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The Castaway Cowboy (1974)

A Texas cowboy is rescued at sea by a 12-year-old boy. While he waits to return home, he decides to help out his rescuer's family.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lincoln Costain
... Henrietta MacAvoy
... Calvin Bryson
... Booton 'Little Maca' MacAvoy
Elizabeth Smith ... Liliha (MacAvoy housekeeper)
... Kimo
... Marruja (Bryson's henchman)
... Capt. Cary
Nephi Hannemann ... Malakoma (witch doctor)
Lito Capiña ... Leleo
Ralph Hanalei ... Hopu
... Oka (as Kahana)
Lee Woodd ... Palani
Luis Delgado ... The Hatman (loses hat to Costain)
... Boatman taking Costain to ship


A Texas cowboy is rescued at sea by a 12-year-old boy. While he waits to return home, he decides to help out his rescuer's family.

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Family | Comedy | Western


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Release Date:

1 August 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Hawaiian Cowboy  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


The location of the Pacific Island was an isle in the "Sandwich Islands". This is another name for Hawaii as it was the name given to the Hawaiian Islands by English nautical explorer James Cook on 18th January 1778 when Cook became the first European to discover the territory. See more »


Lincoln Costain: What is it boy? What's the matter?
Booton 'Little Maca' MacAvoy: It's One of the animals, a big one he's eatin' up the vegetables again.
Henrietta MacAvoy: Get out of there. Get out of my garden, do you hear me? Get out!
Lincoln Costain: One of the animals, woe doggey, you didn't tell me you had cattle around here, Button
Booton 'Little Maca' MacAvoy: Booton. We don't that thing's wild but I sure hope he eats the turnips!
Lincoln Costain: He may be wild but he ain't no thing. That's about a thousand pounds of prime bull out there.
Henrietta MacAvoy: You willful, worthless, misbegotten beast!
Lincoln Costain: That's a right nice vocabulary ...
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Look Who's Washed Up in Hawaii!
5 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

Wayward Texas cowboy James Garner (as Lincoln Costain) washes up on the beaches of Hawaii, is taken home by fatherless (hint, hint!) young Eric Shea (as Booton MacAvoy), meets tightly-outfitted single mom Vera Miles (as Henrietta), helps her ward off slimy suitor Robert Culp (as Calvin Bryson), and saves the family's business. The English performers speak to the smiling Hawaiians like they are mentally retarded; apparently, with good reason. Mr. Garner unfavorably compares them to schoolgirls and Ms. Miles notes, "They do like their fun!" One of them is handy with the spear, so Garner better watch his back!

**** The Castaway Cowboy (8/1/74) Vincent McEveety ~ James Garner, Eric Shea, Vera Miles, Robert Culp

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