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Lewis Tater writes Wild West dime novels and dreams of actually becoming a cowboy. When he goes west to find his dream, he finds himself in possession of the loot box of two crooks who tried... See more »

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Lewis Tater
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Howard Pike
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A.J. Nietz
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Miss Trout
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Kessler
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Stout Crook
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Polo (as Herbert Edelman)
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Earl
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Pa Tater
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Lean Crook
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Lester
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Jackson
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Waitress (as Candy Azzara)
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Bank Manager
Wayne Storm ...
Lyle
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Woman in Nevada
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Guest at Beach Party
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Nevada Ticket Agent
Raymond Guth ...
Wally
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Lowell
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Bank Teller
Jane Dulo ...
Mrs. Stern
Dave Morick ...
Cameraman
Jacques Foti ...
Musical Director
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Lucky
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Noodle in Pith Helmet
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Barber
Titus Napoleon ...
Native Drummer
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Neitz' Girlfriend
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WWI Pilot
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Assistent Director musical scene (uncredited)
Susan Hendershot ...
Dancer at Stag Party (uncredited)
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Mr. Gates - Producer (uncredited)
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Customer at Cafe Rio (uncredited)
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Nietz' Housekeeper (uncredited)
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Sam (uncredited)

Directed by

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Howard Zieff

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Rob Thompson ... (written by)

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Tony Bill ... producer

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Ken Lauber

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Mario Tosi ... director of photography

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Edward Warschilka

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Freeman A. Davies ... assistant film editor (as Freeman Davies Jr.)
Hal G. Davis ... assistant film editor (uncredited)

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Dianne Crittenden ... (as Diane Derfner Crittenden)

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Robert Luthardt

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Charles Pierce ... (as Charles B. Pierce)

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Patrick Cummings
Ron Talsky ... (uncredited)

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Dorothy Byrne ... hair stylist
Bob Stein ... makeup artist

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Clark L. Paylow ... unit production manager

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Jack B. Bernstein ... assistant director
Alan Brimfeld ... second assistant director (as Alan Brimfield)

Art Department

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Ted Mossman ... property master
Robby Vandermark ... painter
William Cruse ... set designer (uncredited)
Norman Limacker ... swing man (uncredited)
Don Noack ... props assistant (uncredited)
John Rozman ... leadman (uncredited)
Lorey Yzuel ... construction coordinator (uncredited)

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Jerry Jost ... sound
John Riordan ... sound effects editor (as John P. Riordan)
Harry W. Tetrick ... sound
Joseph Kite ... boom operator (uncredited)
William Manooch ... swing (uncredited)

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Bob Overbeck ... special effects (uncredited)
Jimmy Thomson ... special effects (uncredited)

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Bob Herron ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Pronto ... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Scott ... stunt double (uncredited)
Dean Smith ... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne ... stunt double: Donald Pleasence (uncredited)

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Ken John Borland ... key grip (uncredited)
Don Chase ... second grip (uncredited)
Joseph Cosko Jr. ... second assistant camera (uncredited) / second camera assistant (uncredited)
William Hardin ... grip (uncredited)
Joel King ... first camera assistant (uncredited)
Don Larson ... dolly grip (uncredited)
Joe Pender ... gaffer (uncredited)
John R. Shannon ... still photographer (uncredited)
Donald E. Thorin ... camera operator (uncredited)
Gerald Upton ... best boy (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Barbara Lawrence ... casting assistant (uncredited)

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Lynette Bernay ... costumer (as Lynn Bernay)
Don Vargas ... costumer
Eddie Misko ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Location Management

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Spencer Quinn ... location manager (uncredited)

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Harry V. Lojewski ... music supervisor
Nick Lucas ... special musical artist
Roger Patterson ... special musical artist
William Saracino ... music editor (as Bill Saracino)
Merle Travis ... special musical artist
Ken Lauber ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gus Levene ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Chris Haynes ... driver (uncredited)
William F. Schwanke ... transportation captain (uncredited)

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Tina Calvo ... assistant to producer
Gina Ehrlich ... assistant: Mr. Zieff
Joan Eremin ... script supervisor
Regina Gruss ... publicist
Sylvia Lewis ... choreographer
Tina Calvo ... production secretary (uncredited)
Jack Ebbs ... production assistant (uncredited)
Jane Ficker ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Michael Grillo ... trainee (uncredited)
Monty Laird ... gun trainer (uncredited)
Max Miller ... craft service (uncredited)
George Thomas ... first aid (uncredited)
Marion Vincent ... secretary (uncredited)
Dick Webb ... wrangler boss (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Lewis Tater writes Wild West dime novels and dreams of actually becoming a cowboy. When he goes west to find his dream, he finds himself in possession of the loot box of two crooks who tried to rob him. During his escape, Lewis stumbles on to the set of a Wild West movie, and through mishap and chance, becomes a star of Hollywood Westerns. Written by Bree Humphries

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Taglines Jeff Bridges is Lewis Tater, the Iowa farm boy who blazed a trail across the barren wastes of Hollywood and Vine in MGM's comedy surprise "Hearts of the West." See more »
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Also Known As
  • Hollywood Cowboy (United Kingdom)
  • Hollywood Cowboy (France)
  • Hollywood Cow-Boy (France)
  • Ins Herz des wilden Westens (Germany)
  • Aquel loco loco oeste (Spain)
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  • 102 min
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Trivia Part of a cycle of movies made during the mid-1970s about Tinseltown, old Hollywood, and its Golden Age, including the silent film era. The pictures include Inserts (1975), Valentino (1977), Nickelodeon (1976), Silent Movie (1976), The Wild Party (1975), The Last Tycoon (1976), Hearts of the West (1975), The Day of the Locust (1975), and The World's Greatest Lover (1977). See more »
Goofs When Tater first escapes the two correspondence school he steals a Model A Ford which soon runs out of gas. The gas gauge shown on 'E' is not from a Model A, which utilized a float window, not an electric gauge. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Alan Arkin: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival (2015). See more »
Soundtracks Pagan Love Song See more »
Crazy Credits The film opens with the 1930's MGM logo. See more »
Quotes [after the movie crew pick up Lewis in the desert]
Lewis Tater: You mean you guys ain't cowboys?
Howard Pike: Well, sure we're cowboys. Whaddaya suppose we are? Weasels?
Howard Pike: [points to Wally] Look at that guy's face, right there. Show him your profile, Wally. Now don't that look like a western type to you? That right there is a cowboy's face.
Wally: Reeks character. That's what they told me... reeks.
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