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A young orphan boy who has always wanted to be a rodeo rider meets and befriends his idol, world champion rodeo rider Casey Tibbs.


Tay Garnett


Tay Garnett (story), Winston Miller


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Episode cast overview:
Casey Tibbs Casey Tibbs ... Casey Tibbs
Brandon De Wilde ... Terry Johnson
Robert J. Wilke ... Zecca (as Robert Wilke)
Clem Bevans ... Stryker
Don Beddoe ... Superintendent P.S. McDonald
Hal Baylor ... Registration Official
Paul Birch ... Doc
James Bell ... Joe


A young orphan boy who has always wanted to be a rodeo rider meets and befriends his idol, world champion rodeo rider Casey Tibbs.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





Release Date:

4 July 1956 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Unsold pilot for a proposed but unrealized television series. See more »


When Brandon De Wilde sits on the porch the shot has been extended by editing the film forwards and in reverse as he wrings his hands. See more »

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4 January 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Screen Directors Playhouse: Partners (1956)

** (out of 4)

Average entry in the series has a young boy (Brandon DeWilde) working on a ranch where he's abused by the owner and another worker. He goes to a rodeo one day with a stranger (Casey Tibbs) not knowing he's actually the famous rodeo star. To say anything more would pretty much ruin the twists and turns in the story but if you've ever seen a movie before in your life then you're going to figure out what they are within the first ten-minutes anyways. Overall this is a fairly decent story but there are just a few problems with it including one major one. The biggest problem is the performance of Tibbs who is playing himself here but he seems to be trying to get away with a Dean or Brando impersonation. At times the performance is very laughable including one scene where he first shows up on the ranch and see the young boy get thrown from a horse. Just look at the expression on his face for one of the biggest laughs of your life. This is one of the most moments of overacting that I've ever seen and I can't believe that the director and producer would be mean enough to keep it in the film. DeWilde, best known for his role in SHANE, is pretty good in his part and makes it quite believable. I thought the story of friendship between the two was quite touching even if it is predictable from start to finish.

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