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Cowboy (1958)





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The once-scandalous autobiography of Frank Harris was the source of the fascinating "adult" western Cowboy. Jack Lemmon plays Harris, who when first the audience meets him is a citified desk clerk in a frontier hotel. Harboring romantic notions of the West, Harris prevails upon hard-living, hard-drinking trail boss Tom Reece Glenn Ford to take him along on Reece's next cattle drive. In the months that follow, Harris' idealized notions of the West are cruelly dispelled, though he eventually becomes accustomed to the rough-and-tumble life on the trail and to the curious cameradie between the drovers. The film's most talked-about scene finds a group of cowboys planting a rattlesnake in one of their comrade's blankets as a joke; their regretful but oddly detached reaction when the bitten man dies speaks volumes about the Real West. Also memorable is the performance of Brian Donlevy as Doc Bender, an ageing gunfighter who can't stand the notion of becoming an anachronism. One of the more unorthodox westerns of the 1950s, Cowboy is also one of the best.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Edmund H. North, Edmund H. North, Dalton Trumbo
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 14, 2002
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Glenn Ford
as Tom Reese
Jack Lemmon
as Frank Harris
Anna Kashfi
as Maria Vidal / Arrieg...
Brian Donlevy
as Doc Bender, Trailhan...
Dick York
as Charlie, Trailhand
Víctor Manuel Mendoz...
as Paco Mendoza, Ramrod
Richard Jaeckel
as Paul Curtis
King Donovan
as Joe Capper, Trailhan...
Vaughan Taylor
as Mr. Fowler, Chicago ...
Donald Randolph
as Senor Vidal, Maria's...
Don Randolph
as Senor Vidal
Eugene Iglesias
as Manuel Arriega
Buzz Henry
as Slim Barrett
Bek Nelson
as Charlie's Girl
Strother Martin
as Trailhand
Don Randolph
as Senor Vidal
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Critic Reviews for Cowboy

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The only Western Jack Lemmon, better known for embodying on screen urban angst, has made, Cowboy is well acted by him and Glenn Ford.

Full Review… | August 24, 2012

Good Daves western featuring Ford and Lemmon.

October 25, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

November 5, 2004

Full Review… | November 20, 2003

Audience Reviews for Cowboy

One of the most underrated and under appreciated westerns. It's an exceptional film, and one of my favorite westerns. The leads are terrific, it's one of Glenn Ford's best performances and Jack Lemmon is surprisingly effective. I would not have thought of him as being the western kind of star. The two stars have a great rapport. Good production, fine cinematography.

James Higgins

Good story. Good chemistry between Ford and Lemmon. It was great to see Glenn Ford in a funnier role too.

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