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Cowboy (1958)





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This western saga tells the tale of a Chicago hotel clerk who dreams of becoming a cowboy and moving West. He believes he finally finds his opportunity when a cattle rancher comes to Chicago on business. Try as he might, the rancher cannot get rid of the eager young man.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Western
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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

All Critics (4)

At 92 minutes, Cowboy is simply too short to fully explore its characters and their arcs, but, to quote Pat and Mike's Spencer Tracy (albeit in a completely different context), "What's there is 'cherce.'"

Full Review… | March 12, 2016
Creative Loafing

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

Audience Reviews for Cowboy


Weird that this is the only western Jack Lemmon ever starred in. He's great as a hotel clerk with romantic notions about the West, who wrangles a spot on a cattle drive from trail boss Glenn Ford. Along the way, he discovers his inner cowboy and learns about the "real" West. Interesting moments that dispel Lemmon and the audience's ideas about westerns, but aside from his performance, the film's story is only sporadically interesting.

Daryl Kuxhouse
Daryl Kuxhouse

Only western Jack Lemmon ever did. Kinda slow, but interesting enough. Some good fist fights, decent shoot outs. Good performances by Lemmon and Glenn Ford. The interesting part of the story is, Lemmon's character goes from being the city tenderfoot, to the head of the cattle drive and in the process becomes a jaded whip snapping trail boss. Some good moments between the two leads creates some tense moments. Not a film the casual western fan needs to see but a must for fans of Westerns, Lemmon or Ford.

Daniel Villalobos
Daniel Villalobos

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
James Higgins

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