Saturday, February 1, 2014

Cowboy (1958)

Director: Delmer Daves

Writers: Frank Harris, Edmund H. North, Dalton Trumbo

Composer: George Duning

Starring: Glenn Ford, Jack Lemmon, Anna Kashfi, Brian Donlevy, Dick York, Victor Manuel Mendoza, Richard Jaeckel, King Donovan, Vaughn Taylor, Donald Randolph, James Westerfield, Eugene Iglesias, Frank DeKova

More info: IMDb


Plot: Chicago hotel clerk Frank Harris dreams of life as a cowboy, and he gets his chance when, jilted by the father of the woman he loves, he joins Tom Reece and his cattle-driving outfit. Soon, though, the tenderfoot finds out life on the range is neither what he expected nor what he's been looking for.

My rating: 8/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

What a fun flick!  Glenn Ford never ceases to amaze me.  He's a wonderful actor and his performance in this is fantastic.  His character, Tom, much like Frank (Lemmon), goes through a transformation but through it all he's a fun loving, hard working man that doesn't like to mince words or waste time.  Ford embodies the cowboy persona.  He's the man. There are some familiar faces here that will put a smile on your face, especially a young Dick York.  Lemmon shows his chops as a believable hotel clerk turned rough and tumble cowboy.  From the beginning of the picture when Tom bursts into the swanky hotel after a cattle run to the end when it happens all over again, it's filled with cowboy action and drama that felt more salty than most of the typical Westerns of the day.

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