Cowboy

1958

Action / Western

3
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 62%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 2108

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Jack Lemmon as Frank Harris
Glenn Ford as Tom Reese
Dick York as Charlie, Trailhand
Strother Martin as Cowhand Bitten by Snake
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by dglink 8 / 10

Fine Ford-Daves Western Collaboration

A city tenderfoot toughens up on a long cattle drive in "Cowboy," the last of three westerns that Glenn Ford made with director Delmer Daves; the others being "Jubal" and "3:10 to Yuma." Although not a classic like "3:10 to Yuma," the film is well made, and the literate screenplay by Edmund H. North and Dalton Trumbo was based on the memoirs of Frank Harris, a Welsh writer who actually spent time as a cowhand in the 1870's. Jack Lemmon plays the real-life Frank Harris, a hotel clerk with romantic problems and dreams of becoming a cattleman. Harris also has a little money in the bank, and, at a critical moment, he convinces a successful cattle driver named Tom Reese, played by Glenn Ford, to take him on as a cattle hand. Over the course of a long drive to Mexico, Harris learns the rigors and hard facts of the trail. The cattle drive provides the background for a battle of opposing views between Harris, who values human life, and Reese, who puts the value of a steer above all else.

Although Lemmon initially has to overcome his light-comic image, he eventually succeeds in the dramatic scenes, if slightly less so in the romantic; his love interest, Marlon Brando's first wife, Anna Kashfi, seems an odd, unattainable match for Lemmon. However, a veteran of many westerns, Glenn Ford is excellent; like his Ben Wade in "3:10 to Yuma," the easy-going good-guy image masks a steely toughness that makes him dangerous to cross. Both Lemmon and Ford ably develop their characters as they spar and influence each other during the drive. The two stars are supported by a bevy of veteran supporting players that includes Brian Donlevy, Richard Jaeckel, and Vaughn Taylor. The fine cinematography by Charles Lawton, who also lensed the other two Daves-Ford western collaborations, captures the beauty of New Mexico landscapes.

Glenn Ford was an underrated actor, whose career needs re-evaluation. While "Cowboy" may not be a classic like "Gilda," "The Blackboard Jungle," or "3:10 to Yuma," Ford is in fine form. His biography, Glenn Ford: A Life, penned by his son a few years back, is worthy reading and will re-introduce film lovers to an actor whose star has dimmed since his heyday in the 1940's through 1960's. "Cowboy," among other films, should help restore his reputation and his place in Hollywood history.

Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 9 / 10

The real West!

Much praised by professional critics in its day, this movie seems to have disappeared. I've never seen it on TV and if there was a DVD release, it was certainly not stocked by any of my local stores. So here is an update of my original review: The screenplay has something to say, and says it well. Here's the real West where men were real men and buddies only occasionally ride to the rescue. The action spots are solidly handled and the shots of rugged, picturesque landscapes stay in the mind, along with such memorable episodes as the rattler thrown into the camp. Glenn Ford and Jack Lemmon share all the highlights, with Richard Jaeckel backing them up on a couple of memorable occasions. Ultra-publicized Anna Kashfi – in her third of only four movies – has little to do except to look sorrowful (which she does rather well). The movie also has a highly appropriate music score by George Duning. The action scenes still come across with a high degree of power, despite the very obvious use of doubles. In all, the movie is extremely well produced by Julian Blaustein. He also handled Broken Arrow and Cowboy.

Reviewed by jacobs-greenwood 7 / 10

A Western that's worth a look, despite some odd casting: Jack Lemmon

Directed by Delmer Daves, and adapted from Frank Harris's book My Reminiscences as a Cowboy by Dalton Trumbo and Edmund North, this Western is worth a look despite the odd casting which includes Jack Lemmon in the title role as Harris, and Dick York as a womanizing trail hand named Charlie.

Glenn Ford is hardly out of place as the hard nosed cattle drive master, Tom Reese. Marlon Brando's wife Anna Kashfi plays Maria Vidal, the Mexican woman who's the object of Harris's affections; Donald Randolph plays her disapproving father Senor Vidal. Brian Donlevy plays a stereotypical quick draw lawman, Doc Bender, who joins the cattle drive as a trail hand because he's tired of everyone gunning for him. Victor Manuel Mendoza plays Reese's dependable right hand man Paco, aka Ramrod. World War II film veteran Richard Jaeckel plays Paul Curtis, another trail hand whose careless act with a rattlesnake leads to the death of a wagon driver, played by an uncredited Strother Martin. King Donovan plays another veteran trail hand, Joe Capper. William Lyon and Al Clark earned an Academy Award nomination for Editing.

At the end of a long cattle drive, Tom Reese (Ford) and his crew descend upon a Chicago hotel whose manager, Mr. Fowler (Vaughn Taylor) is prepared for them. He informs his newest employee, Frank Harris (Lemmon), that everyone on the second floor of the hotel must be relocated for Reese and company. Frank is reluctant to do this because he's fallen in love with one of the occupants in a suite on that floor, Maria Vidal (Kashfi), daughter of Senor Vidal (Randolph). However, Frank had expressed his affections for Maria in a poem and her father had intercepted it. Wanting none of these entrapments for his daughter, Senor Vidal decides that they must leave anyway. On the way out of the hotel, cattleman Vidal greets his former acquaintance Tom Reese, and the two tentatively agree to a future business arrangement. Reese is used to getting what he wants from his men and with his money, and is impatient with anything but the very best service from the hotel's employees. While his men party the night away, Reese gambles away so much of his money that he excuses himself at the poker table in order to pay his hotel bill, before he's completely busted. Frank, who'd earlier expressed his grandiose ideas about becoming a cowboy to Reese but had been "shot down", finds himself in the enviable position of being able to stake Reese's comeback in the poker game. Reese, desperate to get back in the game, agrees to let Frank come along on their next trip. However, as he and his men prepare to leave early the next day, Reese is upset that Frank catches up with them, insisting that he's a partner on their drive from Mexico and Senor Vidal's ranch. Since he'd given Frank his word (e.g. his bond!), Reese permits the greenhorn to join them, but it's obvious that he's going to make it tough going for the young man.

The rest of the film deals with the complex relationships between the men and their master, Reese, as well as the evolving relationship between he and Frank, which by the end becomes one of mutual respect. Though the men work as a team by day, they are individuals who are free to get themselves into, and out of, trouble by themselves at night. At first, Frank does not understand the code, particularly when Curtis's careless act causes the wagon driver's death. But after they get to Guadalupe and Senor Vidal's ranch, where he finds that Maria has been forced into a marriage with Don Manuel Mendoza (Eugene Iglesias), Frank adopts Reese's hard attitude with a vengeance. On the drive, when Reese is injured, Frank becomes the hard nosed, seemingly unfeeling, cattle drive master. In a sense, the character of Maria is a Hitchcock-like McGuffin because the meat of the story (if you'll pardon the pun) is the cattle drive and the type of men one finds on it.

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