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The Cowboy
The Cowboy
Actors: Tex Ritter, William Conrad, John Dehner, Lawrence Dobkin, Darrell Hawkins
Director: Elmo Williams
Genres: Westerns, Documentary
NR     2006     1hr 9min

This colorful and exciting film vividly portrays the life of the real working cowboy, a life that has virtually vanished since this motion picture was made by Elmo Williams, Oscar-winning film editor of "High Noon." The...  more »


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Actors: Tex Ritter, William Conrad, John Dehner, Lawrence Dobkin, Darrell Hawkins
Director: Elmo Williams
Creators: Lawrence Dobkin, Elmo Williams, Robert L. Lippert, Lorraine Williams
Genres: Westerns, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Westerns, Documentary
Studio: Vci Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 01/17/2006
Original Release Date: 05/28/1954
Theatrical Release Date: 05/28/1954
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 9min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

"The King of B-Westerns & Serials...VCI Entertainment ~ The
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 02/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"VCI Entertainment and Lippert Pictures presents "The Cowboy" (Dolby digitally remastered)...out of this land of legend comes the rawhide story of a man with grit in his gizzard and a gun in his are the days of the buffalo and the wild horse herds, when a man sent his loop high after the stallion he wanted...mustangs would kick, scream, pitch and bite...a story of great tenderness and infinite joy, hell raising when a jamboree is about to start...twenty mile ride for a Saturday night in town...then the rodeo when a man picks his own poison to ride...when roundup time comes a man feels he should be wearing three hats, finds himself being pulled in four directions...and two tons of bulls have a roarin' battle when men have work to do...for all the danger on the trail there was magic protecting the young calves from sneaking coyotes who attacked for the pure and unadulterated deviltry...trouble reeling across the land, fence wars that ricocheted from one horizon to the other for years... the cattle drive watching signs on the hills that might mean comanche...the herd is tense, uneasy ready to spook at even a dust devil...stampede, as they thundered across the west, tamed the wind, rode like fury...his brand will live forever on the land...featuring the cowboys of America as told by Tex Ritter, William Conrad, John Dehner and Larry Dobkin...relive those early days when real cowboys took us down the dusty trails and the plains to exciting events, humor and drama of every day life...director Elmo Williams, screenwriter Lorraine Williams (his wife), produced by Lawrence Dobkin, executive producer Robert L. Lippert, original music composed and conducted by Carl Brandt, songs "The Meadowlark", "Cowboy Saturday Night" and "Dodge City Trail" by Axel Johnson and Lorraine Williams, sung by Tex Ritter and Curly Wiggins.

1. Bonus Video: "Ghost Towns of the Old West" (as told in restored Archival Films) featring Rip Torn as the Ghost
Program Three - "The Deserts" (47 min) (1989)
2. Supplmental commentary by actual cowboys featured in the film
3. Bio on Elmo Williams (Director)
Birth Date: 4/30/1913 - Oklahoma City, OK
Died: not shown
4. Making of The Cowboy

1. The Cowboy
2. Tall Texan
3. Tennesee's Partner
4. Cattle Queen of Montana
5. Little Big Horn
6. Return of Jesse James
7. Great Jesse James Raid

If you enjoyed this feature check out another as VCI Entertainment presents "The Tall Texan" (1953) (Dolby digitally remastered) Lippert Pictures production featuring Lloyd Bridges, Lee J. Cobb, Marie Windsor, Syd Saylor and Luther Adler...story line has the star of this drama Lloyd Bridges a convicted murderer is being transported to prison...on the coach is Marie Windsor, Syd Saylor, Samuel Herrick who is bringing in Lloyd Bridges to the state prison...along the way they meet up with Luther Adler who is up to no good and not a very nice person...a lone indian brings gold to the camp and they're off to a rich vein in Indian Territory...will greed and danger tempt this group of misfits...the big strike of gold is on an Indian burial ground...can Bridges and his little band of gold seekers control themselves and not go past the safety markings.....don't leave the theater just yet, this drama is headed for dangerous times with gold and a dedicated Indian tribe watching this group of outsiders ...Bridges and this small cast make it work and you're drawn completely into the film.

Great job by VCI Entertainment for releasing "The Cowboy" (1954),
the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward
to more high quality releases from the vintage film of The West and Cowboys
...order your copy now from Amazon or VCI Entertainment where there
are plenty of copies available on DVD, stay tuned once again for top notch
action mixed with deadly adventure from the "King of Serials" VCI...just
the way we like 'em

Total Time: 69 min on DVD ~ VCI Entertainment KPF#541~ (1/17/2006)"
Worth it just for the commentary track!
Tintan | Phoenix AZ USA | 01/31/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a beautifully shot (in color) and edited documentary about the life of cowboys in early 1950's New Mexico. Somehow the people who put together the DVD located four of the original cowboys who appeared in the film and got them to do a supplemenetal sound track commentary. They are a real hoot -- authentic cowboys like this are a dying breed. I saw this on television in black and white in the late 1950's. Never knew till now that it was a theatrical feature made in color."