I think that this is one of Glenn Ford's best performances. He playsagainst type cast as a tough rancher with not much heart. JackLemmon provides the heart for the film. The film is realistic in it'sportrayal of western life in the ninteenth century and is based onthe Writer Frank Harris's real story. Frank Harris was a hotel clerkwho wanted to be a cowboy so bad that he gave his own money tobuy a piece of the stock from Glen Ford's ranch with the conditionthat he could ride the trail. Glen Ford loses his money gamblingand has to take Harris(Lemmon's) deal in order to buy morecattle.Along the trail Lemmon finds the work hard and the men that heassociates with harder. Harris becomes tough but learns alesson and in the end teaches something to Glen Ford along theway. The only problem with the dvd version is that it is in pan and scanformat and it should be in wide screen as this is an epic westernthat needs the wide screen. I recommend that the viewer whoreally wants to see this in widescreen request it on turner classicmovies as that is the only place where you can see it thatway.Enjoy this movie any way you can see it however. It is like a goodnovel.
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...
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