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Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County (1-May-1970)

Director: Tony Leader

Writer: Ranald MacDougall

Music: Lyn Murray

Producer: Ranald MacDougall

Keywords: Western/Comedy

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jim Backus
25-Feb-1913 3-Jul-1989 Mr. Howell on Gilligan's Island
Noah Beery, Jr.
10-Aug-1913 1-Nov-1994 Rocky on The Rockford Files
Dan Blocker
10-Dec-1928 13-May-1972 Hoss on Bonanza
Hamilton Camp
30-Oct-1934 2-Oct-2005 Voice of GizmoDuck
Jack Cassidy
5-Mar-1927 12-Dec-1976 The Eiger Sanction
Marge Champion
2-Sep-1919   Show Boat
Iron Eyes Cody
3-Apr-1904 4-Jan-1999 Keep America Beautiful
Wally Cox
6-Dec-1924 15-Feb-1973 Mr. Peepers
Jack Elam
13-Nov-1918 20-Oct-2003 The Sundowners
Nanette Fabray
27-Oct-1920   Caesar's Hour
Henry Jones
1-Aug-1912 17-May-1999 The Bad Seed
Stubby Kaye
11-Nov-1918 14-Dec-1997 Guys and Dolls
Mickey Rooney
23-Sep-1920 6-Apr-2014 Actor in Andy Hardy comedies, musicals


Dan Blocker   ...   Charley
Nanette Fabray   ...   Sadie
Also Starring
Jim Backus   ...   Staunch
Wally Cox   ...   Mr. Bester
Jack Elam   ...   Kittrick
Henry Jones   ...   Hanson
Stubby Kaye   ...   Bartender
Mickey Rooney   ...   Indian Tom
Noah Beery, Jr.   ...   Eddie
Marge Champion   ...   Mrs. Bester
Donald Barry   ...   Rusty
Hamilton Camp   ...   Mr. Fowler
Tom Basham   ...   Traveler
Iron Eyes Cody   ...   Crazy Foot
James McCallion   ...   Dr. Henry
Byron Foulger   ...   Rev. Marshall
Ray Ballard   ...   Carson
Jack Cassidy   ...   Roger Hand


Review by steve dodrill (posted on 28-Aug-2005)

Of all the western genre, this work is one of the funniest movies ever made, and by coincedence, made on purpose. Dan Blocker, the only town blacksmith, plays the usual rube trying to just make his life better by getting a mail order bride. When he gets "stiffed", he begins to leave town. When a very dimwitted "mountain man" discovers this, he hurries to the local bar where all the "respectable" town businessmen are congregating and informs them of this situation. They become very concerned as they will have no one to keep their town running and so they concoct a plan to have the local saloon hussy become quickly respectable and pose as the woman who stood Blocker up. The tale goes from there and gets more and more funny as the plot thickens. Jack Elam, the best villan, or dupe ever, is a near blind bounty hunter and his role will make you fall over laughing. Mickey Rooney, a superb commedian in any role, outdoes himself with some of his lines and actions. Jim Backus, Nannette Fabre and Noah Berry are great in their roles as well. This movie has so many subtle scenes, lines, and events, it takes at least three if not more times to watch it to really pick up on all the cast did during this movie. It's a shame it never has been brought to DVD for more to enjoy, movies like that don't get made any more.

Review by anonymous (posted on 2-May-2006)

This is a great film. It is a western-screwball-romantic comedy. Jack Cassidy loses his temper when he is locked up in jail by mistake and tries to explain the mistake to Jack Elam, a grizzled bounty hunter with spectacles so thick they hide his eyes. The talent of the cast is what makes this film so unforgettable (I haven't seen it since it was released in the theaters). Another movie in similar vein was Dirty Dingus McGee with Frank Sinatra and George Kennedy.

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