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Bud Abbott & Lou Costello invade the wild west in Ride 'Em Cowboy. The boys play Duke and Willoughby, a couple of rodeo peanut vendors who get mixed up in the travails of western novelist Bob Mitchell (Dick Foran). Ostensibly a true Son of the Frontier, Bob has actually never been west of Brooklyn in his life. To prove that he's got the "right stuff," Bob heads to a dude ranch, where he tries to curry favor with pretty ranchowner's daughter Anne Shaw (Anne Gwynne). Meanwhile, tenderfeet Duke and Willoughby run afoul of a local Indian tribe, whose chief Jake Rainwater (Douglass Dumbrille) demands that Willoughby marry Jake's porcine daughter (Babe London). The obligatory climactic slapstick chase finds Foran teaming up with authentic westerner Alabam (Johnny Mack Brown) to foil a gang of modern-day crooks, while Duke and Willoughby do their best to elude Jake and his war-whooping braves. Not quite as consistently funny as previous Abbot & Costello efforts, Ride 'Em Cowboy suffers from a bit too much directorial interference-especially during the classic "Crazy House" routine, which is weakened by director Arthur Lubin's attempts to make it more "cinematic." Even so, the film is an enjoyable melange of comedy and music, the latter commodity provided by Dick Foran, the Merry Macs, the Hi-Hatters, the Jivin' Jacks and Jills, and even Ella Fitzgerald! Best musical number: "I'll Remember April", brilliantly sung by Foran and gorgeously photographed by John W. Boyle. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Bud Abbott
as Duke
Lou Costello
as Willoughby
Dick Foran
as Jimmy Roberts
Anne Gwynne
as Anne Shaw
Johnny Mack Brown
as Alabam
Ted McMichael
as Dick
Joe McMichael
as Harry
Ella Fitzgerald
as Ruby
Samuel S. Hinds
as Sam Shaw
Douglas Dumbrille
as Jake Rainwater
Morris Ankrum
as Ace Anderson
Wade Boteler
as Rodeo Manager
Linda Brent
as Sunbeam
Boyd Davis
as Doctor
Eddie Dunn
as 2nd Detective
James Flavin
as Railroad Detective
Jo Gilbert
as Moonbeam
Russell Hicks
Charles Lane
as Martin Manning
Richard Lane
as Peter Conway
Ralph Peters
as 1st Henchman
Isabel Randolph
as Lady
James Seay
as Ranger Captain
Harry Monty
as Midget
Isabel Randolph
as Lady
James Seay
as Ranger Captain
James Flavin
as Railroad Detective
Ralph Peters
as 1st Henchman
Linda Brent
as Sunbeam
Charles Lane
as Martin Manning
Richard Lane
as Peter Conway
Wade Boteler
as Rodeo Manager
Jo Gilbert
as Moonbeam
Eddie Dunn
as 2nd Detective
Boyd Davis
as Doctor

Crew

Arthur Lubin
Director
Alex Gottlieb
Producer
Edmund L. Hartmann
Screen Story
Buck Jones
Screenwriter
John Grant
Screenwriter
Harold Shumate
Screenwriter
John W. Boyle
Cinematographer
Patricia Johnston
Songwriter
Charles Previn
Musical Direction/Supervision
Don Raye
Songwriter
Gene de Paul
Songwriter
Phil Cahn
Editor
Jack Otterson
Art Director
Nick Castle
Choreography
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