Ride 'Em Cowboy

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"They'd make a horse LAUGH!"
  • Approved
  • 1942
  • 1 hr 22 min
  • 6.5  (1,722)

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello star in 'Ride 'Em Cowboy' - a cowboy comedy launched in 1942 that's a perfect blend of wild west and slapstick humor! The film is directed by Arthur Lubin and was a blockbuster hit at the box office. The movie opens with Duke (Dick Foran) and Willoughby (Lou Costello) - two horse riding salesmen, trying to sell a horse to a wealthy dude who's more into golf than horseback riding. Duke demands a horse race to prove the horse's worth, and the wealthy man agrees. Meanwhile, Willoughby tries to impress a beautiful ranch owner by pretending to be a wealthy man, but she sees through the charade and takes an instant dislike to him.

The duo's luck changes when a cowboy film studio called 'Glamour Pictures' hires them to work as stuntmen. Before long, Duke becomes the leading man on a new film, while Willoughby's clumsiness causes chaos on set. The film's producers decide to use Willoughby as a live target for the cowboys' bullets, which results in him being drugged and mistakenly loaded onto the train heading for the location shoot.

The train ride becomes a hilarious adventure, with Willoughby's antics creating chaos in the train's dining car, and he ends up getting thrown out of the train, landing in a nest of rattlesnakes. Duke arrives at the location shoot with the film's leading lady, Judith (Anne Gwynne), and the movie's director, who has his work cut out for him when Willoughby finally arrives.

From here, the cowboy comedy delivers non-stop laughs, with Willoughby interrupting the shoot multiple times, leading to hilarious results. Some of the funniest scenes take place when Willoughby tries to retrieve his cowboy boots from the main street that has since become a cattle drive street, and when Duke teaches Willoughby how to herd cattle, which turns out to be an utter disaster.

The film's climax features a rodeo, where Duke and Willoughby participate in a bull-riding competition, leading to more mishaps and belly laughs. The duo eventually gets their comeuppance when the cattle get loose and wreak havoc on the surrounding town.

'Ride 'Em Cowboy' is a comedy classic that showcases the comic genius of Abbott and Costello. The movie delivers one hysterical scene after another, and the duo's witty one-liners and antics never fail to leave the audience in stitches. The physical comedy and slapstick gags are executed to perfection, making it an all-time favorite even today.

The movie has a great cast ensemble, with Dick Foran putting up an excellent show as the suave cowboy. Anne Gwynne delivers an impressive performance as the lovely leading lady, and the supporting cast does their bit to add to the humor quotient.

The movie's musical numbers, sung by the likes of The Merry Macs and Ella Fitzgerald, add to the film's entertainment value, making it a wholesome package. The iconic dance number performed by The Ink Spots in a cameo appearance is a delight to watch and adds to the film's charm.

In conclusion, 'Ride 'Em Cowboy' is a must-watch for fans of classic comedy movies, westerns, and Abbott and Costello films. It's an epic cowboy comedy that tickles your funny bone and leaves you in splits. So saddle up and get ready for a laugh riot that's guaranteed to keep you entertained from start to finish!

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    1 hr 22 min
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    6.5  (1,722)