The Cowboy from Brooklyn

Overview

Dick Powell stars as a Brooklynite who becomes a cowboy in spite of himself. Drifting into a small western town, Powell takes the only job available as a ranch hand. He likes to sing in his spare time, which attracts the attention of talent scout Pat O'Brien. Before you can say Gene Autry, Powell is promoted into America's favorite singing cowboy--though he's hard pressed to prove his western skills when the plot situations demand it. Rather condescending in its attitude towards western stars as non-western ...
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Overview

Dick Powell stars as a Brooklynite who becomes a cowboy in spite of himself. Drifting into a small western town, Powell takes the only job available as a ranch hand. He likes to sing in his spare time, which attracts the attention of talent scout Pat O'Brien. Before you can say Gene Autry, Powell is promoted into America's favorite singing cowboy--though he's hard pressed to prove his western skills when the plot situations demand it. Rather condescending in its attitude towards western stars as non-western movies tended to be in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, Cowboy From Brooklyn was another step backward in the temporarily fading career of Dick Powell. The only good thing to come out of the film was the song "Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride," which became the leitmotif of many a Warner Bros. cartoon short.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An amiable little musical that pokes fun at Western singing stars, The Cowboy from Brooklyn is no great shakes as a film but is agreeably fluffy and will please fans looking for something light, nonsensical and totally inconsequential. Cowboy would never have been a great movie; it simply isn't designed for that kind of fate. But it could have benefited from a better score. The songs it has are certainly pleasant and hummable, but they fall short of being really memorable, despite the fact that they were created by the very talented Richard Whiting, Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer. Earl W. Baldwin's screenplay is serviceable; it gets the story from A to B and provides some nice jokes along the way. Lloyd Bacon's direction is to-the-point; he has a job to do and he gets it done with no fuss. And while Dick Powell is really just a little old at 34 to play the title character, who really should be someone in his 20s, he seems youthful enough that one doesn't really question things. Powell is in good voice and gives the role considerable zip. He's well matched by the lovely Priscilla Lane and gets fine support from fast-paced Pat O'Brien.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2011
  • UPC: 883316352687
  • Original Release: 1938
  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Remastered
  • Time: 1:17:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 81,137

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pat O'Brien Roy Chadwick
Dick Powell Elly Jordan
Priscilla Lane Jane Hardy
Dick Foran Sam Thorne
Ann Sheridan Maxine Chadwick
Johnnie Davis Jeff Hardy
Ronald Wilson Reagan Pat Dunn
Emma Dunn Ma Hardy
Granville Bates Pop Hardy
James Stephenson Prof. Landis
Hobart Cavanaugh Mr. Jordan
Elizabeth Risdon Mrs. Jordan
Rosella Towne Panthea
May Boley Mrs. Krinkenheim
Harry Barris Louie
Candy Candido Spec
Donald Briggs Star Reporter
John Ridgely Beacon Reporter
Mary Field Myrtle Semple
Eddy Chandler Brakeman
William B. Davidson Mr. Alvey
Jimmy Fox Photographer
Mary Gordon Chambermaid
Eddie Graham Reporter
John Harron Technician
Sam Hayes New Commentator
George Hickman Newsboy
Stuart Holmes Doorman
Jeffrey Lynn Chronicle Reporter
Don Marion Bellboy
Dennie Moore Abby Pitts
Jack Mower Station Manager
John T. Murray Col. Rose
Wendell Niles Announcer
Cliff Saum Conductor
Monte Vandergrift Brakeman
Dorothy Vaughan Fat Woman
Emmett Vogan Loudspeaker Announcer
Jack Wise Reporter
Technical Credits
Lloyd Bacon Director
Earl W. Baldwin Screenwriter
Louis Edelman Producer
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
James Gibbon Editor
Esdras Hartley Art Director
Johnny Mercer Songwriter
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Harry Warren Songwriter
Richard A. Whiting Songwriter
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