Cinema: Growing Up Absurd

THE COWBOYS

Directed by MARK RYDELL

Screenplay by IRVING RAVETCH, HARRIET FRANK JR. and WILLIAM DALE JENNINGS

Wil Anderson, on the sunset side of 50, has to get his herd of cattle to market. The hands he hired for the drive ran out on him when they heard about the gold strike upriver. There is not a man left in the territory to help him, so Wil turns to boys—eleven eager, callow youngsters. He teaches them a little about roping and riding trail. He hires a black man named Jebediah Nightlinger to tend the chuck wagon....

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