Cinema: Cowboy Clowns

The Rounders is an amiable knuckle-headed western about two lumpish modern cowpokes and their love-hate relationship with an obstreperous horse. Howdy (Henry Fonda) and Ben (Glenn Ford) ride the range in a deplorable old Dodge pickup, fleeing the specter of steady jobs. While Fonda broods about the plump divorcee he loved and lost at a dude ranch, Ford dreams of escape to a desert isle "where there ain't no grass, ain't no horses." Then the bronc-busters' skill is challenged by a blaze-faced roan given to bucking, biting and occasional drunkenness. At one point Ford is so enraged by the animal that...

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