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Teenager Ben Mockridge feels life in a Wild West farm town has nothing better to offer then horse-cart racing with other hicks, so he naively begs cattle company owner Frank Culpepper to engage him as youngest cowboy for a long cattle trail to a fort, his mother barely notices. Ben doesn't even seem to get it when he's told to report as 'little Mary' to the old cook, whose words cowboy is something you do only if you have nothing better gradually become clear. Instead of an exciting heroic macho life, it's endless hard work, dumb chores and embarrassment, even getting literally caught with his pants down, robbed of his horse, witnessing unpunished crimes...

  1. Dick Richards

    Director, Story

  2. Gregory Prentiss


  3. Eric Bercovici


Top Billed Cast

  1. Gary Grimes

    Gary Grimes

    Ben Mockridge

  2. Billy Green Bush

    Billy Green Bush

    Frank Culpepper

  3. Luke Askew

    Luke Askew


  4. Bo Hopkins

    Bo Hopkins

    Dixie Brick

  5. Geoffrey Lewis

    Geoffrey Lewis


Full Cast & Crew

The Culpepper Cattle Co.
The Culpepper Cattle Co.


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Status Released

Release Information

  • April 15, 1972
    Theatrical (limited)


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 32m

Budget -

Revenue -

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