Naive Iowa farm boy Lewis Tater dreams of being a famous Western novelist like his hero, Zane Grey. He leaves home to answer a writing correspondence course's ad for on-campus classes, only to discover that the school consists of a row of postboxes at an isolated Nevada train depot. On the run from the con men responsible, Lewis stumbles across "real" cowboys shooting a movie in the desert. The would-be writer soon finds himself instead acting in Westerns, for the rundown Tumbleweed Productions, in silent-era Hollywood.

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  1. Rob Thompson


  2. Howard Zieff


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  1. Jeff Bridges

    Jeff Bridges

    Lewis Tater

  2. Alan Arkin

    Alan Arkin

    Bert Kessler

  3. Blythe Danner

    Blythe Danner

    Miss Trout

  4. Andy Griffith

    Andy Griffith

    Howard Pike

  5. Alex Rocco

    Alex Rocco


  6. Richard B. Shull

    Richard B. Shull

    Stout Crook

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 42m

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  • October 8, 1975



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