Rustlers' Rhapsody

Synopsis: While the audience watches a black and white horse opera, a narrator's voice wonders what such a movie would be like today. Rex O'Herlihan, The Singing Cowboy, finds himself in color and enters a cliché-ridden town, in which the evil cattle baron (Andy Griffith) and the new Italian cowboys (who always wear raincoats no matter how hot it gets) join forces to get him and the sheep ranchers to leave the valley.
Genre: Comedy, Western
Director(s): Hugh Wilson
Production: Paramount Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

How a person dresses is nobody's

business but his or her own.

- What?

- You heard me.

You know what

you look like to me?

You look like one of those fellas

who's attracted to other men.

This is iust a warning.

lf you or your men draw on me,

l'll shoot each man in the hand.

ln the hand?

That's right.

Not in the face or the chest?


l don't like the idea

of getting shot in the hand.

Then go home, Blackie.

- Go home?

- That's right.

Go home?

Yeah, and see someone

about your hearing.

Draw your gun, prairie faiy.

l never draw first.

Well, hell. That's no problem.

Well, don't iust stand there, boys.

Get him.


Now we've done it.

All right, you two.

Get your friend

and get out of here.

But he's dead.

So what?

Get him out of here.

You ain't heard

the last of this, mister.

l know.

Believe me, l know.

Mister, l never saw shooting

like that in my life.

You're good.

Thanks, partner.

Was that as good for you

as it was for me?


Excuse me.

Excuse me there, stranger.

You got a place to stay?

l got a campsite

outside of town.

Why don't you stay

in the hotel?

l never stay in town.

What's your name anyhow?

l'm Rex O'Herlihan,

The Singing Cowboy.

- The what?

- The Singing Cowboy!

Oh, well, listen, Mr. O'Herlihan.

You got to be careful

here in Oaood Estates.

This is a plenty dangerous town.

High-stakes power plays, murder,

robbey, intrigue, the works.

You think that's funny?

This is the West.

People are arbitrarily shot to pieces

Ieft and right. l mean, it is all so violent!

Where was l?

Oh. ''lt's all so violent.''

Oh, yeah.

Yeah, see, this is the West.

- Out in the West...

- l know all about the West.

l travel all over it, from town to town.

That's what l do.

Yeah, but see, in this town...

This town's no different

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Hugh Wilson

Hugh Hamilton Wilson (born August 21, 1943) is an American movie director, writer and TV showrunner. He is best known as the creator of the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati and Frank's Place, and as the director of the popular movie comedies Police Academy and The First Wives Club. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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