The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County (1970)


The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County (1970)

Charley (Dan Blocker) is the kindly but simple-minded blacksmith who sends a year's earnings back East for a mail-order bride. When he and the town turn out for the woman's arrival at the train station, he is embarrassed when she never appears. The saddened giant plans to leave town. The townspeople recruit the new saloon-girl Sadie (Nanette Fabray) to pose as the bride-to-be so the residents will retain the services of the blacksmith. Jim Backus is the Sheriff who runs for Mayor. Wally Cox plays Mr. Bester, the henpecked husband of his harridan wife (Marge Champion). Mickey Rooney, Stubby Kaye, Iron Eyes Cody, and Jack Cassidy appeared in this western comedy.
IMDb   6.2 /10
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Director Anton Leader
Director Ranald MacDougall
Writer Ranald MacDougall
Release Date1970-04-21
Runtime1h 39min
GenreComedy, Western
Content RatingG (G)
CompanyUniversal Pictures
Charleyas Charley
Sadieas Sadie
Staunchas Staunch
Mr. Besteras Mr. Bester
Kittrickas Kittrick
Hansonas Hanson
Bartenderas Bartender
Indian Tomas Indian Tom
Noah Beery Jr.
Noah Beery Jr.
Eddieas Eddie
Mrs. Besteras Mrs. Bester
Don 'Red' Barry
Don 'Red' Barry
Rustyas Rusty
Mr. Fowleras Mr. Fowler
Tom Basham
Tom Basham
Traveleras Traveler
Crazy Footas Crazy Foot
James McCallion
James McCallion
Dr. Henryas Dr. Henry
Byron Foulger
Byron Foulger
Reverend Marshallas Reverend Marshall
Ray Ballard
Ray Ballard
Carsonas Carson
Jack Cassidy
Jack Cassidy
Roger Handas Roger Hand

The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County

The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County is a 1970 American comedy Western film by Universal Studios, directed by Anton Leader and Ranald MacDougall, and starring Dan Blocker and Nanette Fabray, with a supporting cast featuring Jim Backus, Mickey Rooney, Wally Cox, Jack Elam, Noah Beery, Jr. and Don "Red" Barry. MacDougal wrote the screenplay.

The film became Blocker's final role (besides his long-running role as "Hoss Cartwright" on Bonanza) before his death from complications from gall bladder surgery in May 1972. In late 2010, the Encore Westerns channel began showing this film intermittently on their schedule.


A simple-minded blacksmith named Charley, beloved by the townsfolk, saves for a year to send for a mail-order bride. When Charley and many of the townsfolk gather at the train station to greet the woman on her scheduled arrival date, she fails to appear and Charley is publicly embarrassed. Realizing that he has been suckered out of his savings and feeling like a fool, Charley plans to leave the town for good.

Charley is the town’s only blacksmith and no one else is available to replace him. In order to persuade him to stay, the townsfolk recruit a saloon girl named Sadie to pose as Charley’s mail-order bride. As Charley is a straight-and-narrow sort of person, he has never been in the saloon and does not immediately recognize the woman for who she really is. The film is about Charley’s simple-minded efforts to see through the deceit and the townspeople’s efforts to maintain the fiction that a saloon girl is as pure as the driven snow.