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Directed by: Vincent McEveety 1974 | 91 min.

Section: The Pacific 'Other': A Retrospective


Sponsored by:

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

1850s San Francisco is the opening setting for the 1974 Disney production, THE CASTAWAY COWBOY. James Garner stars as Lincoln Costain, a Texas cowboy visiting California when he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and winds up being shanghaied, destination unknown. Costain uses his considerable wits to escape and ends up washed ashore in Hawaii. 

Rescued by Henrietta MacAvoy (Vera Miles), a widowed potato farmer, Costain quickly surveys the situation and convinces the widow MacAvoy to try some of his tried-and-trusted Texas techniques in an attempt to salvage her ranch. He then has to persuade the skeptical local workers as well. 

THE CASTAWAY COWBOY is typical Disney family fare, with a competent cast and engaging storyline. Robert Culp co-stars as an unscrupulous banker with designs on the MacAvoy property, as well as on Henrietta. 

Filmed in Hawaii, the scenery is eye-catching and overall, THE CASTAWAY COWBOY is an enjoyable film.


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Cast & Crew

Director Vincent McEveety
Screenwriter Don Tait
Producer Winston Hibler, Ron Miller
Cast James Garner, Vera Miles, Robert Culp, Eric Shea, Elizabeth Smith, Manu Tupou, Gregory Sierra, Shug Fisher, Nephi Hannermann, Lito Capina, Ralph Hanalei, Kim Kahana, Lee Woodd, Luis Delgado, Buddy Joe Hooker, Patrick Sullivan Burke, Jerry Velasco
Cinematographer Andrew Jackson
Production Designer Robert Clatworthy
Editor Cotton Warburton
Associate Producer Christopher Hibler
Costume Designer Chuck Keehne, Emily Sundby
Music Composer Robert F. Brunner
Art Designer John B. Mansbridge

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