Preservation Conversation: Come On, Cowboy!

Preservation Conversation: Come On, Cowboy!

Restoration World Premiere. Free for Museum Members. Post-screening conversation with Melissa Haizlip and Academy Film Archive Preservation Officer Joe Lindner moderated by Academy Museum Director and President Jacqueline Stewart

Restoration World Premiere 
Free for Museum Members. 

Previously thought to be lost, Come On, Cowboy! is an independent B-Western comedy that features an all-Black cast and stars Mantan Moreland and Mauryne Brent. Moreland plays a clumsy buffoon tasked with preparing a ranch for a friend’s wedding, which unbeknownst to him is being used as a hideout for a gang of gunslinging bandits. Although some of the characters undeniably fall into racial stereotypes of the time, it is important to note that these actors were able to assume roles that otherwise would have been relegated to white actors in mainstream Hollywood. 

Note by Academy Film Archive Preservation Archivist Brianna Toth. 

DIRECTED BY: Uncredited. WRITTEN BY: Uncredited. WITH: Mantan Moreland, Mauryne Brent, Johnny Lee, Flournoy E. Miller. 1949. 67 min. USA. B&W. English. DCP. Restoration by the Academy Film Archive and Blackhawk Films with funding from the estate of David Shepard from the only surviving 35mm nitrate print donated by Giancarlo Esposito and Laurence Fishburne. 

Academy Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation.

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