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Callaway Went Thataway Reviews

In this delightful spoof of the early TV Hopalong Cassidy craze, TV promoters Mike Frye (Fred MacMurray) and Deborah Patterson (Dorothy McGuire) are handed the assignment of finding "Smoky" Callaway, a yesteryear star of B westerns who has become an overnight smash, with millions of youngsters watching his old oaters on TV. They are unable to find Callaway but do discover real-life cowboy Stretch Barnes (Howard Keel), a double for the missing actor, and induce him to impersonate Callaway. Trouble begins as success goes to Stretch's head and he becomes a thoroughly obnoxious "star." The situation worsens when the real Callaway (also played by Keel) shows up. It's a lot of fun and offers an interesting portrait of the early days of television.