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A young orphan boy who has always wanted to be a rodeo rider meets and befriends his idol, world champion rodeo rider Casey Tibbs.


Tay Garnett


Tay Garnett (story), Winston Miller


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Episode cast overview:
Casey Tibbs Casey Tibbs ... Casey Tibbs
Brandon De Wilde ... Terry Johnson
Robert J. Wilke ... Zecca (as Robert Wilke)
Clem Bevans ... Stryker
Don Beddoe ... Superintendent P.S. McDonald
Hal Baylor ... Registration Official
Paul Birch ... Doc
James Bell ... Joe


A young orphan boy who has always wanted to be a rodeo rider meets and befriends his idol, world champion rodeo rider Casey Tibbs.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance





Release Date:

4 July 1956 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Unsold pilot for a proposed but unrealized television series. See more »


When Brandon De Wilde sits on the porch the shot has been extended by editing the film forwards and in reverse as he wrings his hands. See more »

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Come Back, Shane
4 January 2012 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Veteran director Tay Garnett helms this very slight story in which Brandon DeWilde -- the kid from SHANE -- gets to exhibit hero worship, this time for real life rodeo star Casey Tibbs. Mr. Tibbs can't act for beans and Master DeWilde can't manage more than one emotion, but Garnett ekes out this run-away-and-join-the-rodeo piece with some nice shots of a rodeo in action.

Everything about this piece is well done, but it doesn't add up to more than the sum of its parts and occasionally you can see the calculation of sentimentality showing through. I'm all in favor of sentiment and happy endings, but the slightness of the story and the straightforward manner in which it is told is not particularly engaging. The result is adequate, but no more.

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