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Old 01-08-2019, 12:58 AM
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A question about "Cowboy"(1958)

This was the other day- an old oater starring Jack Lemmon and Glenn Ford. Ford is the head cowboy. The crew is laying around a campfire, and Lemmon wants to go into town, against orders from Ford. As he walks away, Ford reaches down by the fire and picks up a crowbar which he throws at the back of Jack's legs. A fight ensues. My question is: what's a cowboy doing with a crowbar? I mean, maybe one would be in the wagon with the rest of the tools. But just laying on the ground by the campfire?
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It was a iron brander. For them lil'doggies.
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Old 01-08-2019, 01:19 AM
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It was a iron brander. For them lil'doggies.
Well now, that makes sense. But I could have sworn Jack referred to it as a crowbar.
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Old 01-08-2019, 01:47 AM
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I've seen the movie several times. I don't remember a mention of a crowbar. That doesn't mean they didnt mention it. Maybe they were using it to stir up the coals. Could happen.
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Maybe it was a cowbar?
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I've seen the movie several times. I don't remember a mention of a crowbar. That doesn't mean they didnt mention it. Maybe they were using it to stir up the coals. Could happen.
OTOH, crowbars have been around a long time for things like repairing wagons. No reason why a cowboy couldn't have one lying around.
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I'm personally more confused later in the film by the brief appearance of a Mazda Miata.
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Fire irons aka pokers are common implements for managing fires. In a rustic setting any old piece of iron bar would do.

Keeping a branding iron in a fire while the crew is lying around doesn't make sense.
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