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Callaway Went Thataway (also called The Star Said No) is a cowboy-themed comedy from 1951. It spoofs the cowboy craze of the era.

Two co-owners of an advertising firm have a hit on their hands when they recycle old Western film shorts for a newer television audience. When they try to make new episodes, they find no one has heard from the star, "Smoky" Callaway, for a decade. After they come across a real cowboy, "Stretch" Barnes, that looks a lot like the missing Smoky, they convince him to try and play the part by saying the real Smoky is dead. Too bad "Smoky" Callaway is still alive, now an alcoholic womanizer living in Mexico.


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This film provides examples of:

  • The Alcoholic: Smoky is a drunkard. Once he turns back up in Hollywood, he's sent away to get clean but still manages to hide alcohol.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Subverted. Barnes only pretends to be Smoky Callaway because he's told that the actual Smoky died years ago. That was a lie and Callaway later meets Barnes face-to-face.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The actual given names of Barnes and Callaway are never mentioned.

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