Our take on the Conagher Cowboy Hat
One of our all time favorite westerns ever – Conagher (1991) as portrayed by Sam Elliott captures perfectly the spirit of an honorable old west wrangler. And as a visitor recently reminded us – this Louis L’Amour character carried a Schofield in his holster.
Everyone’s favorite cowboy, Sam Elliot, plays Conn Conagher, a hard working cowboy just looking to do his job and mind his own business, in this classic western story by author Louis L’Amour. The supporting cast is dang impressive with many of the best cowboy character actors of the day either helping or opposing Conagher in this 1991 film.
Set in the late 1800s the story starts off with a pioneer family arriving at the homestead the father has prepared for them. Once settled on the land, the husband sets off on his own to travel to a cattle centre and buy the starts of a herd.
On the trail just a day or so, the cattleman’s horse loses its footing while going down a dry gulch, and the man dies from the fall, without his family ever knowing. Within a few months Evie (Katherine Ross) and the two youngsters have turned their homestead into a stagecoach way station, and all the cowboys in the area have taken notice of the pretty woman on her own.
Conagher rides in with a string of ponies for the stagecoach station and the attaraction between the lean cowboy and the lonely woman is immediate. Over the next year Conn moves around working a few ranches in the area keeping tabs on the family and trying to stay ahead of the wide spread rustling in the area. The complications of doing his job and Conn’s moral standards are powerful story lines in this well made film.
Seaborn Tay (Ken Curtis): I don’t know you, cowboy, and you don’t know me, but if you got any ideas about bucking trouble, I’m afraid you’re going to have to go it alone.
Conn Conagher: You want to help me?
Seaborn Tay : Well, I’m up into my 70s, boy. And I got a bum ticker to boot. I was kind of hoping to just live out my days and not die out on some sandy slope with lead in my guts. If they get me out on that range, they’ll kill me for sure and then just take my cattle as they please… with nobody to stop ’em.
Conn: What if they come after you?
Seaborn Tay: If they come after me, I damn sure will fight.
Conn: You better keep a rifle handy.