The Culpepper Cattle Company (1972), directed by Dick Richards, proves that being a cowboy isn't all it's cracked up to be in the mind of children. Ben Mockridge (Gary Grimes) is a 16-year-old boy who longs for a life of excitement that his small, hick town can't offer him. Employed as the youngest cowboy in Frank Culpepper's (Billy Green Bush) cattle company, Ben very quickly learns that the life of a cowboy is both lonely and physically exhausting. For Ben and the audience both, it is hard to distinguish between the good guys and the bad guys in this movie; almost all of the characters ride the fence between morality and immorality. Ben soon learns that the frontier is full of thieves, trackers and perils. Seeing Ben Mockridge lose his wide-eyed innocence working for Culpepper makes the movie a must see in itself and will change all of our romantic ideas about frontier life.