Ride 'Em Cowboy is the first of Abbott and Costello's films for 1942, they would make 2 more, and the 6th film released at Universal. It was the 8th biggest hit of the year. It was actually filmed before Keep 'Em Flying but delayed so the service film could be released for a big Army recruitment campaign. It was the 4th Abbott and Costello film directed by Arthur Lubin and it was written True Boardman and John Grant from a story by Edmund L Hartmann which was adapted by Harold Shumate.
Dick Foran is a western writer who hasn't been out west. A newspaper article tells his fans this and Dick puts in an appearance at a rodeo to get some better publicity. He falls off his horse and gets saved by Anne Gwynne. She's a rodeo gal and when she gets hurt saving Dick she can't win the $10,000 prize. Dick tries to give her money but she won't take it. He follows her to her father's dude ranch where he gets some cowboy training.
Bud and Lou were working at the rodeo but they aren't very good at their jobs. The guys run away and low and behold they wind up at the dude ranch. They get hired by Johnny Mack Brown who plays the foreman. Lou accidentally shoots an arrow into an Indian teepee. That turn out to be a marriage proposal and the bride is a big happy girl that Lou runs from. There's some dangerous gamblers who kidnap Dick and Johnny Mack so they can't be in the rodeo. It will all work out and there'll be some songs and jokes to keep you from getting bored or worried. I got a few laughs out of it.