Sign in. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry. Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, where they tried ranching in the Mojave Desert. Until the ranch failed, Marion and his younger brother Robert E. Morrison swam in an irrigation ditch and rode a horse to school.
The premise of The Cowboys was refreshingly original: with all the able-bodied cowhands chasing a gold strike, an aging rancher played by Wayne hires a schoolhouse-full of boys to move his cattle to market. Forty pages in, Rydell knew he wanted to film it. Jennings was an unconventional Western author to say the least. When Rydell brought the property to Warner Bros.
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