The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

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    • The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)



      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Double-crossed and left without water in the desert, Cable Hogue is saved when he finds a spring. I
      t is in just the right spot for a much needed rest stop on the local stagecoach line,
      and Hogue uses this to his advantage.
      He builds a house and makes money off the stagecoach passengers.
      Hildy, a whore from the nearest town, moves in with him.
      Hogue has everything going his way until the advent of the automobile ends the era of the stagecoach.
      Written by John Oswalt

      Full Cast
      Jason Robards ... Cable Hogue
      Stella Stevens ... Hildy
      David Warner ... Joshua
      Strother Martin ... Bowen
      Slim Pickens ... Ben Fairchild
      L.Q. Jones ... Taggart
      Peter Whitney ... Cushing
      R.G. Armstrong ... Quittner
      Gene Evans ... Clete
      William Mims ... Jensen
      Kathleen Freeman ... Mrs. Jensen
      Susan O'Connell ... Claudia
      Vaughn Taylor ... Powell
      Max Evans ... Webb Seely
      James Anderson ... Preacher
      Felix Nelson ... William
      Darwin Lamb ... The Stranger (as Darwin W. Lamb)
      Mary Munday ... Dot
      William D. Faralla ... Lucius
      Matthew Peckinpah ... Matthew
      Victor Izay ... Stage Office Clerk
      Easy Pickens ... Easy

      Writing Credits
      John Crawford (written by) and
      Edmund Penney (written by)
      Gordon T. Dawson uncredited

      Original Music
      Jerry Goldsmith

      Lucien Ballard

      Sam Peckinpah started work on this film almost immediately after finishing work on the landmark The Wild Bunch. That is why Strother Martin and L.Q. Jones were cast in similar roles in both films.

      This film fell weeks behind schedule due to bad weather. When they could not film, director Sam Peckinpah and his cast and crew would drink. When the film did wrap production, the bar bill came to over $70,000.

      Several crew members were fired from this film. It was the job of one crew member to have bus tickets back to Los Angeles for a fired crew member. If someone lost their job, Sam Peckinpah would ask, "Do you have a bus ticket for them?"

      This was the favorite film of the director. Often, when asked to speak about his work, he brought a print of this film to show, instead of one of his more famous works.

      The production base for the film was at Echo Bay, Nevada.

      Hogue's Castle was a real-life hotel which was acquired in Bishop, California. It was packed-up and transported along with its own furniture to its shooting location across the border in Nevad

      When the Rev. Sloan is comforting Claudia and unbuttons her blouse, it is obvious that her skirt has a zipper. The movie takes place in 1908, but the modern zipper that would be used on clothing wasn't designed until 1913 and patented in 1917.

      When Cable leaves the land claim office, he walks in front of a black horse facing right. The next shot the black horse is facing left.

      In the opening scene, Hogue confronts a Gila monster. In the first shot, the lizard is on a large rock with its front left paw slipping over the side of the rock. After cutting to a shot of Hogue, the view returns to the gila monster who is now standing in the middle of the same rock with no time or ability to have moved.

      Revealing mistakes
      When Hildy is giving Hogue a bath and he gets out. as he is wrapping the towel around him, you can see his underwear on both sides of the towel.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Apache Junction, Arizona, USA
      Apacheland Studios - 4369 S. Kings Ranch Road, Gold Canyon, Arizona, USA
      Arizona, USA
      Eaves Movie Ranch - 105 Rancho Alegre Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
      Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
      Nevada, USA
      New Mexico, USA
      Overton, Nevada, USA
      Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
      Valley of Fire State Park - Route 169, Overton, Nevada, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 1 time, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

      The Ballad of Cable Hogue is a 1970 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah
      and starring Jason Robards, Stella Stevens and David Warner.
      Set in the Arizona desert during a period when the frontier was closing,
      the film follows three years in the life of a failed prospector.
      While unmistakably a Western, the movie is quite unconventional for the genre and for the director.
      It contains only a few brief scenes of violence and gunplay,
      relying more on a subtly crafted story that could better be characterized as comedic in nature.

      User Review
      Sam Peckinpah's Multigenred Masterpiece,
      14 April 2006
      10/10 .Author: Bob-45 from Savannah, GA

      Fresh off his triumphant "The Wild Bunch" and just before his astounding "Straw Dogs," Sam Peckipah made this "little picture," that flopped. However, while "The Wild Bunch" and "Straw Dogs" are terrific movies, "Ballad of Cable Hogue" is the most accomplished of the three. It certainly is hard to categorize "...Hogue," thematically. It includes strong elements of the following genres: o Violent western o Slapstick comedy o Sophisticated comedy o Romantic comedy o Love story o Social commentary o Spiritual film

      With the exception of the rather silly slapstick, director Sam Peckinpah handles all these elements superbly, particularly the social commentary, spiritual elements and love story. Much credit is due to a fine cast, particularly actress Stella Stevens and actor David Warner, who both deserved Oscar nominations. Stevens, as the prostitute, "Hildy," mines the "...heart of gold" and hits the mother lode. Hers is one of the all time great performances by an actress. Warner's manipulative preacher, "Josh," manages to be alternately witty, lecherous, noble and profound, without missing a beat.

      The best I can say about Jason Robards as "Cable" is, if you loved his character, "Cheyenne" from "Once Upon a Time in the West," you love his "Cable Hogue."

      Don't read the plot of this movie. Go in as I did in 1970, not knowing what to expect. You'll be amused, touched, aroused (particularly if your a male) and saddened. It's all here. How many films can you say that about?

      I give "The Ballad of Cable Hogue" a "10
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 1 time, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

      I watched this movie for the first time almost a year ago now and I absolutely fell in love with it. It has stayed with me for most of the year even though I haven't revisited it again. It's a very special movie, a non-typical western with a lot of heart.

      Have to watch it again soon. Very soon.