Posts from ethanedwards in thread „Cahill: United States Marshal (1973)“

    Hi Vera,

    Your wish is my command.

    Streets of Laredo

    As I walked out on the streets of Laredo.
    As I walked out on Laredo one day,
    I spied a poor cowboy wrapped in white linen,
    Wrapped in white linen as cold as the clay.

    "I can see by your outfit that you are a cowboy."
    These words he did say as I boldly walked by.
    "Come an' sit down beside me an' hear my sad story.
    "I'm shot in the breast an' I know I must die."

    "It was once in the saddle, I used to go dashing.
    "Once in the saddle, I used to go gay.
    "First to the card-house and then down to Rose's.
    "But I'm shot in the breast and I'm dying today."

    "Get six jolly cowboys to carry my coffin.
    "Six dance-hall maidens to bear up my pall.
    "Throw bunches of roses all over my coffin.
    "Roses to deaden the clods as they fall."

    "Then beat the drum slowly, play the Fife lowly.
    "Play the dead march as you carry me along.
    "Take me to the green valley, lay the sod o'er me,
    "I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong."

    "Then go write a letter to my grey-haired mother,
    "An' tell her the cowboy that she loved has gone.
    "But please not one word of the man who had killed me.
    "Don't mention his name and his name will pass on."

    When thus he had spoken, the hot sun was setting.
    The streets of Laredo grew cold as the clay.
    We took the young cowboy down to the green valley,
    And there stands his marker, we made, to this day.

    We beat the drum slowly and played the Fife lowly,
    Played the dead march as we carried him along.
    Down in the green valley, laid the sod o'er him.
    He was a young cowboy and he said he'd done wrong.

    Thanks for your comments,
    Please also go to the biography relating to George Kennedy,

    Pals of the Saddle- George Kennedy

    Cahill U.S. Marshal is a 1973 American Western film in Technicolor
    It stars Duke as a driven lawman in a black hat.
    The movie was directed by Andrew V. McLaglen
    and filmed on location in Durango, Mexico.

    Cahill's just about an OK movie, and Duke's own quote sums it up,


    It just wasn't, a well done picture, it needed better writing,it needed a little better care in making

    It was generally agreed, that it was a tedious film to make and followed
    a stale formula.


    John Wayne told an interviewer he gave up caring about the movie halfway during filming when he learned that John Ford was dying of cancer.

    I believe that on the films premiere, there were demonstrations,
    on behalf of the Indians, about the films poor reflection of them

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    Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas


    Plot Summary
    J.D. Cahill is the toughest U.S. Marshal they've got,
    just the sound of his name makes bad guys stop in their tracks,
    so when his two young boy's want to get his attention they decide to rob a bank.
    They end up getting more than they bargained for.

    Full Cast
    John Wayne .... U.S. Marshal J.D. Cahill
    George Kennedy .... Abe Fraser
    Gary Grimes .... Danny Cahill
    Neville Brand .... Lightfoot, Half-breed Comanche tracker
    Clay O'Brien .... Billy Joe 'Budger' Cahill
    Marie Windsor .... Mrs. Hetty Green
    Morgan Paull .... Struther, Fraser Gang/Cahill's Ward
    Dan Vadis .... Brownie, Fraser Gang
    Royal Dano .... MacDonald, Hermit who sells Cahill the mule
    Scott Walker .... Ben Tildy, Outlaw
    Denver Pyle .... Denver, Danny & Billy Joe's caretaker
    Jackie Coogan .... Charlie Smith, Town Drunk
    Rayford Barnes .... Pee Wee Simser, Outlaw
    Dan Kemp .... Joe Meehan, Outlaw
    Harry Carey Jr. .... Hank, Jailer at Jefferson Davis County Jail
    Walter Barnes .... Sheriff Grady, Valentine Texas
    Paul Fix .... Old Man, Outlaw
    Pepper Martin .... Hard Case
    Vance Davis .... Negro
    Ken Wolger .... Grandson of Old Man
    Hank Worden .... Albert, Valentine Stationmaster
    James Nusser .... Doctor Jones
    Murray MacLeod .... Deputy Sheriff Gordine
    Hunter von Leer .... Deputy Sheriff Jim Kane
    Ralph Volkie
    Chuck Roberson .... Leader of Bunch
    Joseph Culliton .... Red Hair (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Barney Slater (story)
    Harry Julian Fink (screenplay) and
    Rita M. Fink (screenplay)

    Michael Wayne

    Original Music
    Elmer Bernstein

    Joseph F. Biroc

    Chuck Roberson .... stunt coordinator
    Jerry Gatlin .... stunts (uncredited)
    Bob Terhune .... stunt double (uncredited)
    Walter Wyatt .... stunts (uncredited)

    Most of the scenes showing John Wayne riding from a distance were filmed with Chuck Roberson substituting for Wayne.

    The anti-racism subtext was written into the script in response to ongoing criticism of Wayne's infamous May 1971 interview with Playboy magazine.

    John Wayne told an interviewer he gave up caring about the movie halfway during filming when he learned that John Ford was dying of cancer.

    Neville Brand was surprised to be offered the role of half-Commanche scout Lightfoot, a part he felt he was badly unsuited for, but accepted it just because he liked working.

    The opening scene was filmed entirely in the studio.

    The film was released in many cinemas as a double bill with The MacKintosh Man (1973).

    * Revealing mistakes: Rain falling at two different and constant angles when Billy Joe Cahill hides from Abe Frased in the farmyard.

    * Revealing mistakes: Lightfoot's horse has a saddle under the blanket. You can see stirrups hanging under the blanket and in a latter scene, Cahill uses them to mount Lightfoot's horse.

    * Revealing mistakes: Many of the long shots of Cahill are obviously not John Wayne.

    * Revealing mistakes: After Cahill is onto his sons' involvement in the bank robbery, we see him and Lightfoot watching the boys fishing. Later, after the boys have traveled awhile in the buckboard, we see the two men watching the boys again. The medium shot of Wayne and Brand reveals that they are sitting on their horses in the very place from which they had been watching the boys fishing.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Location
    Durango, Mexico