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The Ballad of Cable Hogue -- Love, comedy and drama are combined in this tale of desert survival in the Old West from legendary director Sam Peckinpah.
The Ballad of Cable Hogue -- A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert.


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John Crawford (written by) and
Edmund Penney (written by)
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Release Date:
13 May 1970 (USA) See more »
Cable Hogue says..."Do unto others... as you would have others do unto you."
A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Directed by
Sam Peckinpah 
Writing credits
John Crawford (written by) and
Edmund Penney (written by)

Gordon T. Dawson  uncredited

Produced by
Gordon T. Dawson .... associate producer (as Gordon Dawson)
William D. Faralla .... co-producer (as William Faralla)
Phil Feldman .... executive producer
Sam Peckinpah .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lou Lombardo 
Frank Santillo 
Art Direction by
Leroy Coleman 
Set Decoration by
Jack Mills 
Makeup Department
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist (as Kathy Blondell)
Al Fleming .... makeup artist
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist
Production Management
George Templeton .... unit production manager (as Dink Templeton)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Gaudioso .... assistant director
Sound Department
Don Rush .... sound
Tex Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bud Hulburd .... special effects
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Steve Ward .... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Ward .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Fletcher .... costumes: Miss Stevens
Music Department
Sonny Burke .... music supervisor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Frank Kowalski .... dialogue supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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121 min
Color (Technicolor)
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The production base for the film was at Echo Bay, Nevada.See more »
Continuity: 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.See more »
Reverend Joshua Sloan:He charged too much. He was as stingy as they come. Yes, he might have cheated, but he was square about it. Rich or poor, he gouged them all the same.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.184" (2010)See more »
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27 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
From the director of The Wild Bunch, 23 October 2000

Cable Hogue (Jason Robards) is left in the desert without any water.After a few days he finds a springs with lots of water. He offers some water to the stagecoach passengers for money. Until the automobiles take over.He becomes a friend with a preacher Joshua Sloane (David Warner).In the nearest town lives a whore called Hildy (Stella Stevens) who becomes Cable's lover and later they move together.Sam Peckinpah directed a terrific western comedy in 1970-one year after he directed The Wild Bunch.Some people may not like it so much because it isn't as violent as The Wild Bunch but I don't mind, I don't mind at all. The casting in the movie is brilliant.Jason Robards was a perfect man to play Cable Hogue.The movie has many memorable scenes.The Ballad of Cable Hogue left a good taste in my mouth- and I still haven't got it out.

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