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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
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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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Sam Peckinpah's Best Film See more (58 total) »


  (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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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.See more »
Continuity: 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.See more »
Hildy:[singing] Butterfly mornings / And wildflower afternoons.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »
Wait for Me, SunriseSee more »


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21 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Sam Peckinpah's Best Film, 12 September 2002
Author: Allen Blank ( from United States

When people mention Sam Peckinpah, the film most mentioned is The Wild Bunch. While I'm a big fan of that very violent film, I find out that most people don't even know about The Ballad Of Cable Houge, which I feel is his finest film.

The film is about a would be prospector named Cable Houge (Jason Robards in his best performance and that's saying a lot), who is left to die out in the desert with no water by his too partners (Strother Martin and L.Q. Jones). After almost dying out in the desert Cable actually finds water. He then buys the land and makes it a stop in the desert for stagecoaches to stop and refresh the horses. He becomes friends to a traveling and lecherous preacher (well played by David Warner) and a sweet prostitute, Hilly (played by the sweet faced Stella Stevens). But what Cable is mainly doing is lying in wait for the time that he runs into his former partners again.

It's a simple fable told with very little violence, and it's well told. It's definitely not the film that you would expect from the man who made the Wild Bunch. Warner Bros. who released it didn't know what to do with it and just threw out at the public with very little publicity, and the film never go the attention that it should have. Hopefully future film scholars with rediscover this gem and lift it from obscurity.

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