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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
Edmund Penney (written by)
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Release Date:
22 May 1970 (Finland) See more »
Cable Hogue says..."Do unto others... as you would have others do unto you." See more »
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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Turn-of-the-Century Saga Lives Up to Legendary Title See more (66 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 .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... 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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:14 (1970) | Norway:16 (1970) | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | UK:AA (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:12 (f) (re-rating) | West Germany:16 (nf)
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Only credit for actor Slim Pickens brother, Samuel T. Lindley, who worked professionally as; Easy Pickens.See more »
Continuity: At the end, as Joshua begins riding away on his motorcycle, you can see two horses in the corral. As Joshua rides around the other side of the corral, the horses are gone.See more »
Cable Hogue:Josh, it's about time you earned your keep. Preach me a funeral sermon.
Hildy:Oh, for heaven's sake!
Cable Hogue:A good one. Don't make me out no saint but don't put me down to deep.
Reverend Joshua Sloan:You mean now?
Cable Hogue:Yeah. It's not knowing what they're going to say about you, that's all. Now all my life, I've been scared of this living. Now... got to do the other. Now come on now! I can't wait all day. I ain't got any time.
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20 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Turn-of-the-Century Saga Lives Up to Legendary Title, 5 April 2004
Author: tomreynolds2004 from Washington DC

Jason Robards plays the hard-bitten and oft-bemused title character, Cable Hogue who somehow survives the ordeal of being left to die in the desert with no water by his partners, perfectly portrayed by the incomparable L.Q.(A Boy and His Dog) Jones and Strother Martin.

He travels from town to town with unscrupulous preacher David Warner, met in turn by some of Hollywood's classic Western supporting actors, such as R. G. Armstrong, Slim Pickens, Kathleen Freeman, and Gene Evans. Stella Stevens does a good job with the thankless obligatory role as the prostitute-with-the-heart-of-gold. All this helps lighten the mostly bemused, occasionally amused, but always revenge-dream-filled and heavy presence of Jason Robards. Eventually, Cable gets his chance at what he's been waiting for, and...

Now, you have even more incentive to go see the film - Peckinpaugh's most underrated western. 10/10

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