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The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

Not Rated | | Western | 16 August 1965 (Brazil)
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Ranch owner Katie Elder's four sons determine to avenge the murder of their father and the swindling of their mother.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

William H. Wright (screenplay), Allan Weiss (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... John Elder
Dean Martin ... Tom Elder
Martha Hyer ... Mary Gordon
Michael Anderson Jr. ... Bud Elder
Earl Holliman ... Matt Elder
Jeremy Slate ... Ben Latta
James Gregory ... Morgan Hastings
Paul Fix ... Sheriff Billy Wilson
George Kennedy ... Curley
Dennis Hopper ... Dave Hastings
Sheldon Allman Sheldon Allman ... Harry Evers
John Litel ... Minister
John Doucette ... Hyselman
James Westerfield ... Mr. Vennar
Rhys Williams ... Charlie Striker
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Storyline

The Elder boys return to Clearwater, Texas for their Mother's funeral. John, the eldest, is a well-known gunfighter and trouble follows him wherever he goes. The boys try to get their ranch back from the town's gunsmith who won it from their father in a card game, after which he was murdered. Troubles come, however, just because they carry the Elder name. Written by anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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From the four winds they came, the four brothers, their eyes smoking and their fingers itching... See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1965 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Die vier Söhne der Katie Elder See more »

Filming Locations:

Hereford, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,000,000, 31 December 1965
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Wayne and George Kennedy also starred together in In Harm's Way (1965) and Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973). They were allies in "In Harm's Way" and enemies in the other two films. See more »

Goofs

When Morgan Hastings is conversing with his son at his ranch while test firing a rifle, he bends down to fire the rifle and places it on a pile of sand bags. The bolt of the rifle is in the open position throughout the shot and so can't be fired. See more »

Quotes

Mary Gordon: I hate to break in on your grief, but you'll need some food. Katie asked me to look in on you, if you came to the funeral.
John Elder: That's mighty nice of you, ma'am.
Mary Gordon: I wasn't doing it for you, or any of you. I'm doing it because Katie asked me to. She liked that rocker.
John Elder: She seemed to have confided a great deal in you, Miss Gordon.
Mary Gordon: If she'd had her sons around her she wouldn't have had to confide in strangers. She told me what fine men you were, never forgetting her, sending her money, helping her send ...
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Referenced in John Wayne: On Board with the Duke (1997) See more »

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The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
16 January 2012 | by WandrinStarSee all my reviews

(8/10) Without a doubt one of Duke's most underrated Westerns. The fact that the four main stars are so unbelievable as brothers is shadowed by the acting and charm that each character brings to the screen. Dean Martin follows up his Rio Bravo performance with another gem cementing his place as one of the supporting stars working alongside Wayne. George Kennedy makes an intriguing antagonist but was underused. Wayne's romance with Martha Hyer and was pointless and a waste of time; the film should have devoted the attention to better build up the relationship among the brothers. The film tends to drag on towards this is a fun movie even non- western fans can enjoy. Excellent score.


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