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The Sons of Katie Elder ()


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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.

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John Elder
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Tom Elder
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Mary Gordon
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Bud Elder
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Matt Elder
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Ben Latta
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Morgan Hastings
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Sheriff Billy Wilson
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Curley
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Dave Hastings
Sheldon Allman ...
Harry Evers
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Minister
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Hyselman
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Mr. Vennar
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Charlie Striker
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Charlie Biller
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Bondie Adams
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Jeb Ross
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Mr. Peevey
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Doc Isdell / Bartender
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Glen Anderson ...
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Jerry Gatlin ...
Amboy (uncredited)
Harvey Grant ...
Jeb (uncredited)
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Ned Reese (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ...
Burr Sandeman (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Paul Whitson ...
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Jack Williams ...
Andy Sharp (uncredited)
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Gus Dolly (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen ...
Buck Mason (uncredited)

Directed by

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Henry Hathaway

Written by

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William H. Wright ... (screenplay) &
Allan Weiss ... (screenplay) &
Harry Essex ... (screenplay)
 
Talbot Jennings ... (story)

Produced by

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Paul Nathan ... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis ... producer
Joseph H. Hazen ... executive producer (uncredited)

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Elmer Bernstein

Cinematography by

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Lucien Ballard ... director of photography

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Warren Low ... editorial supervisor

Art Direction by

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Hal Pereira
Walter H. Tyler ... (as Walter Tyler)

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Sam Comer
Ray Moyer

Costume Design by

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Edith Head ... (costumes)

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Loren Cosand ... makeup artist (as Loren Cossand)
Web Overlander ... makeup artist (as Webb Overlander)
Dorothy White ... hair stylist

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William W. Gray ... unit production manager

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Michael D. Moore ... assistant director (as D. Michael Moore)
Joselito Rodríguez ... second unit director (uncredited)

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Craig Binkley ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Charles Grenzbach ... sound recordist
Harold Lewis ... sound recordist
Bill Wistrom ... sound editor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Bill Babcock ... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes ... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams ... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen ... stunts (uncredited)

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John R. Hamilton ... still photographer (uncredited)

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Dan Goldwasser ... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)
Jack Hayes ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)

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'Chema' Hernandez ... head wrangler: Mexico (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines They came from nobody knows where, to do God only knows what... See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les 4 fils de Katie Elder (France)
  • Les quatre fils de Katie Elder (France)
  • Die vier Söhne der Katie Elder (Germany)
  • Los cuatro hijos de Katie Elder (Spain)
  • Voittamattomat veljekset (Finland)
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  • 122 min
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Budget $6,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Dean Martin later said of John Wayne, "Someone else would have laid around, feeling sorry for himself, for a year. But Duke, he just doesn't know how to be sick. He's recuperating the hard way. He's two loud speaking guys in one. Me, when people see me, they sometimes say, 'Oh, there goes Perry Como.' But there's only one John Wayne, and nobody makes any mistakes about that." See more »
Goofs When Bud says he is going with John and that they'll be famous like the Daltons, John replies that the Daltons were dead having been hung. Three of the Dalton brothers, Gratton "Grat" Dalton, Robert Rennick "Bob" Dalton, and Emmett "Em" Dalton all participated in a famous attempted two bank robbery in Coffeeville, KS on Oct. 5, 1892. Grat and Bob, along with two gang members, were gunned down and killed by town's people. Emmett, although shot some 22 times, survived. He went to prison until 1907. He died in Hollywood, CA July 13, 1937. An older brother, Frank, a US Deputy Marshal, was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 27, 1887. The Dalton's criminal career lasted just over four years. The photo taken of the four killed in Coffeeville is one of the most famous photos showing the eventual end of those who flout the law. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #1.2 (1965). See more »
Quotes John Elder: All we want to do is make you end up rich and respectable. You fight us every step of the way.
Bud Elder: I don't want to be rich and respectable. I want to be just like the rest of you.
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