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Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival... See more »

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Cole Thornton
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El Dorado Sheriff J.P. Harrah
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Mississippi
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Maudie
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Dr. Miller
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Bull
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Josephine (Joey) MacDonald
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Kevin MacDonald
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Bart Jason
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Nelse McLeod
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Maria
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Milt
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Pedro
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Luke MacDonald
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Saul MacDonald
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Matt MacDonald
Victoria George ...
Jared's wife
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Jim Purvis (Bart Jason's foreman)
Anne Newman Bacal ...
Saul MacDonald's wife (as Anne Newman)
Diane Strom ...
Matt's wife
Olaf Wieghorst ...
Swede Larsen (gunsmith)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Andrade ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ...
Barfly (uncredited)
Charlita ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
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Deputy Joe Braddock (uncredited)
Enrique Contreras ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
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Jared MacDonald (uncredited)
Linda Dangcil ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
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Mexican Saloon Keeper (uncredited)
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Bartender (uncredited)
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Bit Part (uncredited)
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Man Behind Piano (uncredited)
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Sheriff Dodd Draper (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ...
Barfly (uncredited)
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Bit Part (uncredited)
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Joe (uncredited)
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Bit Part (uncredited)
Bonnie Charyl Josephson ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Joe King ...
Joe the Piano Player (uncredited)
Mike Letz ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Frank Leyva ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Myra MacMurray ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
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Elmer - Jason's Bartender (uncredited)
Ruben Moreno ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Deen Pettinger ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Lee Powell ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
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Jason's Gunman (uncredited)
Anthony Rogers ...
Dr. Charles Donovan (uncredited)
Danny Sands ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Robert Shelton ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
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Charlie Hagan - McLeod Gang (uncredited)
John Strachen ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
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Rosa (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
Christopher West ...
Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by

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Howard Hawks

Written by

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Leigh Brackett ... (screenplay)
 
Harry Brown ... (novel "The Stars in Their Courses")

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Howard Hawks ... producer
Paul Helmick ... associate producer

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Nelson Riddle ... (music scored by)

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Harold Rosson ... director of photography

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John Woodcock

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Carl Anderson
Hal Pereira

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Robert R. Benton ... (as Robert Benton)
Ray Moyer

Costume Design by

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Edith Head

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Nellie Manley ... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore ... makeup supervisor

Production Management

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John R. Coonan ... unit production manager (as John Coonan)

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Andrew J. Durkus ... assistant director
Al Murphy ... second assistant director (uncredited)
William R. Poole ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Earl Olin ... property master
Olaf Wieghorst ... original paintings

Sound Department

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John R. Carter ... sound recordist (as John Carter)
Charles Grenzbach ... sound recordist
Bill Wistrom ... sound editor (uncredited)

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Farciot Edouart ... process photography
Paul K. Lerpae ... special photographic effects

Stunts

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Polly Burson ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Canutt ... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Combs ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Courtney ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... stunts (uncredited)
Robert 'Buzz' Henry ... stunts (uncredited)
Walt La Rue ... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard ... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Raymond ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Sands ... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith ... stunts (uncredited)
Neil Summers ... stunts (uncredited)
George P. Wilbur ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young ... stunts (uncredited)

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John R. Hamilton ... still photographer (uncredited)
Lon Massey III ... gaffer (uncredited)
Phil Stern ... still photographer (uncredited)

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Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Gil Grau ... orchestrator
Nelson Riddle ... conductor

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Charlsie Bryant ... script supervisor
Howard Hawks ... presenter
Lara Lindsay ... stand-in: Charlene Holt (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Hired gunman Cole Thornton turns down a job with Bart Jason as it would mean having to fight an old sheriff friend. Some months later he finds out the lawman is on the bottle and a top gunfighter is heading his way to help Jason. Along with young Mississippi, handy with a knife and now armed with a diabolical shotgun, Cole returns to help. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines Range War! A lawless time when no man dares turn his back... even to a friend! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Eldorado (Greece)
  • Ελντοράντο (Greece)
  • Ел Дорадо (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Эльдорадо (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 126 min
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Budget $4,653,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Robert Mitchum initially played the alcoholic Sheriff as a weak and pathetic character, but Howard Hawks decided this was too similar to Dean Martin's portrayal of the drunken deputy in Rio Bravo (1959). Thereafter, it was decided that Mitchum would play Sheriff J.P. Harrah mostly for laughs. See more »
Goofs After Cole shoots Luke MacDonald he rides across the stream, which gets the front of his trousers wet. When he climbs off his horse only seconds later, his trousers are dry. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Une histoire seule (1989). See more »
Soundtracks El Dorado See more »
Crazy Credits Possibly due to their fame, the closing cast list does not bill John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. See more »
Quotes Mississippi: [examining J.P.'s leg after he's been shot] I gotta cut this pant leg.
Sheriff J. P. Harrah: Well, go ahead and cut it! Have you got a kni...
[Mississippi pulls out his knife from its hiding place on his back]
Sheriff J. P. Harrah: A knife? Uh, I suppose I've asked this before, but just who?
[looks at Cole instead]
Sheriff J. P. Harrah: Who is he?
Cole: Tell him your name, Mississippi.
Mississippi: [sighs and looks up] Alan Bourdillion Trehearne.
Sheriff J. P. Harrah: Well, no wonder he carries a knife.
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