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Waterhole #3 (1967)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | 17 November 1967 (Finland)
After a professional gambler kills a Confederate soldier, he finds a map pinpointing the location in the desert where stolen army gold bullion is buried and he plans to retrieve it but others are searching for it too.


William A. Graham (as William Graham)


Joseph T. Steck, Robert R. Young (as R.R. Young)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Coburn ... Lewton Cole
Carroll O'Connor ... Sheriff John Copperud
Margaret Blye ... Billee Copperud
Claude Akins ... Sgt. Henry Foggers
Timothy Carey ... Hilb
Bruce Dern ... Deputy
Joan Blondell ... Lavinia
James Whitmore ... Capt. Shipley
Harry Davis Harry Davis ... Ben
Roy Jenson ... Doc Quinlen
Robert Cornthwaite ... George - Hotel Clerk
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Cpl. Blyth
Steve Whittaker Steve Whittaker ... Soldier #1
Ted Markland ... Soldier #2
Rupert Crosse Rupert Crosse ... Prince


Sergeant Foggers and two Confederate soldiers lay their hands on gold bullion belonging to the army, taking at the same time a certain Ben Akajnian hostage. Then they bury the loot near an isolated waterhole in the desert. Some time later, Lewton Cole, a professional gambler, fights a duel with one of the robbers, kills him and finds the map of the treasure on his body. Stopping at the small town of Integrity, Cole, in order to escape Sheriff Copperud locks him up in his own jail-house, steals his horse and even finds the time to "seduce and abandon" Billee, the sheriff's comely daughter. The indignant father catches up with Lewton, arrests him and grabs the gold. But Foggers and his accomplice attack him, relieve him of the treasure and free Cole... Written by Guy Bellinger

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This is the West as it really was. ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS! See more »


Comedy | Western


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Release Date:

17 November 1967 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Waterhole No. 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Geoffrey Productions See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Margaret Blye plays the daughter of Carroll O'Connor, which is fitting since the actress was 18 years younger than O'Connor. 21 years later she would play his girlfriend in the series In the Heat of the Night (1988). See more »


Shortly after Cole, the Sheriff, and Sgt Fogger enter the Army camp while chasing the Shoemaker, the dialog leads Capt Shipley to the Shoemakers saddlebags for the stolen Army gold. When the Capt picks up the saddlebag that is supposed to contain 100 pounds of gold he picks it up as though it weighs nothing. See more »


Narrator: The code of the west says do unto others... do unto others before they do it unto you.
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"The Ballad of Waterhole #3 (Code of the West)
Lyrics by Robert Wells
Music by Dave Grusin
Performed by Roger Miller
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Sounds like 'our' type of film, i.e. not for PC lice & their apologists
26 September 2006 | by paul vincent zecchinoSee all my reviews

Haven't seen Waterhole #3. Having just read 'writerasfilmcritic's review, will enjoy so doing. 3 will offend those who believe what we laughingly call civilisation commenced in the late 60's, when stunt-growth subversive whelps of 30's Trotskyite parents began the slow train wreck called Political Correctness.

Those offended by 3 wouldn't last two seconds during 3's era. Mindrot 'Victim Hagvocates','Facilitators','Sensitivity Trainers' and other lice, steeped in the delusion that Mammon and lawyers can save them would flee in horror from that tool of the Old West known as the rifle. They'd scream 'Gun! Gun! Call 911!'. Confronted by a hissing rattler - hiss far more dramatic than rattle - they'd recite an insipid roster of environmentalcase memberships and sue for peace. The rattler would do as do rattlers always, bite and slither away. Call it pest control.

Refreshing to hear of 3's cultural outlook. In the 50's and 60's schools had gun clubs and rifle ranges yet were islands of tranquil learning. Worst offenses? Gum chewing and note passing. Yes, I said the 60's. Not all of us behaved as dirty hippies only to morph into big fat bloated money grubbing Korpseorate Oligarchs in the 90s and '00s. We were too busy studying and having fun to waste time on communist front groups like feminism, environmentalism, peace rallies, ban-the-gun-ism and other Trotskyite Beasts That Would Not Die.

Many of we much maligned Boomers despise vapid PC trappings of litigation, restraining orders, and endless whining on LeftWing LezBag TV carnivals like dOprah. Got a beef? Discern your part in it. That'll stop it. Someone bugging you? Never ever even joke about Restraining Orders. They're Leninist contrivances crafted by devious deviant lawyer-mutants, promoted by psychopaths for the purpose of dividing society the better to destroy it. Walk from trouble if you can. If not, educate those who make it as to its steep costs.

Might Waterhole #3 make a good litmus test? You know, those offended by 3 we'd keep at polite distance while those who enjoy 3 we'd put on our A list? Makes sense here.

PC shills like lawyers and Victim Hagvocates lie for criminals so as to destroy society. Why do they scorn the Old West? Because in that era they'd be marked as twisted serpetine rejects. They'd be stuffed into the nearest boobie hatch - to resounding applause.

See this film. It sounds like a breath of fresh air in a world slowly strangling itself with endless 'reforms', laws, and PC trash.

Dr. Paul Vincent Zecchino

Manasota Key, Florida


26 September, 2006 "Fear is the price of our instrument.

But I can help you bear it."

  • H. Lecter, M.D.

c. Thomas Harris,

"The Red Dragon"

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