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In 1909, when John Fain's gang kidnaps Jacob McCandles' grandson and holds him for ransom, Big Jake sets out to rescue the boy.

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Jacob McCandles
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John Fain
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Martha McCandles
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James McCandles
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Michael McCandles (as Chris Mitchum)
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Jeff McCandles
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Sam Sharpnose
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O'Brien
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Pop Dawson
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Buck Dugan
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Head of Lynching Party
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Bert Ryan
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John Goodfellow
Jim Burk ...
Trooper
Robert Warner ...
Will Fain
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Kid Duffy
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Little Jake McCandles (as John Ethan Wayne)
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Delilah
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Moses Brown (as William Walker)
Jerry Gatlin ...
Stubby
Don Epperson ...
Saloon Bully in Escondero
Everett Creach ...
Walt Devries
Jeff Wingfield ...
Billy Devries
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Hank
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Pavlova ...
Herself (archiveFootage)
José Ángel Espinosa 'Ferrusquilla' ...
Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
George Fenneman ...
Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
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Scottish Shepherd (uncredited)
Pedro Galván ...
Doctor (uncredited)
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Mr. Sweet (uncredited)
'Chico' Hernandez ...
Boy on Town (uncredited)
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Gunman at Bathhouse in Escondero (uncredited)
John Kelly ...
City Hawk (uncredited)
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Army Officer (uncredited)
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Texas Ranger (uncredited)
Maria Rocio ...
Maria (uncredited)
Jerry Summers ...
Escondero Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
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Saloon Girl at Escondero (uncredited)

Directed by

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George Sherman
John Wayne ... (uncredited)

Written by

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Harry Julian Fink ... (story and screenplay) and
Rita M. Fink ... (story and screenplay) (as R.M. Fink)

Produced by

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Michael Wayne ... producer (as Michael A. Wayne)
John Wayne ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Elmer Bernstein

Cinematography by

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William H. Clothier ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Harry Gerstad

Casting By

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Hoyt Bowers

Art Direction by

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Carl Anderson

Set Decoration by

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Ray Moyer

Makeup Department

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Dave Grayson ... makeup artist (as David Grayson)
James House ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Kay Shea ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Allan Snyder ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Joseph C. Behm ... unit manager
Lee Lukather ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Newt Arnold ... assistant director (as Newton Arnold)
Jaime Contreras ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Harry S. Franklin ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Joe Lauth ... assistant director (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... second unit director (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Ray Thompson ... property

Sound Department

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John Ferguson ... sound (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Howard Jensen ... special effects
Phil Cory ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Albert Whitlock ... special photographic effects

Stunts

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Denny Arnold ... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Babcock ... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Burk ... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach ... stunts (uncredited)
Eddy Donno ... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Ferguson ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy ... stunt double: Gregg Palmer (uncredited)
Terry Leonard ... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith ... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers ... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn ... stunts (uncredited)
Robert Warner ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Dave Sutton ... stills
Richard Barth ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
William Dodds ... camera operator (uncredited)
James Glennon ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Alexander Klein ... camera mechanic (uncredited)
Karl Reed ... grip (uncredited)
Paul Schori Jr. ... generator operator (uncredited)
Dave Sutton ... still photographer (uncredited)
Bill Tharp ... grip (uncredited)
James V. Vajana ... gaffer (uncredited)
Frank Visconti ... crane operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Luster Bayless ... wardrobe

Location Management

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Edward Arnold ... location auditor (uncredited)

Music Department

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Dan Wallin ... score mixer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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George Coleman ... transportation coordinator
Frank Austin ... driver (uncredited)
James D. Brubaker ... driver (uncredited)
J.W. Coffman ... driver (uncredited)
Robert Conte ... driver (uncredited)
John Corwin ... driver (uncredited)
Bob Goodrich ... driver (uncredited)
Bobbie Green ... driver (uncredited)
William Charles Hauer ... driver (uncredited)
Rex Schroetter ... driver (uncredited)
Richard R. Seay ... driver (uncredited)
Jean Spray ... driver (uncredited)
Joseph Wolfe Jr. ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Charlsie Bryant ... script supervisor
Wayne Fitzgerald ... main title design
Johnny Johnson ... office staff
Billy McCoy ... humane society: representative (as Bill McCoy)
Luis Niebla ... stand-in: Ethan Wayne
Mary St. John ... secretary: John Wayne
Ted Bonnet ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Michael N. Cobin ... office staff (uncredited)
Wayne Cutlip ... wrangler (uncredited)
Jeanne Dodson ... production secretary (uncredited)
Dawn Forrester ... production secretary (uncredited)
Barney Fotheringham ... catering chief (uncredited)
Heinz Hagin ... cook (uncredited)
'Chema' Hernandez ... livestock coordinator (uncredited)
Billy Jones ... head wrangler (uncredited)
Gordon G. Jones ... wrangler (uncredited)
Thomas John Kane ... liaison (uncredited)
Alice Moriarty ... production secretary (uncredited)
Martin Roosendahl ... dog trainer (uncredited)
Robert Shuman ... accountant (uncredited)
Carole Steller ... production secretary (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... trainer: John Wayne (uncredited)
Robert Weatherwax ... dog trainer (uncredited)
Ruth West ... accountant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

McCandles Ranch is run over by a gang of cutthroats led by the evil John Fain. They kidnap little Jacob McCandles and hold him for one million dollars ransom. There is only one man brave enough, tough enough, and smart enough to bring him back alive, and that man is Big Jake. Written by Christopher D. Ryan /edit TrivWhiz

Plot Keywords
Taglines Big John = Big Jake = Big Western See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • The Million Dollar Kidnapping (United States)
  • Gigante Entre Los Hombres (Mexico)
  • El gran Jack (Spain)
  • Gigante entre los hombres (Argentina)
  • Большой Джейк (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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Runtime
  • 110 min
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Box Office

Budget $4,800,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $9,000,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia John Wayne's last film with Christopher Mitchum. The two actors fell out when Mitchum disagreed with Wayne's right-wing views during a television interview, and they never spoke again. Mitchum tried to get in touch with Wayne in 1979 when the veteran star was dying of cancer, but did not receive any response. See more »
Goofs After Jake throws his son James into the mud, James pulls his revolver, it can be clearly seen that the chambers are empty. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994). See more »
Quotes [to his son]
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: You can call me Father, you can call me Jacob, you can call me Jake. You can call me a dirty son-of-a-bitch, but if you EVER call me Daddy again, I'll finish this fight.
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