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Hawmps! (1976)

In 1854, at Fort Val Verde, Texas, the U.S. Cavalry is experimenting the novel idea of using camels rather than horses as a means of transportation.


Joe Camp




Cast overview, first billed only:
James Hampton ... Howard Clemmons
Christopher Connelly ... Uriah Tibbs
Slim Pickens ... Naman Tucker
Denver Pyle ... Col. Seymour Hawkins
Gino Conforti ... Hi Jolly (as Gene Conforti)
Mimi Maynard ... Jennifer Hawkins
Lee de Broux ... Fitzgerald
Herb Vigran ... Smitty
Jesse Davis Jesse Davis ... Mariachi Singer
Frank Inn ... Cook
Larry Swartz Larry Swartz ... Cpl. LeRoy
Mike Travis Mike Travis ... Logan
Tiny Wells Tiny Wells ... Higgins
Dick Drake Dick Drake ... Drake
Henry Kendrick ... Col. Zachary


A cavalry outpost in the Wild West of nineteenth century U.S. is in need of horses. The Captain of the outpost gets word that they're about to receive a shipment of fine Arabians. What he gets, is a shipment of camels. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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A riotous adventure about camels in the cavalry from mulberry square productions See more »


Comedy | Family | Western


G | See all certifications »

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Loosely based on historical events. In the late 1850s, the U.S. Army experimented with the use of camels in the southwestern territories, the present states of Arizona and New Mexico. Hi Jolly (Hadji, or Haci Ali, 1828-1902) (portrayed by Gino Conforti) was a Syrian camel expert and driver hired by the Army to help with the experiment. Unfortunately, the project was deterred by the Civil War, and never resumed afterward. Hi Jolly became something of a local legend, eventually becoming a U.S. citizen, and living out his remaining days in Arizona. See more »


Bad Jack Cutter: My calling card is this belt I made from a rattlesnake, who's head I bit off on a bet!
Howard Clemmons: [Aside] That's disgusting.
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Alternate Versions

Originally released at 126 minutes. Current video versions run 113 minutes. See more »


I Just Wanna Go Home
Music and Lyrics by Betty Box and Euel Box
Sung by Robert Smith
courtesy Mulberry Square Records
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A Plaseant Revisit To My Childhood, Despite Bad Copy Of Film

Like other reviewers of this film I, too, saw it in 1976 when it originally ran in the theater. One of my most prized possessions, which I have to this day and will NEVER give away, is a promotional "Camels are cush" promotional button that was given away to those who saw the film. The one line I always remembered was the "Give me a two by four and I'll beat it" line a camel soldier says early in the film. I have very fond memories of all of the Joe Camp films and regret that no one (and I'm including Disney!) makes those great family-oriented films anymore.

Unfortunately I, too, have only a Best Video (talk about irony!) VHS copy of this film. I agree that the quality leaves something to be desired but, still and all, it's worth watching on occasion (say, after a hard day at work and you need to relax). I pray that Joe Camp will personally allow a DVD release from the original negative, as this film is what America needs in these hard times.

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Release Date:

20 May 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cocoaşe! See more »


Box Office


$1,700,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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