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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.

Director:

William A. Graham (as William Graham)

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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A rootin', tootin', shootin' but SINCERE picture! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

While Cole is searching for the gold box in the waterhole, a distance shot has him away from any plants. The next shot, a bit closer has a plant growing from the water right behind him. See more »

Quotes

Lewton Cole: You're gonna have to tell me why you called her Billee in the first place.
Sheriff John H. Copperud: Her Ma and me were tryin' to make a boy.
Lewton Cole: You weren't even close!
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Soundtracks

"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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we need more Westerns like this
31 March 2003 | by kdr-6See all my reviews

Produced by Blake Edwards' company, Geoffrey Productions, "Waterhole #3" shows the hand of Edwards in its nod-and-a-wink approach to sex. Although it could never be made today, because of our PC environment and the film's loose treatment of (maybe) rape and casual sex, this film nevertheless stands the test of time because of a fine cast, a good soundtrack and a witty script. The only negative comment I can make concerns the atrocious continuity and editing mistakes. They really hurt an otherwise funny film. One of James Coburn's best.


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