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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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Taglines:

THIS IS THE WILD, WILD WEST Where The Bad Guys Wins And The Good Girls Lose! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James Coburn and Claude Akins also appeared together in " Klondike" :" Swoger's Mule" (1960) . See more »

Goofs

As Sheriff John is chasing Cole to waterhole #3 he is thrown from Mule in the desert. As he falls, his hat falls and lands a good six feet from him in the sand. The next close up shows John reaching down and grabbing his hat. The following shot John crawls to his hat where it originally landed in the sand. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Henry Foggers: As we say in the Cavalry, a man without a horse is afoot.
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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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Great unifying soundtrack, comic touches unstuck by fuzzy ending
14 October 2017 | by adrian-43767See all my reviews

WATERHOLE NUMBER 3 is a great revisionist Western of the 1960s, with Coburn and O'Connor in great comic form. The first shootout in the film was "kinda" imitated by Steven Spielberg in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" in 1982, when Harrison Ford just shoots an Arab attacker brandishing a sabre. In this case, Coburn just uses his Winchester rifle to blow away a challenger armed only with a Colt, which he had not even drawn yet (but then you could argue that WATERHOLE borrowed the idea from Sergio Leone's A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS).

The film's unifying element is the song, with some wonderful lyrics, and the sharp-tongued repartee between Coburn and O'Connor, who is particularly comical riding a mule.

The "infamous" rape scene is politically incorrect today, but was a laugh when it came out, and if one judges the film on the basis of that anachronism alone, one should not watch movies, let alone review them.

Photography, action sequences, acting and direction are all competent. Alas, there is one negative aspect that hurts my rating of the film: the ending is too evasive, fuzzy almost. But, by then, I had certainly had my fun and will certainly re-watch this film at some point.


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