The Ballad of Cable Hogue

The Ballad of Cable Hogue

Jason Robards Jr.
Director: Sam Peckinpah Cast: Jason Robards Jr.
Jason Robards Jr.
, Stella Stevens
Stella Stevens
, David Warner
David Warner
Sam Peckinpah


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After the intense bloodshed of The Wild Bunch (1969), this comic western fable took the opposite approach to director Sam Peckinpah's continuing examination of the end of the West. Left for dead by a couple of lizard-slaughtering desperados in the middle of the desert, prospector Cable Hogue (Jason Robards) is saved by his unexpected discovery of water "where there wasn't any." Hogue turns the water hole, felicitously located near a stagecoach route, into a thriving business, creating a rest stop for a never-ending series of parched travelers. On his occasional trips to the closest town, he meets chipper prostitute Hildy (Stella Stevens), who joins him in his oasis, completing Hogue's little paradise. But even though Hogue may be able to succeed and avenge himself against his original attackers, there is one thing that he cannot stop: progress. Completed before The Wild Bunch was released, and replete with comical and even musical interludes, Peckinpah's gently picaresque telling of Hogue's rise and fall stands in distinct contrast to the visual violence of its predecessor. The underlying message about the cost of modernity, however, equals The Wild Bunch in seriousness. The callous randomness of Hogue's fate is as shocking as the Bunch's final blaze of glory; as in Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller from the same period, a tool of "civilization" provokes a most uncivilized end for an Old West dreamer. Although the film was as light-hearted in approach as the 1969 smash hit revisionist western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Warner Bros. mishandled the release and it did barely any business; Peckinpah returned to his trademark gore in his next film, the controversial Straw Dogs (1971). Still, The Ballad of Cable Hogue is less an anomaly for a master of violence than an ironically charming chapter in Peckinpah's career-long elegy to the western.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/2017
UPC: 0888574564698
Original Release: 1970
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 5,490

Special Features

Commentary by Peckinpah biographers/documentarians Nick Redman, Paul Seydor, Garner Simmons and David Weddle Featurette The Ladiest Damn'd Lady: an aternoon with actress Stella Stevens Sam Peckinpah trailer gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Robards Cable Hogue
Stella Stevens Hildy
David Warner Joshua
Strother Martin Bowen
Slim Pickens Ben
L.Q. Jones Taggart
Peter Whitney Cushing
R.G. Armstrong Quittner
Gene Evans Clete
William Mims Jensen
Kathleen Freeman Mrs. Jensen
Susan O'Connell Claudia
Vaughn Taylor Powell
Max Evans Webb
James Anderson Preacher
Felix Nelson William
Darwin Lamb The Stranger
Mary Munday Dot
Matthew Peckinpah Matthew
Victor Izay Stage Office Clerk

Technical Credits
Sam Peckinpah Director,Producer
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Leroy Coleman Art Director
John Crawford Screenwriter
Gordon Dawson Associate Producer
William Faralla Producer
Phil Feldman Executive Producer
Richard Gillis Score Composer,Songwriter
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer,Songwriter
Lou Lombardo Editor
Jack Mills Set Decoration/Design
Edmund Penney Screenwriter
Robert Fletcher Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Santillo Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Ballad of Cable Hogue
1. Left Behind.
2. Credits.
3. Water.
4. The Stagecoach.
5. First Customer.
6. The Preacher.
7. Deaddog Damsel.
8. Filing His Claim.
9. Bank Loan.
10. Hildy.
11. Preoccupied With Business.
12. Making Up With Hildy.
13. Solace Services.
14. Handling Passions And Snakes.
15. In Business.
16. Desert Cuisine.
17. Welcome Visitor.
18. Butterfly Morning.
19. Wanted Man.
20. Unwanted Men.
21. Old Friends.
22. The Searchers.
23. Down A Hole.
24. The Guts.
25. Horseless Carriage.
26. The Ladiest Damn Lady.
27. Cable's Accident.
28. Funeral Sermon.
29. Wait For Me, Sunrise.

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