Review: ‘El Dorado’

Technical and artistic screen fads come and go, but nothing replaces a good story, well told. And Howard Hawks knows how to tell a good story. El Dorado [from the novel The Stars in Their Courses by Harry Brown] stars John Wayne and Robert Mitchum in an excellent oater drama, laced with adroit comedy and action relief, and set off by strong casting, superior direction and solid production.

Technical and artistic screen fads come and go, but nothing replaces a good story, well told. And Howard Hawks knows how to tell a good story. El Dorado [from the novel The Stars in Their Courses by Harry Brown] stars John Wayne and Robert Mitchum in an excellent oater drama, laced with adroit comedy and action relief, and set off by strong casting, superior direction and solid production.

Wayne, a hired gun, is dissuaded from working for land-grabber Ed Asner by Mitchum, a reformed gunslinger now a sharp-looking, disciplined sheriff.

El Dorado

Production

Paramount. Director Howard Hawks; Producer Howard Hawks; Screenplay Leigh Brackett; Camera Harold Rosson; Editor John Woodcock; Music Nelson Riddle; Art Director Hal Pereira, Carl Anderson

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 126 MIN.

With

John Wayne Robert Mitchum James Caan Charlene Holt Michele Carey Ed Asner

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