Review: ‘Waterhole #3’

Waterhole #3 is a slow-building, deliberate oater comedy blending satire, slapstick and double entendre dialog for laughs.

Waterhole #3 is a slow-building, deliberate oater comedy blending satire, slapstick and double entendre dialog for laughs.

Distended story line turns on two gags: gold heist by crooked army sergeant Claude Akins, grounting outlaw Timothy Carey and unwilling hostage Harry Davis; and casual seduction by gambler James Coburn of Carroll O’Connor’s daughter, Margaret Blye.

O’Connor is far more interested in Coburn’s theft of a prize horse, and this gag is milked for all it is worth. Joan Blondell has a bright role as a madame, ditto James Whitmore as a cliche frontier Army officer.

Coburn, O’Connor and Blye (whose voice and projection are perfect) handle their roles in very good fashion, while rest of cast offers good support.

Waterhole #3

Production

Paramount. Director William Graham; Producer Joseph T. Steck; Screenplay Joseph T. Steck, R.R. Young; Camera Robert Burks; Editor Warren Low; Music Dave Grusin; Art Director Fernando Carrere

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

James Coburn Carroll O'Connor Maggie Blye Claude Akins Timothy Carey Bruce Dern
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