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.
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
(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 95 MIN.
James Coburn Carroll O'Connor Maggie Blye Claude Akins Timothy Carey Bruce Dern