The Ballad of Cable Hogue is a Damon Runyon-esque oater comedy from Sam Peckinpah.
Jason Robards is the title character, a charming desert rat; Stella Stevens is the cow-town harlot with the heart of gold; and David Warner is a preacher of sorts.
Robards is a grizzled prospector left to die in the desert wastes by Strother Martin and L.Q. Jones, two bumbling villains. Robards instead finds water where nobody ever had, and prospers as a rest-stop owner on a stage route owned by R.G. Armstrong, where Slim Pickens and Max Evans are the carriage drivers. Stevens becomes Robards’ big romance, but exits for Frisco on her gold-digging hunt. Characterizations are fully developed.