El Dorado

John Wayne appears to be getting the worst of it as Charlene Holt and Christopher George observe in El Dorado (1966).

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El Dorado

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John Wayne and Charlene Holt in a publicity still for El Dorado (1966).  This is Charlene’s third film in a row with Howard Hawks, after Man’s Favorite Sport (1964) as Rock Hudson’s girlfriend, and Red Line 7000 (1965) as the owner of the race car driver’s hangout.  El Dorado is easily her best of the three, but it didn’t lead to much of a career.

El Dorado

John Wayne and Charlene Holt, the second fine Hawksian woman in El Dorado (1966)

Howard Hawks

 Howard Hawks with Charlene Holt and an unidentified man at dinner.  Charlene was featureed in three Hawks movies of the 60’s, with El Dorado (1966) in her best Hawksian woman mode.

Red Line 7000

Howard Hawks directing Charlene Holt in a publicity still for Red Line 7000 (1965), the second of three films she made with Hawks, after Mans Favorite Sport (as Rock Hudon’s girlfriend), and before El Dorado.  Despite all the work with Hawks, her career didn’t amount to much otherwise.

El Dorado

Charlene Holt studies her lines with direction from Howard Hawks on the set of El Dorado (1966).

Mans Favorite Sport

Howard Hawks directing Charlene Holt in Man’s Favorite Sport (1964)

Howard Hawks directing Charlene Holt in Mans Favorite Sport (1964).

Red Line 7000

Charlene Holt tries to comfort Gail Hire who thinks she’s a jinx to her race car driver boyfriends in Red Line 7000 (1965).  Similar looking and sounding Suzanne Pleshette would have been much better in Gail’s part.

Red Line 7000

Charlene Holt sizes up James Caan in a rerelease publicity photo for Red Line 7000 (1965).  Though the film was generally a failure, they both were featured to better affect in Hawks’ next film, El Dorado.  Charlene was also in Hawks’ previous film, Man’s Favorite Sport, as Rock Hudson’s girlfriend.

Mans Favorite Sport

Charlene Holt as Tex Connors in an original publicity still for Mans Favorite Sport (1964)

Mans Favorite Sport

Charlene Holt in an original publicity still for Mans Favorite Sport (1964)

This is the first of three successive films Charlene made with Howard Hawks.  She was also in his next two films, Red Line 7000, and El Dorado.  Unfortunately it did not lead to much of a career post-Hawks, as she was a strong Hawksian female, especially in El Dorado.

El Dorado

Charlene Holt as Maude in El Dorado (1966).  This is Charlene’s third film in a row (a record for actresses) with Howard Hawks, after Man’s Favorite Sport and Red Line 7000.

El Dorado

John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and Charlene Holt in an original publicity still for El Dorado (1966) and a typical Hawks love triangle.