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James Caan in a publicity still for El Dorado (1966).  James has 129 acting credits so far, from a 1961 episode of Naked City to four films now in production.  His last release, Con Man, premiered in Mar 2018.

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El Dorado had its world premiere in Japan in Dec 1966, but it was held back in the USA until Jun 1967 as Paramount did not want it to compete with another of their westerns, Nevada Smith, with the more contemporary star Steve McQueen,

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James Caan and Michele Carey enjoy a kiss in the hay in El Dorado (1966).

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James Caan as Mississippi in a publicity still for El Dorado (1966).

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John Wayne as Cole Thornton in a publicity still for El Dorado (1966).

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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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As with most of Howard Hawks’ later films, there’s not a lot of action in El Dorado (1966), focusing instead on the characters and their relationships.

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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.

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John Wayne in El Dorado (1966), his fourth film with Howard Hawks, after Red River, Rio Bravo and Hatari.

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Paul Fix as Dr Miller in El Dorado (1966).

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John Wayne and Michele Carey in an original publicity still for El Dorado (1966).

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

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James Caan and Michele Carey in a publicity still for El Dorado (1966).  This is James’ second film for Howard Hawks, after Hawks’ previous Red Line 7000 (1965).  Michele couldn’t capitalize on her exposure in a Hawks film, although she was an excellent Hawksian woman.

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The back of this publicity still reads

1043292    TAKING CHARGE….John Wayne, left, tells off Christopher George as the big guy and James Caan invade outlaws’ lair in this scene from Howard Hawks’ “El Dorado”
starring John Wayne and Robert Mitchum.  Story of a gunfighter and a sheriff in a range war, the big Technicolor Western  co-starring Caan, Charlene Holt, Michele Carey, Arthur Hunnicut and Paul Fix was filmed on location in Arizona for Paramount Pictures.  Leigh Brackett wrote the screenplay based on a novel by Harry Brown, and El Dorado was photographed by Harold Rosson.

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James Caan and Michele Carey in another tussle in El Dorado (1966).