El Dorado

Howard Hawks and John Wayne take a break from filming El Dorado (1966) and celebrate somebody’s birthday with somebody’s son.

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Henry Hathaway visits Howard Hawks and John Wayne on the set of El Dorado (1966).  In just a couple of years, Henry would direct John Wayne in his Oscar winning performance as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit (1969).

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Howard Hawks goes over the script for El Dorado (1966) with  screenwriter Leigh Brackett.  Leigh first worked with Hawks on The Big Sleep and also received screenplay credit for his Rio Bravo, Hatari and Rio Lobo.

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“Howard Hawks w/ an assist from the Duke setting up a shot for ‘El Dorado’ (1966). pic.twitter.com/Q5H4rgdJdf
— James Hancock (@colebrax) August 21, 2015”

Howard Hawks sets up a shot for El Dorado (1966) with John Wayne at his side.

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Howard Hawks, John Wayne and James Caan in a publicity still for El Dorado (1966).

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Howard Hawks and John Wayne filming El Dorado (1966).  Once again Hawks was able to get a strong male actor, Robert Mitchum, to go up against the Duke.

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Howard Hawks directs James Caan and Michele Carey in a publicity still for El Dorado (1966).  It may not be a masterpiece like Hawks’ previous westerns Red River and Rio Bravo, but it is still a superior entertainment.

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John Ford visits Howard Hawks on the set of El Dorado (1966) with Michele Carey, a fine Hawksian woman, but she was unable to capitalize on it after Hawks.

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

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John Wayne in a classic pose for El Dorado (1966).  Filming was completed in Feb 1966 and it had its premiere in Japan in Dec 1966 as Paramount Studios held it up in the USA so it wouldn’t compete with Nevada Smith, another of their westerns, starring a more contemporary star Steve McQueen.    El Dorado was finally shown in America in June 1967.

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John Wayne, Christopher George and James Caan in a publicity still for El Dorado (1966).  James admitted he wore three inch heels for the film.

 

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John Wayne as Cole Thornton in a publicity still for El Dorado (1966), his fourth of five films with Howard Hawks.

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Michele Carey as Joey MacDonald in a publicity photo for El Dorado (1966).  When it was first released, critics widely panned it as old fashioned, although it was a hit with audiences and a money maker for the studio, and the film is now widely praised.  While it is not the masterpiece of Hawks’ other westerns Red River and Rio Bravo, it is still a superior entertainment and one of Hawks’ many career highlights.

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John Wayne as Cole Thornton and James Caan as Alan Bedillion Treherne, nicknamed Mississippi, in El Dorado (1966), James’ second film in a row for Howard Hawks, after the much weaker Red Line 7000.

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Ed Asner as Bart Jason in an autographed publicity still for El Dorado (1966).  Ed didn’t get along well with Howard Hawks while filming as their opposing political beliefs got in the way.