The Sons of Katie Elder

Movie Details

Year1965
DirectorHenry Hathaway
Key CastJohn Wayne, Dean Martin, Martha Hyer, Michael Anderson Jr., Earl Holliman, Jeremy Slate, James Gregory, Paul Fix, George Kennedy, Dennis Hopper
MPAA RatingApproved
Film TypeColor
Genre(s)Western
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John Wayne and Dean Martin star in “The Sons of Katie Elder”

Katie Elder had four sons. After she dies, the three older sons return home to Clearwater, Texas for her funeral. (The youngest son, Bud (Michael Anderson Jr.) was already living at home with her.)
 
The eldest son, John (John Wayne) is a rugged gunslinger. The second son, Tom, (Dean Martin) is a seasoned gambler. And the third son, Matt, (Earl Holliman) is a quiet, but tough cowboy.
 
After her funeral, the sons are shocked to learn that their mother died impoverished. She didn’t own any land or money because the father lost it gambling one night and was killed the same evening.
 
Since their father’s death, and the loss of the family homestead, sounds suspicious, the brothers decide to investigate the matter further. They believe that their father may have been the victim of a crooked card game and swindle.
 
As “The Sons of Katie Elder” dig further into the matter, a lot of feathers get ruffled!
 
 
• This was the first movie that John Wayne made after being diagnosed with lung cancer and having the lung removed. In fact, the shooting of the film was delayed because Wayne was diagnosed with cancer four months before shooting was originally scheduled to begin. Even though he would have had a good reason not to, John Wayne did all of his own stunts in “The Sons of Katie Elder.”
 
• “The Sons of Katie Elder” was the second western movie that John Wayne and Dean Martin made together. They also starred together in the famous Howard Hawks directed western “Rio Bravo.”
 
• The director of this movie, Henry Hathaway, also directed some other notable western films. His western movie credits include:
True Grit (1969)
∙ Nevada Smith (1966)
How the West Was Won (1962) (segments “The Rivers”, “The Plains” and “The Outlaws”)
∙ Rawhide (1951)
 

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“The Sons of Katie Elder” return home for her funeral and discover that their mom died impoverished. Thinking that something suspicious happened, they decide to “hang around” to find out what really happened to their father and family land.   John Wayne, Dean Martin, Earl Holliman and Michael Anderson Jr. star in this classic western.  

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