The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970) Script

Sorry, old timer, but you're only part poison, and I'm hungry for meat.

I'm a little thirsty, too.



Go easy.

You peckerwoods just raised hell with our supper.

Find any water?

I appreciate humor, boys.

But I'm beginning to think you're cutting it a mite thin.

What else we got to do?

What'd you find?

10,000 gallons of sand.

That's, uh... That's what we found.

We had you shaking, didn't we, Cable?

Pull him off, boy!

It's just like you said, Hogue.

There's water enough for 2... but not for 3.

You damn fool. You had us.

You just wouldn't pull the trigger.

'Cause you're yella.

He's yella, just plain yella.

Hell, you're yella.

Cable is yella.


♪♪ Ol' Cable's yella ♪♪

♪♪ Ol' Cable is white ♪♪ Ol' Cable's dyin'.

But that's all right.

♪♪ Taggart an' Bowen is slick as you please ♪♪

♪♪ Took all the water ♪♪ Git up there!

♪♪ And left for the trees ♪♪ Hey, fellas, leave me a little.


It's all yours, Cable.

50,000 gallons of sand!

We've got your water, Cable!

Call me yella.

♪♪ Cable is yella ♪♪ Leave me to dry and blow away.

Sing a song about it!

Laugh at old Cable Hogue, huh?

I'll get out!

I'll get out!

Don't you worry none about that.

You just...

Worry about when I get out.

I'll find you, Taggart!

And you, Bowen, you mealy-mouth little pimp.

You never could tell gold sand from lizard shit, and there's a big difference.

A big difference!

I'll live to spit on your graves!

We got your water, Cable!

Ain't had no water since yesterday, Lord.

Gettin' a little thirsty.

Just thought I'd mention it.


Yesterday, I told you I was thirsty...

And I thought you might turn up some water.

Now, if I sinned, you just send me a drop or 2, and I won't do it no more... whatever in the hell it was I did.

I mean that, Lord.

Ah! 4 days without water.

You don't think I put in my sufferin' time...

You oughta try goin' dry for a spell.

Listen to me!

Listen to me.

If I don't get some soon, I ain't gonna have no chance to repent.

Careful now!

You're about to get my dander up.

Lord... You call it.

I'm just plain done in.





You found it.


Told you I was gonna live.

This is Cable Hogue talkin'.

Hogue! Me!

Cable Hogue!

Hogue... me.

Me. I did it.

Cable Hogue.

I found it.





With kids and mamas.


Goin' somewhere on a road.

And I'm on it.

Me and my water hole.

I whipped them bastards.

Now all I gotta do is wait.


Get outta there, boy!

Get with it!

Hyah, boy!

Hey, wait a minute, fellers!

Whoa! Ho! Ho! Ho!


Ho! Ho!

Is something the matter?

Why are we stopping?

Are we in trouble?

He is. We ain't.

Nice evenin', fellas.

You're a long way from home.

I'm halfway to hell and lookin' for help.

You got it, pilgrim.

You've fallen among good hands, my friend.

The gospel says, "do unto others as..."

Do you want a ride in?

He can ride inside with us.

Matthew 2:3.

Uh, Daniel, are you sure?


I told you never to question my judgment.

"As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just."

Job 5:30.

I have never questioned your judgment.

In the 26 years of our marriage... blessed by a devotion to the cause of the Lord...

I have never questioned your judgment, but I am now.

It seems ridiculous to sit in the middle of the desert watching men drink.

We're near halfway in.

How about $3.00?

No. If sugar were 2 cents a barrel, I couldn't afford a pinch of salt and an egg to put it on.

I was robbed about 5 days back.

Robbed? Robbed?!

Robbery, did you say? Where?

They nailed me out there on the flats, ma'am.

They took everything I had.

Mister, you're damn lucky to be alive.

Your language is disgusting.

Both of you.

Hell, we know that.

Well! More profanity.

Shoot, partner, crawl on up.

You can ride for nothin'.

They're despicable, of course, but what do you expect me to do?

I expect you to take action.

I think we should leave.

No, thanks.

Driver. It's getting late.

Don't fret, your honor.

We're just fixin' to leave soon as I count my money.

Count your what?

Soon as I water my mule!

Watering his mule?

What on earth does he mean?

I'll explain it to you later, dear.

How far is it to town?

Dead Dog's about... 20 Miles.

And Gila City's about...

Same ol' 20 Miles.

I don't see any mules.

Looks like you could use another stop.

Wouldn't be no good without water.

The stage appears to me to be driven by horses.

Please! Shh!

No water between Gila and Dead Dog?


Sure don't seem to bother me none.

Daniel, are you going to do something...

Be worth a lot if a fella was to find it?

Worth a damn sight more than gold.

Driver! It's getting dark.

Generally does about this time.

Damndest thing I ever saw.

Got enough water to hold you?

He'll never drive a stage again... never, anywhere.


I demand that you start this vehicle at once!


Sure do, uh...

Well, many thanks.

Many thanks till you're better paid.

Start this vehicle!

I am going to report you to your superiors.

You shall never drive again.

Do you hear?

"The wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience."

Ephesians 5:6.



Hallelujah, brother!

The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away!

Matthew, chapter 2...

When you comin' back?

Next week.

You sure you don't wanna ride with us?



I'll be right here, Hogue.

Right here.

Hey, feller.

Hey, hold up there a minute, feller.

That's 10 cents.

That's my water.

My land, my water.

Found it where it wasn't.

10 cents.

Here's your pay.

You shouldn't a-done that.

Is that so?

Give me that rifle.

I'll give you what's in it.

Now get out.

Drop by again.

Always open for business.

You're my first customer.

Appears to me you've been 17 kinds of a damn fool.

Not that it seems to bother you none.

Peace and good will, brother.

I come as a friend.

Careful, son. I'm a man of God.

Well, you damn near joined him.

Anybody with you?

I'm alone.

I am the reverend Joshua Duncan Sloane, preacher to all of eastern Nevada and selected parts of northern Arizona.

Well, you're a sorry preacher...

And a helluva sneak.

In my case, sir, those thus attributed often go hand-in-hand.

And speaking of such, here is mine in all good fellowship.

I'm Cable Hogue.


That's rather an unusual name, isn't it?

You have builded an oasis out of this wilderness.

No, no. I just stumbled on that mud hole over there, and I dug it out a little.

You might call this place Cable Springs.

Sound good?


That excavation... a wine cellar perhaps?

No. That's a 3-holer.

Expecting a lot of business.

I see tragedy has already struck this cactus Eden.

No. That's no tragedy.

Shot the son of a bitch with his own rifle.

He tried to kill me.

He was my first customer.

You're my second.

Well said and well done.

Defend thyself with the jawbone of an ass, if need be.

You are a good Samaritan to offer help and water to a needy traveler..

Hallelujah, brother.

At 10 cents a head.

Water to men, sheep, and hogs... 10 cents.

Horses, mules, and cows... 2 bits.

Of course.

In advance.

In advance.

In advance.

Which means, before you drink, you pay 10 cents.

In advance.

Cast thy bread upon the waters and let this man of God have his just needs.

You talk like a man of God, all right, but I worked like hell for that there water.

My poor, misguided friend, you are but a poor sinner in need of redemption.

I will redeem you.

10 cents, you pious bastard, or I'll bury you.

What church did you say you was with, Preacher?

The Church of the Wayfaring Stranger... a church of my own revelation.

Just like that?

Just like that.

Where's it located?

Wherever I go, it goes with me.

Would you like to see some of my parishioners?

Sisters of the spirit.

Why, that one's naked as a jaybird's ass.

Naked we come into this earth, naked we shall return.

Well, well, well, brother Hogue.

I foresee a great community springing out of the sand... busy thoroughfares, alabaster buildings, a thriving community filled with the faithful.


How much of this land is yours?

To sell, of course. I wish to buy.

Well, uh... Considerable.

I don't see any boundary stakes anywhere around.

Of course, I suppose you've been too busy to go into the Land Office and file your claim.

You know, if anyone were to drop a word of this in Dead Dog or Lizard, why, maybe there'd be

47 men riding out here by sundown with a claim in one hand and a gun in the other to back it up.

Yes, this information could mean quite a lot of mon...


What a blessing religion must be, Preacher.

It touches my heart.

The loan of your horse.

It's nothing, my friend.

Ride in good health, with my blessing.

I hate to go in among 'em, but you've shown me the way to salvation and a secured claim.

My only aim in life is to help the misbegotten, the downtrodden, and the members of my parish.

God bless you, Preacher.

Make yourself to home.

Only don't forget... every time you take a drink, leave 10 cents in the cup, or I'll blow your ass into next Wednesday.

Come on, get up there!

Get up there!

Well, get in, get it over with, and then get out.



Please, miss.


Please, uh...

Mm, ahem.

Well, hell, could you tell me where the land office is?

Well, you're lookin' right at it.

Can't you see the sign?

Well, you see, miss, I, uh...


Well, hell, I don't read too goddamn good.

My name's Cable Hogue.

Which one is it?

It's right there with the white sign.

Thank you kindly, miss.

Oh, uh...

The Stage Office.

It's right down there, kitty-corner from here.

Across from the bank.

Thank you, miss.

My pleasure.

Thank you truly.

How much it cost to file?

Will this be under the desert land act or homesteaded?

Well, I wanna do what's right.

Under the desert land act, an individual can file for up to 320 acres at $1.25 an acre.

Plus proof of reclamation.

Now, whoa.

Hold up there, fella.

What the hell does all that mean?

Land without water is not allowable.

If you can't substantiate either agricultural or hort...

Hold on there, fella.

I got water.



West. 8 mile through that Red Rock Pass.

Off by the wagon road there.

It seems to be open at present, but...

But, my ass!

There's no water there.

Yeah? Well, come on out.

If you can't drink it, I'll fry that claim paper.

Speaking of which, where is it?

All right.

What's your name?

Cable Hogue.


L-E or E-L?

How do you spell "Cable"?

Well, if you're boggin' down on "Cable," wait till you get to "Hogue."

How much it gonna cost?

$1.25 an acre.

All right.


What'll that buy me?

That will buy you 2 acres.

Sign it in, then.

Let's see what it'll do, as the lady said to the sailor.

2 acres, Mr. Hogue.

It's legal, ain't it?

Well... Yes.

Mark it.

Ha ha!

2 acres at Cable Springs, signed, sealed, and delivered!



You put it down right there.

Yes, sir.

I want a copy on my desk.

Right away, sir.

You the boss here?

I'm Quittner.


Well, I bet you ain't no quitter, are ya?

So, you bought yourself a claim for $2.50.

So what?

So it was every last cent I had.

I can believe it.

Where is this claim, mister... Mister...

Hogue. C-A-B-L-E.

It's at Jackass Flats, about a mile...

What in the hell you got out there so important you gotta bother me with it?

Ha ha ha ha.

You trying to tell me you found water between here and Gila?

If you was to give me $35...

Cut you in for half.

Ha ha ha ha.

This stage line's been operating for 35 years.

We've looked under every rock, behind every sand pile between here and Gila.

If there was water in that 40 Miles, we'd have found it.

I'm telling you straight.

No, I'm telling you straight.

I've had my belly full of broken-down prospectors, hoboes, and get-rich-quick- on-my-money promoters.

Every one of ya come by here is trying to gouge money out of me.

Aw, you never even...

But you're the only son of a bitch that ever had the gall to pour water on my britches.

Now, I let you talk and I listened to you, and I'm not interested.

♪♪ Ashes, ashes ♪♪ Get out and stay out, plumber.

By God, this is worth something.

Yeah, worth 2 acres over at Jackass Flats.


Something I can do for you?

See that chunk of paper there? That's me, mine. Mine.

Across the street there, they think I'm lying.

They say there's no water. Heh. No water.

Listen, I was robbed and left to die without a drop.

Well, do I look dead?

No, sir. Climbed up on my hind feet and walked straight to water. W-A-T-L-E.

That sort of grabs ya by the short hairs, don't it?

You've got the floor.

Well, those silly jackasses over there can laugh at me all they want, but they're in a spot of trouble.

Now, wouldn't you think a stage line could see that?

In all the long, drawed-out, back-breaking, kidney-shaking, bladder-busting miles from here to Lizard, there's not one spot of wet relief for man nor beast.

Now, if I could bring comfort to the passengers, rest to the teams, food and drink to the drivers, and water to all, what would be wrong with that?

Now listen, there's a preacher out at my diggings.

He'll tell ya.

And you wouldn't doubt a man of the gospel, would ya?

Of course. That's the first man I'd doubt.

By golly... I'll be damned.

Looks like I came to the right place after all.

What do you want?


35 of them green ones.

Have you any collateral?

Do you own anything?

Why, sure. I told you, there.

That is $2.50.

I'm worth something, ain't I?

I want to hear more.


Why not?

Say, I always thought you bankers stole for the rich.

I didn't know you'd talk to a shirttail trash like me.

We don't steal.

Well, lend, borrow, invest and mortgage and repossess.

What the hell else do you call it?

What's your name?

Cable Hogue. Cable, with an L-E.

So, Mr. Cable Hogue, is $35 all you want?

Will a hundred get you started?

Hey, Hildy, you got a new customer.

Go on, go on.

Go on in, mister.

She's up waiting for ya. Go on in.

Don't stand there like a jackass eating cactus.



Do you wanna see me?

Well, come on in.



Honey, you was smelling bad enough to gag a dog off a gut wagon.

Oh, I smell a lot better right now, though.


Hey, look at that. Oop. Inside plumbing.

As good as anything you'd find in Kansas City.

Sweet glory, love. Ohh.

Well, I had to get you rinsed off, didn't I?

Yeah. Oh.

I swear, I never seen a man so dirty.

You know, you must've had a pound of dirt on you?

Hmm. Well, feel a lot lighter now, Millie.

My name is Hildy.

Oh, well...

Now don't you be mixin' me up with them other ones.

Don't worry.

I won't.

You know, honey, if you're ever thinking of quittin' this job, I'm building myself a place.

Gonna be... Something.

No. I've had enough of this damn desert.

Not me. Not yet.

I'm on my way up.

Undo me.


San Francisco is my next stop.

San Francisco? Heh.

And when I hit 'Frisco...

Noisy, god-awful, claptrap town.

I'm gonna hit it in style.

2 days, and you're tired of it.

Tired of it?

Heh. I ain't even got there yet.

Heh heh.

Oh, you'll get there, all right.

You bet your sweet life I will.

One way or another, love.

And when I do hit 'Frisco, I'm gonna be the ladiest damn lady you ever seen.

Aw, yeah.



I'm gonna marry me the richest man in San Francisco.

Maybe the 2 richest men.

It's just a question of time.

Well, if you ever need any help, uh...

Remember my name?

You remember mine?

Come here.

God's pure and natural elements are being threatened by the devil, yes. Sinners!

What's wrong?

The devil seeks to destroy you with machines!

Ask me how I know.

There are those of us who talk to God.

God talked to me the other day.

He said, "inventions are the work of Satan.

Tell them how it is, James."

I gotta go.

That pious son of a bitch coulda sold me out.


Taken the stage to Gila, sold me out.



Come here.

...and gather by the river with me, James!"

That's what the almighty said.

Aw, lost it. No good.

Trouble is, I... I got to mark my boundaries.

Build me a claim monument.

What in the hell are you talking about?

Aw, just know it. Bother me.

Bother you?

All the way through it.

Thinking of that damn preacher out there.

Heh. Maybe come in to cheat me.


Hell of a time to hold a goddamn prayer meeting.

What is the matter with you?



Ain't you forgetting something?


Well, what about me?


Me. Me and my money.


For what?


♪♪ Shall we gather at the river? ♪♪

Well, if you don't want me here...

Easy. Easy.

Whoa. Hold up there, now. Careful. Ooh...

Didn't take ya long, mister.

Just a damn minute.

Hildy, listen. I told ya.

Gonna take the stage to Gila.

Sold me out.

I'll be back.

Back, hell. You'll pay me now.

Look at him go. Where's he going?

That a girl, Hildy.

There you are, you son of a bitch.

Heh. I told ya I'd be back.

You call yourself a man?

Of course I do. I got business at the Springs.

You got business with me.

Now get up here and settle up.

Later, Hildy. Later, hell.

Whoa-ho! Look out!

Heh heh heh. Well, you know how it is, folks. Women.

♪♪ Yes, we'll gather at the river ♪♪

♪♪ The beautiful, beautiful river ♪♪ Just a damn minute, Cable.

♪♪ Gather with the saints at the river ♪♪

Merciful God.

Ladies, peace. Everything'll be all right.

Take your hands off of me.

I'm looking for my glasses.

Not you, you.

Will you get off my face?

Oh, oh, is that you, Robert?

What are you doing?

Get ahold of him, Frank. He's getting away.

Get him, get him.

Go get him, Frank.

You think you can mock the Lord?

Hey, stranger!

Nasty man. We'll never see you again.

Hope he breaks his neck.

Get the hell out of here, you damn bum.

Come on, let's ride him out of here.

Why, you son of a bitch.

It's all right, folks.

Yeah, it's all right.

Ohh... Hey, come back here.

Cable Hogue, you're no damn good!

I'll be back!

You hussy!

♪♪ Wait for me, sunrise ♪♪

♪♪ Bring me some new skies ♪♪

♪♪ Gonna stop all my wandering ♪♪

♪♪ When I see what tomorrow will bring ♪♪ Welcome back to the fold, brother.

Drink up, Preacher.

Gonna get spruced up.

Going back in amongst 'em.

I got unfinished business in Dead Dog.


♪♪ And that's how the farmer's daughter ♪♪

♪♪ Went and lost her yellow garter ♪♪

♪♪ I can't go back to Memphis anymore ♪♪

♪♪ Anymore, anymore ♪♪

♪♪ I can't go back to Memphis anymore ♪♪

♪♪ I can't go back to Memphis anymore ♪♪

Uhh! Ohh!

Heh heh heh.

Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh.

Heh heh heh heh heh.

Heh heh heh heh heh.

Oh, ahh, oh. Howdy.

Thank you.

Hey, that collar comes off as easy as it goes on.

Of course. If I cannot rouse heaven, I intend to raise hell.


♪♪ Rosy the queen of the boys in the back ♪♪

♪♪ Would sing while the liquor poured brown ♪♪

♪♪ Brown whiskey, white whiskey, dance to Rosy's tune ♪♪

♪♪ Sing out, sing out, and pour it down ♪♪

♪♪ Drink 'em up, fill 'em up ♪♪

♪♪ Fill 'em up, drink 'em up ♪♪

♪♪ Sing out, Rosy, while I dream ♪♪

♪♪ Rosy, when you dance, Rosy, when you sing ♪♪

♪♪ Things ain't quite what they seem... ♪♪ You see?

I told you.

It went clean through.


She took her.

♪♪ She whirls and the liquor pours fast ♪♪

♪♪ Drink 'em up, fill 'em up ♪♪

♪♪ Fill 'em up, drink 'em up ♪♪

♪♪ Sing out, Rosy, while I dream... ♪♪ Children, we are gathered here under the sight of the Lord almighty... not now, Josh.

Hildy, uh...

♪♪ Your hair starts to raise ♪♪

♪♪ And your toes start to curl ♪♪

♪♪ The smoke starts to form in your eyes ♪♪

♪♪ Drink 'em up, fill 'em up ♪♪

♪♪ Fill 'em up, drink 'em up ♪♪

♪♪ Sing out, Rosy, while I dream ♪♪

♪♪ Rosy, when you dance, Rosy, when you sing ♪♪

♪♪ Things ain't quite what they seem... ♪♪

Ha ha ha! Eh heh heh.

Ha ha ha! Ha ha ha!

Aww, mmm.

Now, Josh.

Children, we are gathered here under the sight of the Lord almighty...


♪♪...and pour it down ♪♪ Ohh!


♪♪ While I dream ♪♪

♪♪ Rosy, when you dance... ♪♪

Uhh-ah! Oh...



Cable Hogue, take off your damn boots!

Mmm. Now, that's better.




Ahh... Hmm...

Oh! Mmm...


Well, the Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away.

♪♪ Sing out, Rosy, while I dream ♪♪

♪♪ Rosy, when you dance ♪♪

♪♪ Rosy, when you sing ♪♪

Good evening.

Just passing through.

♪♪ Rosy, the queen of the boys in the back ♪♪

♪♪ Would sing while the liquor poured brown ♪♪ Ah ha ha ha!

Ah... Ha ha!

♪♪ Dance to Rosy's tune ♪♪

♪♪ Sing out, sing out, and pour it down ♪♪

♪♪ Drink 'em up, fill 'em up ♪♪

♪♪ Fill 'em up, drink 'em up ♪♪

♪♪ Sing out, Rosy, while I dream ♪♪

♪♪ Rosy, when you dance, Rosy, when you sing... ♪♪

♪♪ Wait for me ♪♪

♪♪ Sunrise ♪♪

♪♪ Bring me some new skies ♪♪

♪♪ Gonna stop all my wanderin' ♪♪

♪♪ When I see ♪♪

♪♪ What tomorrow will bring ♪♪

♪♪ It might bring down ♪♪

♪♪ Taste ♪♪

♪♪ Of a bright, Berry wine ♪♪

♪♪ Or a white wingin' bird ♪♪

♪♪ Singin' out, feelin' fine ♪♪

♪♪ It might ♪♪

♪♪ Bring by a breeze over ♪♪

♪♪ New mown hay ♪♪

♪♪ Or the touch of a lover ♪♪

♪♪ At the end of a day ♪♪

♪♪ So you wait for me ♪♪

♪♪ Sunrise ♪♪

♪♪ Bring me some new skies ♪♪

♪♪ Gonna stop all my wanderin' ♪♪

♪♪ When I see ♪♪

♪♪ What tomorrow will bring ♪♪


My apologies for intruding in your time of obvious grief, but, being a man of the cloth, I could not possibly bear to pass your door without at least offering you the solace of my services.

I am the reverend Joshua Duncan Sloane.

Reverend, thank you for coming.

Come, child, take my hand.

The Lord works in many ways.

Sometimes when he has dealt too much for one to bear, he sends a messenger to comfort and love.

He does?


Such a messenger am I.

Come, child...

And lay your head on my shoulder.

This is a shoulder for the grieving...

A hand to be gripped in despair...

A vial to pour one's heart into.

My only mission in life is that of comfort and love, which I humbly offer you now.


Thank you, reverend.


What great weight can I lift from your tortured soul?

Oh, it's Frank.


Frank? Where?!

He's dead.

I just got the telegram today.

It happened in Gila.

How terrible.

He's only been gone 2 days and 2 weeks.


Oh, weep your heart into mine, child, for it is weeping with you.

I will be the reservoir for your sorrow and your guide for a brighter tomorrow.

Oh, reverend Sloane, it's so good to know that somebody cares.

Thank not me, sister. I am but an emissary of the kingdom of heavenly love.

Out of the depth of your sorrow, we shall find the beauty of his love.

Even now, as we stand here in his shadow, feel your grief subside...

As I absorb it...

Through my palm...

And into my hand.

Ahh... I do, reverend.

Feel your pain...

Flowing freely...

Out of your heart...

And into my hand.

I feel it.

Come, child...

Together, we shall purge this grief from your soul and release your true spirit as we search the path to righteousness.

Claudia, it's me!

It's my husband.

But he's the telegram.

No, that's Frank my brother.

Clete doesn't know yet.


Claudia, open the goddamned door!

Reverend, would you help Console Clete like you did me? Claudia!

They were very close.

What the hell is goin' on here?!


There's been a death in the family.

It's Frank.

He's dead.


Bow your heads.

In this, your moment of need, I will comfort you.

Yea, I will comfort you...

And bring you to a better understanding of the mysteries of life...

And death.

And love.

Thank you, reverend.

I loved that kid, reverend, crazy loon that he was.

I know.

I know.

She was a treasure, waiting to be found, a dew-kissed flower, sparkling in the sunrise.

Her breath was that of a wanton angel upon my lips.

She's a married woman.

I shall walk in her breezes, bask in the rays of her beauty, lie in the golden arches of her passions.

Oh, brother Hogue, it grieves me bad to think of her with that Goliath.

Your cup run dry, Preacher.

A man's a poor sport when it comes to another pleasurin' his woman.

I don't pleasure them, brother Hogue.

I baptize them!

With loving care.

That's all she needs.

There's been a death in the family, and she needs help. My help.

Her husband will give her all the help she needs or wants.


Who gives her all the help she needs and wants? You, brother?

Hildy ain't mine.

Nobody owns Hildy.

She's got her life, and I got mine...

Right here.

Right where I wanna be.

That's not exactly true, Cable.

You love that girl.

Hey, up and at 'em!

You're no help to me, sittin' there on your ass!

Giddyap, now!

Brother, sometimes I question your sanity.

You don't know nothin' about swappin'.

I gave a week's waterin' rights for all this.

Now, that's a swappin' man's swap.

Why, you can't sleep unless you're bedded down on lizards and rocks.

'Tain't true.

Only thing I like about cities is city beds.

My little Claudia springs to mind.

I'll just bet she does.

I really ought to venture into Dead Dog and pay her my respects.

Burnin' with passion, eh, Preacher?

What about yours, brother Hogue?

Hell, I ain't never had a passion.

Then what do you call that vengeance that gnaws at the very walls of your soul?

That's a passion that'll nurture the dandelions above your grave.

Taggart and Bowen left me out there to die.

If my feet don't get cold, my back don't turn yellow, my legs'll stay under me, I aim to kill 'em for it!

I don't call that a passion.

"Vengeance is mine," sayeth the Lord.

Well, that's fair enough with me, just as long as he don't take too long, and I can watch.


Giddyap now!




Did it ever occur to you, Cable, how wise and bountiful God was...

To put breasts on a woman?

Just the right number in just the right place.

Did you ever notice that, Cable?

Well, where in the hell else would he put 'em?

On their backside?

It's a thought.

Have you ever noticed a female person's legs?

Of course I have. Some of 'em go all the way up to the lady's ass, others stop somewhat below.

The thigh...

The soft abundance of the female thigh.

Have you ever noticed?


There appears to be...

A small hole in the sack.


Howdy, Mr. Cushing!

Afternoon, gentlemen.

Thought I might pay you a visit.

Well, this is it: Cable Springs.

Mr. Hogue, you've done remarkable things with $100.

Thank you, Mr. Cushing.

I see you've got neighbors.

Fred, keep that thing workin'.

Yeah. They'd like to be.

Tell me, have they found anything?

Not a drop.

And they've been diggin' for 13 days!

Ha ha ha!

Any sign of water down there, fellas?

Looks like I bought the right 2 acres, eh, fellas?

All right, Hogue! All right, I give up! Damn it!

Whoo-ha! All right, fellas, don't fill up the holes. Just pick up those siders.

Let's get the hell outta here!

Let's go get a drink!

I'm all for that!

Never did like water anyway.

Good afternoon, Mr. Cushing.

Well, you've got us, Hogue. We're beat.

Here's your contract.

Whoa, boy! Whoa!

I've already signed it.

Everything comes to he who waits.

Just sign your name right there.

That makes it official.

You're in business, Cable.

By the way, Hogue. I reckon this is about the most important thing of all.

Yeah? What's it gonna cost me?


Well, now...

If that don't beat all.

Gonna have to buy you a flagpole.

I'll make my own.

Hey, there!

Hey, there! More, please! More!

Would you mind if I had a tiny bit more, also?

It's really very tasty.

Why, good heavens.

Nailed 'em down.

Makes 'em easy to wash.

Keep track.

It's delicious.

Desert stew... good, fresh meat.

What's in it?

That's jackrabbit...

Coq au vin.

Coq au vin?

What's coq au vin?

Coq au vin:

Breast of quail, dove thighs, that sort of thing.

Ah! Yeah.

And, uh, rattlesnake, ground squirrel...

Black gophers...

Horny toads, grasshoppers for seasonin', and pack rats and prairie dogs to fill in.

'Course if you get ahold of a wild onion, that'll help.

See, out here, what you gotta do is, you gotta work and make do.

Hey, wait a minute! There's dessert!

Matthew, stop eatin' that!

Ha ha ha!

Matthew, I'll spank the livin' daylights outta you.

All aboard!


Matthew! Now, I said hurry, Matthew.

All right, let's go, folks!

All aboard for Dead Dog!

Cable, I'm off into Dead Dog.

The call is upon me and cannot be ignored without endangering my soul.

Your soul?

Well, just be careful your ass don't get full of buckshot.

I'm doing the Lord's work.

That's a hell of a name to call it.

I reckon you're right.


Josh, tell Hildy I...

I will, Cable. I will.

I'll give her your love!

That's all you can do, Preacher!

You can't convince Hildy with anything but hard cash!

We'll see about that, Cable.

We'll see.

Hildy, I don't know why you're here, but I'm mighty glad you are.

I was asked to leave by the good people of the town.

Good people? Dead Dog?

I never met any.

'Cept you.


Ain't got around to doin' my dishes yet.


Sun makes 'em real pure, you see.

You see Joshua?

Surely did.

Oh, he talks a lot, Cable...

And well, too.

But, you know...

I just ain't ready to be saved yet.

I, uh...

You make yourself to home, right at home.

I'll be right back.



Been awful nice to me, Hogue.

Never bothered ya none what I am?

Hell, no, it never bothered me.

I enjoyed it.

Well, what the hell are ya?

A human being.

We try the best we can.

We all got our own ways of livin'.

And lovin'?

Gets mighty lonesome without it.

You know, miss Hildy?

Sometimes out here alone at night, well, sometimes I wonder what the hell I'm doin' out here.

Why don't you live in town?

I don't know about that.

In town, I'd be nothin'.

I don't like bein' nothin'.

I've been that before.

Out here, I...


Got a good start.

If you'd like to stay on a while...

Hogue, it's not my kinda life.

I can't stay.

We just don't think the same.

San Francisco for me.

But not tonight.

Now that is a picture.

You've seen it before.


Nobody's ever seen you before.

Giddyap now!


Get on, boy!

Giddyap, boy!

3 hours early.



Well, go get me a robe.

That's too little!

Go get my robe!

Whoa. Whoa!


Welcome to Cable Springs.


Giddyap now!


Won't be here much longer.

If I don't go now, won't be much use in goin' later.

Soon as they come.

What if they never come?

Whoa! Whoa, whoa, boy!

Whoa! Whoa!

It ain't worth it, Hogue.

Revenge always turns sour.

You oughta just forget 'em.

Ah, some things a man can't forget.

I got me 2 of 'em...

Taggart and Bowen.

I been waitin' a long time, Hildy.

Well, you couldn't handle 'em last time.

Next time, you'll probably just get yourself killed.

Even if ya did get 'em and you got to San Francisco, how'd you find me?

Don't you worry none about that.

I'll find ya.

But it's a big town, Hogue.

A real city.

I don't care where you are, Hildy.

I said I'd find ya, and I aim to do just that.

And quit changin' the subject.

I think he's after me, Cable.

He's gonna kill me.

Then keep moving.

I'm serious.

So am I.

She was not a sister in purity.

I found her weeping by the livery stable.

Clete had taken to drink and left the poor child.


Well, I consoled her for days.

Lovely days and nights.

And then he returned and the foolish woman went to him, confessed, and begged for forgiveness.


Well, he forgave her, but he never forgave me, and now he swears I won't leave this desert alive.

Good luck, Preacher.

Oh, brother Hogue, every moment we argue, death may be riding closer.

We're in trouble.

We? I never diddled nobody's wife.

To err is human, brother.

To forgive is divine.

Somebody's coming.

You better hide yourself.

Don't go in the bedroom. Hildy's in there.

Hildy? From Dead Dog?

That's the one, and you better behave yourself or I'll come gunnin' for ya.

Morning, Preacher Sloane.

Morning, Hildy.


Can I help you, mister?

Yeah. Whose horse is that?

Which one?

The one that's all lathered up.

Oh, that. That's mine.

What's its name?

Eh, that?

That's, uh...

It's old Alexander.

Come, child. I will protect you.

The violence might spread inside.

Joshua, what the hell do you think you're doing?

Funny name for a mare.

Uh, well, uh, like the lady said to the sailor, it all depends on how you look at it.

Yea, little desert flower, I will protect you as a Shepherd protects his flock.

Yeah? Well, I heard about them sheepherders, reverend Sloane, and you ain't sticking my feet in your boots.

You listen to me!

I want that son of a bitch!

I'll pay a hundred dollars in gold, wet or dry, dead or alive.

A hundred dollars?


Well, if I see him, you'll get him.

I better. So long, feller.

Don't forget.

I won't.

You better not!


I told you to stay the hell out of there!

Thank you, Cable, for sanctuary.

My dear, this smells delicious.

Thank you, Joshua.

It is good.

Hold up there, Preacher.

That'll be 50 cents.

Oh, it's hardly fair.

Not fair? He should pay me double.

Why? You haven't charged me nothin'.

That's because you haven't charged me nothin'.

Oh, brother, you really are a true Samaritan.

Don't push your luck, Josh.

Wouldn't you like to say grace, reverend?

Not over my food.

Very well, then. I'll say grace.

Dear Lord, we thank thee for all this good food and that we can share it as one.

We thank thee for thy goodness and thy mercy.

Bless this food, oh Lord...

And bless this house.




Thank you, Hildy.


I'll be leaving tomorrow.


You know I was only gonna stay one day, maybe 2.

It's been over 3 weeks already.

It can't be.

Has, though.

Guess I, uh, got used to your cooking and all.

And it has been nice hearing you sing.

I...I admit I, uh...

Thought a lot about stayin'.

You treated me like a real lady, Hogue.

You were good to me.

Not good enough?

Maybe too good. I don't know.

I just can't handle...

Thank you very much for everything, but I'm leavin'.

Uh, excuse me.

Sorta lost my appetite.

Uh, I better find you a place to sleep, Preacher.

No need.

That bed in there will suit me just fine and dandy.

It's fine and dandy, but it ain't yours.

Well, isn't a guest entitled to bed and board?

A paying guest!

Oh, stop it!

Both of you are gonna sleep outside tonight.

Outside, both of you.

Good night, Cable.

Good night, Josh.

Morning, brother Hogue.

Sleep well last night?



Is Hildy up yet?

Left early.

How do you know?

Well, you know how it is, Josh.

Funny thing.

It doesn't matter how much or how little you've wandered around, how many women you've been with.

Every once in a while, one of them cuts right through...

Right straight into you.

What do you do about it?

I suppose maybe when you die, you get over it.

So long, Cable.

So long, Josh.

♪♪ Let tomorrow be the song you sing ♪♪

♪♪ And yesterday won't mean a thing ♪♪

♪♪ Make today your next day's dawn ♪♪

♪♪ And you'll still be here grinnin' ♪♪

♪♪ When today's all gone ♪♪

♪♪ Let tomorrow steal the song I sing ♪♪

♪♪ Good or bad, whatever it brings ♪♪

♪♪ Got no choice, greet the day ♪♪

♪♪ And whatever debt I owe to fate ♪♪

♪♪ I'll make fate pay ♪♪

It's me!

Cable Hogue!

Right here!


Right here, waiting!

Come on, Blackie!

Get in!

Get in there, horse!

Whoa, boy! Whoa! Whoa!

Don't feed 'em.

We're just staying long enough to water the horses, and we're runnin' late.

All right, Ben.

Welcome to Cable Springs.

It's out in the back, ma'am.

I was wondering and worrying if you got out of there all right.

Glad you made it.

Huh... Howdy, Cable.


Come on and have a drink of the best damn water for 50 mile around.

I found it where it wasn't.

How long you had this place?

3 years and a half.

Pretty big layout.

Well, I owe it all to you boys.

When I come out of there, I found this water hole and just went into business.

Looks like you done real well.

Big fat bank book, huh, Cable?

Hogue in a bank? Ha!

You don't know him better than that, you don't know him at all.

Here ya go, Cable.

Another month paid in full.

No, no banks for me.

I'll just put this in the old sock, and I got it well hid.

We're sure glad to hear you're doing so well.

Shoot, if I was just doing half as good, I'd be a rich son of a bitch instead of just a poor one.

All right, folks, let's go!

All aboard for Dead Dog!

Well, I owe it all to you, boys!

Now, you come back and see me now, you hear?

We will.

One of these days.

Now, you can count on it.

Blackie, get out of there!

Come on, boy. Hyah!

Get out of there!

See ya, Hogue!

So long, Ben!

♪♪ Taggart and Bowen as quick as you please ♪♪

♪♪ Took all the money and left for the trees ♪♪

Hey, Cable!

We come for that visit.


I don't think he's here.

No, I don't think he is.

You check inside.

Come on, get up here.

We'll drink all your water, Cable.

♪♪ We'll drink your well dry ♪♪

♪♪ Water goes good with a bottle of rye ♪♪




Just looky what we got here.







Here's another one.

What do you think?

Well, we found the copper.

Gold and silver gotta be next.

Hmm. Why in hell don't we just wait till he comes back?

Let him do the digging?

Suits me, boys.

You heard that.

Shut up!

Come on out!

With your hands up, fellas.

Think it over.

I got lots of time.

What's he doin'?

Well, I ain't gonna poke my head over the edge to find out.

Hogue, you know you ain't got no guts.

Why, last time you had a gun on us, you... You didn't use it.

Yeah. Now, of course, that's a fact.

You said I was yella.

Want to try your luck again?

He's bluffin'.

Is it, is it...

Sun's kind of hot, ain't it, fellas?

Course, you could enjoy it if you had plenty of water, and that's what I got...

Plenty of water.

Get over.

Right up there.

Right there.

I ain't runnin' this time, fellas.

Stayin' right here.

The gun!

Sooner or later, you gotta come out.

3 count, ready?






We got him!

He might still be alive.

Take a look.

You're sure?

Damn it, take a look!


Give me a boost.

Easy, and up we go.

Little higher, Taggart.

Get up there.

No. Just easy.


Put me down. Put me down, damn it!


We never touched him.

Where is he?

Well, why in the hell don't you take a look?

Now, what's he up to?

Oh! Oh!

Hey, Taggart!

Aah! Oh! Oh, my God!

Taggart, help me!


Hey, Taggart!

My God! Hey, Taggart!



Hey, Taggart!

Please help me, Taggart!

Please, Taggart!



Uhh! Uhh!

Uhh! Uhh!

Taggart, I'm leaving this place.

Not without me.

Hold up there, boys!

Now you can start takin' off your duds.

Get 'em off.

Keep your underwear. That's all.

And your boots.

Get 'em off!


Socks, too.



You're gonna head back out through them hills.

'Cause if I catch you on a road, I'm gonna kill you.

But there's no water.

And don't that sound familiar?

I ain't goin'.

You ain't got the guts, Hogue.

No. No... no.

No, Cable. No.


Hey, what's that?

Huh? What? That.

Oh, I seen one once before.

Out here? On them roads?

It can go anywhere.

Help! Help!

Help! He's gonna kill me!

Kill me!

Stop! Stop! Oh.

You damn, dumb, dumb bastards!

Horseless carriage.

Don't look that good to me.



Went right on by.


That's gonna be the next fella's worry.


I can't go it out there, Cable.

That right?

It wasn't my fault.

All I did was...

I'm sorry, Cable.

You know how it was with Taggart?

Yeah, I know.

Bury him.

Bury him.

♪♪ Butterfly mornin's ♪♪

♪♪ Butterfly mornin's ♪♪

♪♪ Butterfly mornin's and wild flower ♪♪

♪♪ Afternoons ♪♪

♪♪ Catch me there ♪♪

♪♪ Gonna get me there ♪♪

♪♪ If I have to climb all the mountains on the moon ♪♪

♪♪ I'll be in butterfly mornin's ♪♪

♪♪ Butterfly mornin's ♪♪

♪♪ Butterfly mornin's and wild flower ♪♪

♪♪ Afternoons ♪♪

He's under.


What else would you like me to do?

Whoa. Whoa, whoa, boy. Whoa, whoa.

What kind of a cockeyed schedule is this?

Ain't got no passengers, just 2 or 3 sacks of mail.

Well, it don't matter, really. I'm leavin.' leavin'?

You leavin' the desert?

It's a big world, fellas.

I wanna see some of it.

Next stop, San Francisco.

Are you serious?

So, you're really going in amongst 'em, huh, Hogue?

Shoot, that ain't like you.

Ain't it? You just watch me.

He means it.

You bet I mean it.

Now hold on. You just can't up and leave the station like this.

Well, what are we gonna do

'tween Dead Dog and Lizard?

Gentlemen, I'd like you to meet my former partner, Samuel D. Bowen.

Hey, get some clothes on.

Yes, sir.

Now, wait a minute.

You can't just leave some damn...

Samuel D. Bowen!

Runnin' around in his longjohns in charge here!

My God, what's that?

Ugly-lookin' damn thing, ain't it?

Kinda strange...

A-movin' all by itself.

I seen 2 before.

That there lady is Hildy.

Hi, Hogue.

The ladiest damn lady I ever saw.

I beg your pardon, sir.

Might I borrow a tank of water?

No. No, no, no. Mr. Cable Hogue don't let nobody borrow nothin.'

Hey, Cable?


How much water you think this thing will take?

Uh, 3, maybe 4 horses' worth?

Well, how the hell would I know?

You're in charge here, Bowen.

That'll be 5 horses' worth, and not a cent less.

Pull it up on the rise, help me fetch the water.

Get that damn thing outta here

'fore my team takes a notion to tromp the hell outta it.

Mmm, Hildy, you do look fine.

I, uh, guess you found one of those, uh, rich husbands you was always looking for.

Well, let's just put it this way, Hogue...

I ain't hurtin' no more.

I was just...

Headed for New Orleans.

I stopped by to check and see if maybe...

You was ready.

I'm ready.

You'd leave your desert, Hogue?

Hell, I've already gone, honey.

I'll go get ready.

I'll be back in a minute.

We got nothin' but time, Hogue.

Nothin' but time.

Hey, fellas, I'm headed for New Orleans in style!

By God, I wish I was going with you.


I seen 2 before.

I guess you need the water, huh?

For the steam, huh?

No, it burns gasoline.

Oh, yeah. Burns it, yeah.

Uh, did you hear that, Cable?

It... it burns gasoline.

Huh. Well, of course it does.

You know, maybe a fella could pick up some extra money selling that, too.

That gasoline.

Mister, uh, that will cost you 10 cents more.

Hey, Bowen!


Hogue, watch out!

Hold it.

Hold it.



Oh, my God, Hogue.

Son of a bitch kicks worse than a mule.

You hurt, Cable?

Yeah, I'm all right.

No, I'm not.

Oh, hell, Hogue, it's a long ways from your heart and on the wrong side.

Well, thanks, fellas. Much better out here.


Well, well, well, brother Hogue.

What's all this?

What in the hell is that?

Just a means of transportation.

Well, it sure is an ugly thing.

You don't look so good, Cable.

Are you in trouble?

No trouble, just dying. Last reckoning.

Well, it comes to us all. Prepare yourself, Cable.

Oh, shut up, Joshua.

It ain't so.

You'll be up and around in no time.



I wanna thank you for what you done.

And here I waited 3 years to get even with you.

I was gonna piss on your grave.

Well, boys, uh, when I go, just, uh, bury me where the sand's soft and the digging's easy.

Oh, hush, Cable. You're gonna be just fine.

Hildy, that man you was married to...

He died about a month back of a stroke in bed.

But he died happy.

I'll just bet he did.

As a matter of fact, uh, if you gents would be kind enough to move me inside, I'd, uh, kind of like to throw a little...

Oh, Cable Hogue!

Hang in there, Cable.

Brother Hogue, this is a time for deep and serious reflection, not of base and vile lust.

Josh, it's about time you earned your keep.

Preach me a funeral sermon.

Oh, for heaven's sake.

A good one.

Don't make me out no saint, but don't put me down too deep.

You mean now? Yeah.

It's not so much the dyin' that you hate, it's not knowin' what they're gonna say about you, that's all.

Now all my life, I've been scared of this livin'.


I gotta do the other.

Well, come on, now. I can't wait all day.

I ain't got any time.

Brethren! Bull's-eye!


We are gathered here...

in the sight of God and all his glory, to lay to rest...

Cable Hogue.

Amen to that.

Now most funeral orations, Lord, lie about a man...

Compare him to the angels... whitewash him with a really wide brush, but you know, Lord, and I know that it just is not true.

Hang in there, Preacher.

Now, a man is made out of bad as well as good, all of us.

Cable Hogue was born into this world.

Nobody knows when or where.

He came stumbling out of the wilderness like a prophet of old.

Sounds right. Is right.

Out of the barren wastes, he carved himself a one-man kingdom.

Well, I don't know about that.

Some said he was ruthless.

Who said that?

More than one, Hogue, but you could do worse, Lord.

Than to take to your bosom Cable Hogue.

He wasn't really a good man, he wasn't a bad man, but Lord, he was a man.

Amen to that.

He charged too much.

He was as stingy as they come.

Yes, he might have cheated, but he was square about it.

Rich or poor, he gouged them all the same.

When Cable Hogue died, there wasn't an animal in the desert he didn't know.

There wasn't a star in the firmament he hadn't named.

There wasn't a man he was afraid of.

Now the sand he fought and loved so long has covered him at last.

Now he is gone into the whole torrent of the years of the souls that passed, and never stop.

In some ways, he was your dim reflection, Lord, and right or wrong, I feel he is worth consideration.

But if you feel he is not, you should know that Hogue lived and died here in the desert, and I'm sure hell will never be too hot for him.

He never went to church...

He didn't need to.

The whole desert was his cathedral.

Hold up. I'm comin' in tonight.

Hogue loved the desert.

Loved it deeper than he'd ever say.

He built his empire, but was man enough to give it up for love when the time came.

Lord, as the day draws toward evening, this life grows to an end for us all.

We say adieu to our friend.

Take him, Lord...

But knowing Cable, I suggest you do not take him lightly.


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