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The Ballad Of Cable Hogue | 1970

Sam Peckinpah followed up The Wild Bunch with this slow, eccentric, likeable and gentle Western.

The film’s base was at Echo Bay, 53 miles northeast of Las Vegas near to Lake Mead, but the film’s actual location is the Valley of Fire State Park, a few miles to the north, off I-15. Hogue’s castle was a real hotel bought and transported, complete with its original furniture, from Bishop, just over the border in Central California.

You can see more of the fanatastic Valley of Fire as the planet ‘Viridian 3’ in Star Trek: Generations.

The interiors were filmed at Apacheland Studios, a Western movie town at Gold Canyon, east of Phoenix, Arizona. Unfortunately, the ranch was destroyed by fire in 2004.