The Sons of Katie Elder

The Sons of Katie Elder

Henry Hathaway (1965)

U Certificate


Our Score
This terrific Hal Wallis Paramount western contains a wonderful score from Elmer Bernstein (The Magnificent Seven) that accompanies the action as brothers John Wayne and Dean Martin (reunited after Rio Bravo), along with Earl Holliman and Michael Anderson Jr, ride out to avenge the death of their father. It's stirring stuff, beautifully photographed, with a fine supporting cast headed by Martha Hyer (she married Wallis the following year), who dignifies the movie by making a heartfelt speech about matriarchal virtue, addressed to the late Katie Elder's empty chair. Director Henry Hathaway and the Duke would team again for the Oscar-winning True Grit.


Four brothers are reunited at their mother's funeral and discover their father was swindled out of his farm and subsequently murdered. However, as they set about avenging his death and reclaiming his land, a crook frames them for killing the sheriff. Western, starring John Wayne, Dean Martin, Earl Holliman, Michael Anderson Jr, James Gregory, George Kennedy and Dennis Hopper.

Cast & Crew

John Elder John Wayne
Tom Elder Dean Martin
Bud Elder Michael Anderson Jr
Matt Elder Earl Holliman
Mary Gordon Martha Hyer
Curley George Kennedy
Dave Hastings Dennis Hopper
Morgan Hastings James Gregory
Sheriff Billy Wilson Paul Fix
Deputy Sheriff Ben Latta Jeremy Slate
Jeb Ross Strother Martin
Charlie Biller John Qualen
Minister John Litel
Director Henry Hathaway
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service LtdAvailable on: video and DVD