Cinema: Stolen Goods

Recently, comic westerns have assumed that Cat Ballon had nine lives. Waterhole #3 offers ample evidence that it did not. This latest imitative incarnation lacks Lee Marvin and much else besides. An arguably lovable villain (James Coburn) plugs an enemy with a long-distance rifle, then takes from the corpse a map indicating a cache of glommed Government gold. Before setting out on the treasure hunt, he finds time to rape the local sheriff's daughter. When confronted by the indignant father, he claims roguishly that the murder was self-defense, the rape merely "assault with...

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