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The Daughters of Joshua Cabe (1972)

Due to a home-steading law, a fur trapper schemes to keep his land by hiring a hooker, a pickpocket, and a thief to pose as his family.


Philip Leacock


Paul Savage


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Buddy Ebsen ... Joshua Cabe
Karen Valentine ... Charity
Lesley Ann Warren ... Mae (as Lesley Warren)
Sandra Dee ... Ada
Don Stroud ... Blue Wetherall
Henry Jones ... Codge Collier
Jack Elam ... Bitterroot
Leif Erickson ... Amos Wetherall
Michael Anderson Jr. ... Cole Wetherall
Paul Koslo ... Deke Wetherall
Julie Mannix ... Sister Mary Robert
Ron Soble ... Arnie
William Katt ... Billy Jack (as Bill Katt)
Claudia Bryar ... Warden Tippet
Eve McVeagh Eve McVeagh ... Mother Superior


In Colton, Wyoming, Joshua Cabe and his lifelong pal and sidekick Bitterroot have worked their homestead together. Joshua's wife Martha had died in 1867 and their three grown daughters have since moved to St. Louis. Joshua Cabe controls the valley but his rival neighbor, Amos Wetherall had wanted for years to take control of the valley himself. A new homestead law takes Joshua by surprise. It opens the whole valley to any settler who can file a land claim by a due date. The law allows any settler to claim 2 sections for himself and 2 sections for any of his kin. Old timers have the right to pick their sections first. This is good news for Wetherall who has three sons on his land but it's bad news for Joshua whose daughters are away. In panic, Joshua travels to St. Louis to find his daughters and persuade them to return to Wyoming in order to help him file several land claims that would allow him to keep his valley homestead intact. However, one of his daughters is a nun working in a ... Written by nufs68

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A lusty, bawdy western comedy. See more »









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13 September 1972 (USA) See more »

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Las hijas de Joshua Cabe See more »

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Surprisingly good.
1 February 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The story begins in Wyoming back in the time of the old west. Joshua Cabe (Buddy Ebsen) learns that there's a change in the homestead law and he'll lose his land if he doesn't make a new claim. But, the law also says that each family member can make a claim and if he could get his daughters to file as well, he'd be able to keep his land. But there are two huge problems--he's estranged from his daughters and they have their own lives back East AND his neighbor is a slimy jerk with four slimy jerk sons...who all plan on filing a claim on HIS land! In desperation, he quickly takes a trip to St. Louis to recruit some 'daughters' who will agree to move West with him! He can't be picky and ends up with a prostitute (Leslie Ann Warren), a career criminal (Karen Valentine) and a pickpocket (Sandra Dee). Can this weird new family actually work? And, can they stand up against these ruthless neighbors?

The film certainly is odd and has some actresses playing against type--particularly Valentine and Dee who both played Gidget! And, it's also odd to see Ebsen in a western! But somehow it all works-- mostly because the movie is fun. It is NOT a comedy...and I think that would have worked poorly. Instead, it's a light drama...and a well written and enjoyable one. For a made for TV film, it's very good and actually manages to deliver a rather touching ending.

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