James Coburn plays a charming, roguish gambler in prolific television director William Graham‚??s comic western ‚??Waterhole # 3,‚?? a lightweight horse opera about a government gold robbery and the people who pursue the gold after the fact. Actually, nothing about this oater seems offensive, but women will probably abhor it primarily for one scene where the amoral Coburn character has his way with the heroine in a barn against her will. Mind you, the filmmakers acknowledge that what Coburn‚??s hero does constitutes rape, but Lewton Cole doesn‚??t share that sentiment. He contends that nothing but the girl‚??s pride was hurt. This shows you how times have changed in Hollywood specifically and movies in general. When ‚??Waterhole # 3 was made, the Europeans had appropriated the western genre as their own and lensed hundreds of westerns in Spain and Italy about amoral sidewinders who were always about a fortune in gold. ‚??Waterhole # 3‚?? looks like a softened up American version of those Spaghetti westerns. Ironically, Coburn turned down Sergio Leone when Leone asked him to star in ‚??Fistful of Dollars‚?? in 1964. Clint Eastwood rose to fame and fortune in that minor but major European sagebrusher, while Coburn stalled until 1971 when he made ‚??Duck, You Sucker‚?? for Leone. Unfortunately, ‚??Duck, You Sucker‚?? didn‚??t fare well at the American box office. In fact, this western pulled up so lame that United Artists re-released it with the title ‚??Fistful of Dynamite,‚?? but not even a title change could alter the lack of fortune for it. Coburn co-stars with rising character actor Carroll O‚??Connor who had not yet co-starred in the World War II yarn ‚??Kelly‚??s Heroes.‚?? Later, O‚??Connor would star in the controversial but entertaining seminal situation comedy ‚??All in the Family.‚?? Aside from being politically incorrect, ‚??Waterhole # 3‚?? ranks as an above-average western with fine performances by a cast that includes Claude Akins and Timothy Carrey, Bruce Dern, Margaret Blye, and James Whitmore. Alfred Hitchcock's long-time cinematographer Robert Burks, who lensed "North by Northwest" and "To Catch a Thief," presents the rugged west--the Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, California--in all its rugged splendor with his widescreen photography that adds a dimension of visual elegance to these sordid antics. Roger Miller takes the edge off the amorality with is folksy narration that he warbles with utter nonchalance.