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Paint Your Wagon (1969)

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Two unlikely prospector partners share the same wife in a California gold rush mining town.

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A Michigan farmer and a prospector form a partnership in the California gold country. Their adventures include buying and sharing a wife, hijacking a stage, kidnaping six prostitutes, and turning their mining camp into a boomtown. Along the way there is plenty of drinking, gambling, and singing. They even find time to do some creative gold mining. Written by David J. Kiseleski <davidk269@aol.com>

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material | See all certifications »
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15 October 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La leyenda de la ciudad sin nombre  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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After five months of filming and ever-escalating budgetary and production problems, the studio fired director Joshua Logan and had assistant director Tom Shaw complete the film, without credit. See more »

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After Rumson buys Elizabeth he is seen being shaved except for the mustache. Later in the same day, after they get married, Rumson has full side-burns connected to his mustache. See more »

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Ben Rumson: Now, don't tell me you've never been with a woman.
Horton: No, sir I haven't.
Ben Rumson: Well, that, that's terrible! Did you know you could go blind?
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I'm On My Way
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Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
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A Nicely Naturalistic Musical
8 June 2004 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Joshua Logan's screen version of "Paint your wagon" works a treat, perhaps because the original stage version is so little known and apparently has been given something of a make-over by screen writer Paddy Chayefsky. The fact that the leads (Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood and Jean Seberg) can't sing matters not a jot; they perform with charisma, (even Seberg is less wan than usual) and bring a touch of realism to the proceedings, their songs seeming to evolve naturally from the action. Other singing duties are performed by the splendid Harve Presnell and a rousing, mostly male, chorus for this is a musical western of a more robust kind than "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers". It's plot, which concerns mining for gold, polygamy and the building of a town, fairly races along. Logan handles the whole thing with great aplomb and brings to it some nice, naturalistic touches sadly lacking from his earlier musicals, "South Pacific" and "Camelot". Most critics didn't warm to it, though and it remains largely under-valued.


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