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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)  »

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La leyenda de la ciudad sin nombre  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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This was the only film produced by Alan Jay Lerner. See more »

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While working in the "mine", Ben Rumson can clearly be seen wearing a carbide lamp. Carbide lamps were not developed until 1892, but the movie is set in 1849. See more »

Quotes

Ben Rumson: Grace, I give you the boy. Give me back the man.
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Referenced in The Muppet Show: Judy Collins (1978) See more »

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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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Beautiful
26 November 2003 | by (KCMO) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS, IF ANYONE CARES****

And I HATE musicals!

This film falls in with 'Little Shop of Horrors' and 'The Blues Brothers' in the very short list of musicals I really love.

It's Lee Marvin who makes the film. You could have replaced Eastwood or Seberg with almost any other actor or actress; it's Marvin's performance as Ben Rumson that brings this movie to life. All the way through, his facial expressions communicate volumes about his character

  • for a quick instance, watch his eyes as he prepares to eulogize


Pardner's dead brother in an early scene.

Anyone else could have played Pardner or Elizabeth and done as good a job, but Lee Marvin gave us a Ben Rumson that I don't think anyone could equal. He does more just by his looks and body comedy than could be expected.

If you disagree, please go back and watch what I think is his best scene: Rumson trying to walk nonchalantly away from No Name City as it sinks into the collapsing tunnels he built under it.

A fantastic film. It's only average, if you don't have the capacity to fast-forward through Eastwood's and Seberg's songs.


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