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

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Director:
Writers:
Alan Jay Lerner (book)
Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 October 1969 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Stake Your Claim To The Musical Goldmine of '69! See more »
Plot:
Two unlikely prospector partners share the same wife in a California gold rush mining town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lee Marvin ... Ben Rumson

Clint Eastwood ... Pardner

Jean Seberg ... Elizabeth

Harve Presnell ... Rotten Luck Willie

Ray Walston ... Mad Jack Duncan

Tom Ligon ... Horton Fenty
Alan Dexter ... Parson
William O'Connell ... Horace Tabor
Benny Baker ... Haywood Holbrook (as Ben Baker)
Alan Baxter ... Mr. Fenty
Paula Trueman ... Mrs. Fenty

Robert Easton ... Atwell
Geoffrey Norman ... Foster

H.B. Haggerty ... Steve Bull
Terry Jenkins ... Joe Mooney
Karl Bruck ... Schermerhorn
John Mitchum ... Jacob Woodling
Sue Casey ... Sarah Woodling
Eddie Little Sky ... Indian
Harvey Parry ... Higgins
H.W. Gim ... Wong
William Mims ... Frock-coated man

Roy Jenson ... Hennessey
Patrick Hawley ... Clendennon (as Pat Hawley)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (as The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
Ralph Barr ... Member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (uncredited)

Cal Bartlett ... Miner (uncredited)
Joe Brooks ... Miner (uncredited)
Boyd Cabeen ... Miner (uncredited)
Tony Colti ... Miner (uncredited)
Danielle Cotet ... French Bawd (uncredited)
Chris Darrow ... Member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (uncredited)
Walt Davis ... Man (uncredited)
Dolores Domasin ... Princess Hummingbird (Parson's Wife) (uncredited)
Tony Epper ... Miner (uncredited)
Henry A. Escalante ... Miner (uncredited)
Jimmie Fadden ... Member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (uncredited)
George Fargo ... Miner (uncredited)

Richard Farnsworth ... Miner (uncredited)
Lee Faulkner ... Miner (uncredited)
Amber Flower ... Larua Sue Fenty (uncredited)
Barbara Gabrielle ... French Bawd (uncredited)
Tony Giorgio ... Card Player (uncredited)
James Goodnow ... Miner (uncredited)
Jeff Hanna ... Member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (uncredited)
Paul Harper ... Miner (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Miner (uncredited)
Roger Herren ... Miner (uncredited)
Robert S. Holman ... Zebulon (men's chorus) (uncredited)
Rena Horten ... French Bawd (uncredited)
John Hudkins ... Miner (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson ... Miner (uncredited)

Daniel Keough ... Pioneer (uncredited)
Nick Klar ... Miner (uncredited)
Walt La Rue ... Miner (uncredited)
Harry Lauter ... Peddler (uncredited)
Larry Martinelli ... Miner (uncredited)
Marina Maubert ... French Bawd (uncredited)

John McEuen ... Member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (uncredited)
John McKee ... Miner (uncredited)
Wayne McLaren ... Miner (uncredited)
Michele Montau ... French Bawd (uncredited)
Michael Donovan O'Donnell ... Miner (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti ... Miner (uncredited)
Edward Rickard ... Miner (uncredited)
Dar Robinson ... Miner (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Miner (uncredited)
Gabrielle Rossillon ... French Bawd (uncredited)
David Sharpe ... Miner (uncredited)
Jerome Sheldon ... Miner (uncredited)
Patricia Smith ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)
Murray Staff ... Miner (uncredited)

Lisa Todd ... American Bawd (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn ... Miner (uncredited)
Fred Waugh ... Miner (uncredited)
Jerry Whittington ... Gold Prospector (uncredited)
Jack Williams ... Miner (uncredited)
Jay S. York ... Miner (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen ... Miner (uncredited)

Directed by
Joshua Logan 
 
Writing credits
Alan Jay Lerner (book and lyrics by)

Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay)

Paddy Chayefsky (adaptation)

Produced by
Alan Jay Lerner .... producer
Tom Shaw .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
William A. Fraker (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert C. Jones 
 
Production Design by
John Truscott 
 
Art Direction by
Carl Braunger 
 
Set Decoration by
James L. Berkey  (as James I. Berkey)
 
Costume Design by
John Truscott 
 
Makeup Department
Frank McCoy .... makeup artist
Vivienne Walker .... hair stylist (as Vivian Zavitz)
Don Marando .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Jan Van Uchelen .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Carl Beringer .... production manager
Fred Lemoine .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Lemoine .... second unit director
Al Murphy .... first assistant director: second unit
Jack Roe .... first assistant director
Tom Shaw .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Robert Eaton .... property (as Bob Eaton)
Lloyd R. Apperson .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Irwin 'Eppy' Epstein .... drapery (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Fred Hynes .... stereophonic re-recording supervisor
William Randall .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Maurice Ayers .... special effects
Larry Hampton .... special effects
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Emile Avery .... stunts (uncredited)
Buff Brady .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd Cabeen .... stunt double (uncredited)
Ross Dollarhyde .... stunts (uncredited)
Patty Elder .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry A. Escalante .... stunts (uncredited)
Diamond Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Lee Faulkner .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Feazell .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Monty Jordan .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Walt La Rue .... stunts (uncredited)
Harrold Laswell .... stunts (uncredited)
Sharon Lucas .... stunts (uncredited)
Rod McGaughy .... stunts (uncredited)
Wayne McLaren .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Orsatti .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
Mary Statler .... stunts (uncredited)
Gibb Stepp .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt double (uncredited)
Fred Waugh .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bobby Byrne .... assistant camera (as Bob Byrne)
Loyal Griggs .... photographer: second unit
Tom May .... key grip
Joe Smith .... gaffer
Nelson Tyler .... aerial photographer
David M. Walsh .... camera operator (as David Walsh)
Dick Colean .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Richard Debolt .... camera & mechanical design (uncredited)
Wynn Hammer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Michael A. Jones .... electrician (uncredited)
David Macdonald .... grip (uncredited)
Jerry Whittington .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Jobe .... costume supervisor
Anne Laune .... costume coordinator
Haleen K. Holt .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Joseph J. Lilley .... choral arranger
Joseph J. Lilley .... music assistant to producers
Frederick Loewe .... music by
André Previn .... music: for additional songs by
Nelson Riddle .... conductor
Roger Wagner .... conductor: choral music
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist (uncredited)
Anita Gordon .... singing voice: Jean Seberg (uncredited)
Willard Jones .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Baker .... choreographer: "Gold Fever" and "Best Things"
Cheryl Crawford .... presented on the stage by
Joseph Curtis .... dialogue coach
Jonas Halperin .... assistant to producer
Gene Levy .... production coordinator
David Stone Martin .... title designer
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor (as Marshall Wolins)
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic material (re-rating) (2001)
Runtime:
158 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-8 | Netherlands:14 (1970) | Norway:16 | Peru:PT | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | USA:M (original rating) (Approved No. 22069) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) (2001) | West Germany:16
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Lee Marvin was apparently drunk nearly every day of filming.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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:
Pardner:[When Ben sees Pardner riding a horse with Elizabeth, he punches him to the ground, pulls a gun on him then threatens to tear him apart] Ben, what the hell's the matter with you?
Ben Rumson:What was the two of you doin' on the same horse?
Pardner:Ridin', what else would we be doin' on a horse? And it'd be the last place I'd...
Ben Rumson:Where was her horse?
Pardner:That was her horse.
Ben Rumson:[Pointing, voice cracking] And where, HAHA, was your horse?
Pardner:You... had my horse.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Clint Eastwood: Director (1982) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Million Miles Away Behind The DoorSee more »

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
"Gotta Dream Boy, Gotta A Song, Paint Your Wagon, And Come Along", 9 January 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Unfortunately Paint Your Wagon came at a time when big budget musicals were going out of vogue. The expenses of this film nearly bankrupted Paramount and it was many years before the studio recouped its investment. Another big Broadway hit from the same era, Finian's Rainbow also came to the big screen a few years earlier and bombed at the box office.

Paint Your Wagon ran 289 performances for the 1951-1952 season on Broadway. Daring in its time, Paint Your Wagon had an interracial love theme. That was too tame for the newly liberated silver screen from the Code and here we have a woman, Jean Seberg, marrying two gold miners, Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin. This might be the first story on screen about polyandry unless you count Noel Coward's Design for Living and that was a heavily censored version.

Listening to Lee Marvin it sounds like an eminently practical arrangement. Lee saves Clint Eastwood after a fall and nurses him back to health and he makes him a partner. Then he 'buys' at auction Jean Seberg who is the second wife of passing Mormon John Mitchum.

Since Clint's a partner in everything, sharing a wife seems a sensible arrangement. Lee's character Ben Rumson has some very interesting ideas on morality, especially morality out in the wilds. You'll have to see Paint Your Wagon to hear him explain his views.

Jean Seberg's voice is dubbed by Anita Gordon, but Eastwood and Marvin do their own numbers. For Marvin, he does it in the tradition of Rex Harrison and Richard Burton in those other Lerner and Loewe musicals and it comes off nicely. Clint Eastwood's many talents do not include singing however.

But as it turned out Paint Your Wagon needed all the help it could get at the box office. They could have cast a singer in Clint's part, but where was there on who could play the role, be the right age, and bring in the dollars. By 1969 there really was no such male singer in Hollywood. Probably in the fifties someone like Gordon MacRae or Howard Keel might have done it then.

The comedy is pretty raucous from Lee Marvin's original ideas on sex to the whole town caving in because of all the mine tunnels beneath. Paint Your Wagon holds up well and it's not as bad a film as has come down by reputation. It might be painful for Clint Eastwood fans to hear him sing though.

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