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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)
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)
Pat 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)
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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)
 
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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
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Lee Marvin was set to star in The Wild Bunch (1969), a project that he helped put together with stuntman Roy N. Sickner, when Paramount offered him $1 million plus a percentage to star in this picture.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During "The Best Things In Life Are Dirty", Ben Rumson rides up on a cart full of sloppy mud. The three Irishmen, led by Mad Jack, are pulling the cart up on a block and tackle, with a heave-ho motion. The cart should rise a few inches at a time, to synch up with their motions. Instead, while they pull and rest, pull and rest, the cart rises out of the pit at a constant speed.See more »
Quotes:
Horton:[in a gambling hall/whorehouse] Pardon me, sir, could you lend me ten dollars?
Pardner:Why don't you go home and go to bed?
Horton:I was thinking of doing it the other way around.
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Soundtrack:
I'm On My WaySee more »

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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
"A Happily-Married ... Triple", 14 August 2000
Author: Michael Coy (michael.coy@virgin.net) from London, England

Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin - in a musical? Yes, and it works rather well.

No expense was spared by Paramount in assembling the behind-camera talent. Lerner and Loewe's successful stage show was beefed up by Andre Previn's compositions and Nelson Riddle's arrangements, and a script by Paddy Chayefsky. If Clint and Lee aren't exactly Mario Lanza and Tito Gobbi, they are good enough. Clint sings timidly but tunefully ("I Talk To The Trees", "Gold Fever") and Marvin's growly "Wandering Star" was a big chart success back in 1969. The songs are strong, the lyrics clever and the choreography slick and busy. At two and three-quarter hours, the film is rather too long, but it contains plenty of interesting things, including some excellent comedy.

No-Name Town is a rough and ready prospectors' settlement, one of many such ramshackle communities springing up during the California Gold Rush. Two very different men link up as partners and grow into inseperable friends. 'Pardner' (Eastwood) is a straight, solid farmer from the Mid West, while Ben Rumson (Marvin) is a hell-raising wildman from no place in particular. When a mormon auctions one of his wives (Elizabeth, played by Jean Seberg), Rumson buys her. Things get complicated when Pardner falls in love with Elizabeth, and she falls in love with .... er, both men.

Added interest is provided by the arrival of a bunch of French whores and a party of rescued wagon-trainers (this last was drawn from a true story).

Good things include a barnstorming performance from Marvin, radiating enormous personality and a real flair for comedy. His career flowered late, but he was at his best in the late sixties ("Point Blank", "Hell In The Pacific", and of course this one). Previn's musical interlude which introduces the Parson (Alan Dexter) is superb, leading into one of the film's best songs, "Here It Is". The comical discords of the musical passage are a joy in themselves, and they pave the way perfectly for the Parson, who is at odds with everybody. "Hand Me Down That Can Of Beans" is rendered by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, guesting in the movie. The boys obviously decided to stay on, because they crop up in various shots throughout the film. Mad Jack is played with manic zest and a peculiar British accent by Ray Walston, none other than TV's "My Favourite Martian".

The interminable gag of the collapsing tunnels stand as a metaphor of the film's shortcomings - over-elaborate, and over-long.

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