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Dirty Dingus Magee (1970)

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Ass-breaker Dingus Magee is looking for a gold train when he comes upon old acquaintance Hoke Birdsill on stage to San Francisco, and robs him of his money. Hoke goes to the nearby town of ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dingus Billy Magee
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Herkimer 'Hoke' Birdsill
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Belle Nops (mayor of Yerkey's Hole)
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Prudence Frost (schoolteacher)
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Anna Hot Water
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Brig. Gen. George
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Rev. Green
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Charles Stuart
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Crazy Blanket (Anna's father)
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China Poppy (Belle's maid) (as Marya Christen)
Terry Wilson ...
Sergeant
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Ira Teasdale
Tom Fadden ...
Trooper
Mina Martinez ...
Belle's girl
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Ass-breaker Dingus Magee is looking for a gold train when he comes upon old acquaintance Hoke Birdsill on stage to San Francisco, and robs him of his money. Hoke goes to the nearby town of Yerkey's Hole, where Belle Knops is both mayor and bordello-mistress. She appoints Hoke Town Sheriff and tries to get him to stir up the Indians so the soldiers at the nearby fort (the main customers) won't go to Little Big Horn. Dingus tries to stir up more trouble and get involved with the pale, baby-talking Indian, Anna. The film is a send-up of the oft-repeated phrase "the Code of the West" and exaggerates it and what it stands for into the ridiculousness that it is. Written by Scott Andrew Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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Sinatra plays cowboys and indians for adults! See more »

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Comedy | Western

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Rated PG-13 for some bawdy humor | See all certifications »
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11 February 1971 (Netherlands)  »

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Duelo de pillos  »

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Trivia

Dingus Billy Magee was written as a 19-year-old, and had to be re-written to accommodate Frank Sinatra's casting. See more »

Goofs

When Sheriff Birdsill (George Kennedy) drops his cigar near the gunpowder, it flares up about a foot away from the cigar and then burns toward it. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant: Indians, sir!
Brig. Gen. George: My God, we're in luck. We will make our stand here, Sergeant!
Sergeant: Yes sir!
Brig. Gen. George: Circle the wagons!
Sergeant: We ain't got enough, sir.
Brig. Gen. George: Well, then make a half moon!
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Viva Ned Flanders (1999) See more »

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Dirty Dingus Magee
Written by Mack David
Performed by The Mike Curb Congregation
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Old Blue Eyes As The Road Runner
15 May 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Burt Kennedy who gave us so many good westerns spoofs comes up a wee bit short of good with Dirty Dingus Magee. Not that it doesn't have a few funny moments, but the cast just doesn't quite get with the spirit of the things the way they did in such films as The Rounders and Support Your Local Sheriff.

For one thing Frank Sinatra looks like he's waiting for Dino and Sammy to come on the scene. Old Blue Eyes in the meanwhile is just going through the motions of a performance. Which consists of him acting just like a human version of the Road Runner.

Wile E. Coyote in this case is George Kennedy who never played such a goofy role on screen before or since. Sinatra spends the entire 91 minutes of Dirty Dingus Magee consistently making a fool out of poor Kennedy.

Best performances in the film belong to the women, to Anne Jackson for one of the brassiest bordello madams ever done on screen and to Lois Nettleton as the nymphomaniac school teacher, Prudence Frost. Yes, the name is part of the gag.

But when that gag becomes the best one in the film, you've got a problem.


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