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Dirty Dingus Magee (1970)

Dingus Magee and his old rival Hoke Birdsill take turns at being either lawman or outlaw and being rivals or partners in crime, depending of the circumstances.

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Cast

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Dingus Billy Magee
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Herkimer 'Hoke' Birdsill
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Belle Nops
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Prudence Frost
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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
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China Poppy (as Marya Christen)
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Sergeant
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Ira Teasdale
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Trooper
Mina Martinez ...
A Belle Girl
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Storyline

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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11 February 1971 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Dirty Dingus, der scharfe Bandit  »

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2.35 : 1
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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

In several shots during the cavalry troop scene, Anna is replaced by an obvious stunt double wearing skin-colored tights, including when Dingus and Anna run their horses into the wagon 'half-moon', and when driving the gunpowder wagon away from the cavalry. See more »

Quotes

Chief Crazy Blanket: You like daughter?
Dingus Billy Magee: Ah, yeah.
Chief Crazy Blanket: Me like gun. We make trade. I take gun. You take daughter. Marry.
Dingus Billy Magee: Oh, well, ah, sir, she's a mighty nice girl and I like her a lot, but that's a fine looking rifle there.
Chief Crazy Blanket: Me keep rifle! You take daughter! Go honeymoon. Crazy Blanket has spoken!
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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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