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Frenchie King (1971)
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Outlaw sisters in the old West inherit a ranch and try to settle down and develop relationships with neighboring family of lots of brothers.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie Sarrazin
The Sheriff
Aunt Amelie
Marie-Ange Aniès ...
Georges Beller ...
Henri Czarniak ...
Doc. Miller (as Henry Czarniak)
Oscar Davis ...
Raoul Delfosse ...
Le Cornac
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Teresa Gimpera ...
Leroy Haynes ...
Valéry Inkijinoff ...
Spitting Bull (as Valery Inkijinoff)
Jacques Jouanneau ...
Emma Cohen ...


Outlaw sisters in the old West inherit a ranch and try to settle down and develop relationships with neighboring family of lots of brothers.

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The West Ain't No Place for a Man


Comedy | Western


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Release Date:

16 December 1971 (France)  »

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Frenchie King  »

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ESP 60,265,526 (Spain)

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Average and silly continental Western filmed in Spain , as usual , with two top-flight actresses
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Goofy and entertaining tongue-in-cheek European Western about bands of female outlaws led by two sexpots : B.B and C.C . Funny but mediocre film with tame action , struggles, and shootouts by the veteran Christian Jaque in frank decadence . The film starts with such a train robbery by Frenchie and his gang who actually are Marie Sarrazin (Claudia Cardinale showing cleavage and singing an enjoyable song ) and her four brothers disguised as men in black . Meantime , Louise (gorgeous Brigitte Bardot who also played a better Western : ¨Viva Maria¨ by Louis Malle) and her four sisters ( various Eurotrash girls as Teresa Gimpera , Emma Cohen and Patty Shepard) inherit from their parents a valuable propriety and decide to go the ranch for a while. There is oil on the lands and the neighboring rancher (Claudia Cardinale) wants to take them out. Later on , there takes places a series of disputes and fights between the two leaders in encounter the propriety . Meanwhile , a botcher sheriff (Michael J. Pollard ) meddles on the issues of the outlaws .

This is a muddle and regular Spanish-Italian-French co-production Western in Trinity and Bambino style with an appropriately goofy tone , customary issue in this sub-genre . The film has brief action, fun , brawls , light-weight comedy , cat-fight, shootouts and surprise-filled entertainment . The picture contains funny gun-play along with fist-fight very much in the Trinity's Terence Hill/Bud Spencer territory . The picture displays crazy characters with silly plot and some amusing moments here and there . It does eventually outstay its welcome, and there are a surprising amount of embarrassing fights and laughters . The pictures results to be a crossover between ¨Morris's brothers Dalton¨ , ¨Hill-Spencer¨ movies and ¨Seven brides for seven brothers ¨ , regarding the romantic pairing off of the four sisters and the four brothers . Michael J. Pollard -still recent his successful support role in Bonny and Clyde- steals the show with his gestures , faces and excesses as bungler marshal . It certainly has an enthusiastic cast , as there appears usual Spanish secondary actors as Antonio Casas , Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez , Chris Huerta , ApocalypJose Maria Caffarel , Luis Induni , Maria Vico, Miguel Del Castillo , Manuel Zarzo and several others. A really catching score musical with lively leitmotif by Christian Gaubert . Atmospheric cinematography filmed in Madrid surroundings , Manzanares Del Real and of course Almeria , desert of Tabernas , Spain . Silly screenplay with ridiculous situations written by the usual , also producer Eduardo Manzanos Brochero ( he produced several Western as ¨Apocalypse Joe , Danger Pass , Winchester one among thousand , Arrival Sartana , Djanjo the condemned ¨) . Good ambiance design and acceptable production design by Cubero and Galicia , both of whom created lots of sets in several Western filmed in the 60s and 70s. However , the photography is washed-out and for that reason is necessary an urgent remastering . This is a bewildering story , funny in some moment but falls flat and it will appeal to poor Spaghetti Western fans . It's a below average film , but still better than a lot of the ulterior spaghetti western comedies to come . If you enjoy to laugh at absurd movies , then this one is for you .

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