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The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1976)

 -  Comedy | Western  -  1 April 1976 (USA)
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A female hustler is chasing after rich men, but becomes repeatedly mixed up with a suave con man and card shark through a series of misadventures before falling in love with him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy
Amanda Quaid / Duchess Swansbury
Josiah Widdicombe (Mormon patriarch)
Sid Gould ...
Pat Ast ...
Music hall singer
E.J. André ...
Prospector (as E.J. Andre)
Stagecoach driver (as Dick Farnsworth)
Clifford Turknett ...
Mr. Weatherly (ticket aent)
Harlan Knudson ...
Jean Favre ...
Drunk / Usher
Bill McLaughlin ...
Richard Jamison ...
Barbara Ulrich ...


It's 1882 on the Barbary Coast. Charlie Malloy aka the Dirtwater Fox, makes his living cheating at cards. His latest venture however is stealing $40,000 from a bunch of outlaws. Bluebird, a saloon performer and prostitute, wants an easy life. When a Mormon, Josiah Widdicombe, comes to town, Bluebird has the idea that being the seventh wife of a Mormon would be a good life - she only has to work once every seven days. She steals Malloy's bag with the money, unaware of the amount inside. She only wants enough to buy a dress to masquerade as a duchess for Widdicombe. The ruse works. On Bluebird's way to Salt Lake City, Malloy catches up with her. Although Bluebird still has every intention of becoming a Mormon wife, the two decide to partner on the scheme of Mormon riches. All the while, the outlaws are on their tail after their $40,000. Written by Huggo

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Once upon a time, If the rustlers didn't get you, the hustlers did.


Comedy | Western


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1 April 1976 (USA)  »

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The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox  »

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Many of the movie posters featured a preamble that read: "A card up his sleeve. A noose around his neck. It's George Segal as The Dirtwater Fox. A wiggle in her hips. Larceny in her heart of gold. It's Goldie Hawn as the Duchess. Together, they'll show you how the West was FUN!" See more »


When Amanda (Goldie Hawn) walks out of the saloon into the streets of the town you can see modern houses all along the hills. See more »


Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy: I'm not crazy about our odds, Duchess, but I like the company!
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »


Fools Gold
Written by Sammy Cahn, Mel Frank & Charles Fox
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Full of fun and of joie d'vivre.
2 April 2001 | by (Johannesburg, South Africa) – See all my reviews

This is a rather naughty little film, with a lot of Goldie Hawn on view at times. It is however done with such a lovely sense of fun and mischief that my kids and I watched it many times with great enjoyment.

Goldie sings some fun songs - including one about fruit, naughty fruit - and goes adventuring across the Old West in the company - at times - of the handsome and talented George Segal. [My favourite GS film, this one!] There are some sidesplitting scenes - for both audience and Goldie's clothes - and there is a very well-trained horse.

Best of all is the running gag! - How many times did you....? - Including this time? Once!

I use it all the time!!!

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