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The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1976)

PG | | Comedy, Western | 1 April 1976 (USA)
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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Josiah Widdicombe (Mormon patriarch)
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Trollop (as Jennifer Lee)
Sid Gould ...
Rabbi
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Music Hall Singer
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Prospector (as E.J. Andre)
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Stagecoach driver (as Dick Farnsworth)
Clifford Turknett ...
Mr. Weatherly (ticket agent)
Harlan Knudson ...
Cooper
Jean Favre ...
Drunk / Usher
Bill McLaughlin ...
Murdock
Richard Jamison ...
Waiter
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Maisie
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Western

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1 April 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El zorro y la duquesa  »

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Budget:

$4,590,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,000,000, 31 December 1976
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1.33 : 1
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The film's title logo formed a fox's tail out of the bottom right serif of the letter 'x' in the word 'fox', the final word in the film's "The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox" title. See more »

Goofs

The film's raunchy language may have been toned down in post-production to prevent an R rating. After the stagecoach crashes, Goldie Hawn has two lines ("I had to look like a *blue-nosed* duchess" and "It's still there in the *lousy* bottom") neither of which match up with her lip movements. See more »

Quotes

Gladstone: Mormons never kill.
Duchess Swansbury: That's why there are so many of the little buggers.
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Lemondrops, Lollipops & Sunbeams
Performed by Bobby Vinton
Written by Sammy Cahn, Melvin Frank & Charles Fox
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A Romp!
22 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Although the music may be a little dated now, I believe any fun-minded viewer will find this offering to be a thoroughly enjoyable romp.

George Segal and Goldie Hawn are at their best and deliver one delightful comic situation after another, much like, and in my opinion, better than, Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster in the also enjoyable but more recent "Maverick." I wouldn't be surprised if Mel and Jodie, not to mention the "Maverick" producers, wisely drew on this film for inspiration as the chemistry is interchangeable between the two movies.

One of many moments not to be forgotten is in the excellent turn of Conrad Janis as the blissfully unaware mark or the sidesplitting pig-Latin (pig-German?) argument Hawn and Segal develop in his presence.

I would very much like to see this film again and so will you.


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