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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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Did You Know?


The nickname of Charles Malloy (George Segal) was "The Dirtwater Fox". 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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confused mess
20 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A half-decade after "Laugh-In" and a half-decade before "Private Benjamin," Goldie Hawn reveals that she not only has beautiful thighs (which the director takes very opportunity to remind us) but that she can act. Hawn herself takes every opportunity to develop a well-rounded character given a script that doesn't invite it - she exhibits a wide range of responses that the director doesn't really ask of any other actor.

Otherwise, the film is a confused mess. Beautiful location photography, and not much else. The story-line is a real jumble. If I cared about the characters I might have invested more in following it, but there's no reason to care about these lowlives, they have no direction and no motivation beyond greed.

At one point George Segal squeezes Hawn's breasts publicly and exclaims 'honk honk!" First, this is anachronistic (it references automobile horns not yet in use in the movie's culture), second, it is degrading, and third - most importantly - it is not funny. It needs a "topper," some remark that would give it comedic relevance. Director Frank's attempt at a topper is for Segal to repeat the line twice. I am not amused.

A botched job, only interesting for Hawn fans.

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