The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1976)

PG  |   |  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:
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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Release Date:

1 April 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El zorro y la duquesa  »

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$4,590,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Gladstone: Mormons never kill.
Duchess Swansbury: That's why there are so many of the little buggers.
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »


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classic western comedy
17 August 2003 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

if you are a sucker for western romantic comedies...then none will please you more than this one. goldie hawn and george segal make a hilarious couple, fighting and sparing all the way to the love that awaits. good movie to watch with someone you love--pleases both the gals and the fellas.

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