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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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Cast

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Amanda Quaid / Duchess Swansbury
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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 aent)
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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He starts out as a simple card-sharp...and ends up with $40,000, three bullet holes, and the only saloon-dancing Duchess in the West! See more »

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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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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The nick-names of the lead female character played by Goldie Hawn) were "Bluebird" and "The Duchess of Swansbury". Hawn's character's real name is "Amanda Quaid" in the end credits, yet this name is never spoken at all during the film. See more »

Goofs

"Hava Nagila" is sung and danced at the Horowitz' wedding. This song would not be composed until the 1920s, years after this film is set. See more »

Quotes

Amanda Quaid/Duchess Swansbury: You just shot a man, Malloy!
Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy: No shit!
Amanda Quaid/Duchess Swansbury: How many men have you shot dead in your life?
Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy: Including this one?
Amanda Quaid/Duchess Swansbury: Yeah.
Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy: One.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Human Duplicators (1992) See more »

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Fools Gold
Written by Sammy Cahn, Melvin 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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