The Frisco Kid (1979) Poster


The opening credits are still being shown at the 16-minute mark.
"The Frisco Kid" wasn't the first time this title was used. There was another western made in 1935, Frisco Kid (1935), but this film was not a remake of that one.
The movie traded on Gene Wilder's western-comedy screen persona from the earlier spoof western hit movie Blazing Saddles (1974) which had been made and released about five years earlier. It also did this a year later in Stir Crazy (1980) by making Wilder a hero at riding a rodeo mechanical bull even labeling Wilder at one point an "Urban Cowboy".
Not the first western for Harrison Ford. Ford appeared in westerns when he was unknown in television and in such films as Journey to Shiloh (1968) and A Time for Killing (1967). However, The Frisco Kid (1979) would be Ford's last western until Cowboys & Aliens (2011).
In his autobiography, Gene Wilder says that John Wayne was offered the part that was eventually played by Harrison Ford. Wayne loved the role and was eager to work with Wilder. However, an agent tried to offer Wayne less than his usual fee and the legendary actor turned the film down. This may be true, but it is actually unlikely. By 1979 Wayne was too ill with stomach cancer to consider film work, and in fact he died later that year from the disease.
One of five movies in which Gene Wilder plays a man wrongly accused of committing a crime. The films include Silver Streak (1976), The Frisco Kid (1979), Stir Crazy (1980), Hanky Panky (1982), and See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989).
One of a number of Hollywood westerns that were a flop at the box-office during the late 1970s / early 1980s. Others included Barbarosa (1982), The Mountain Men (1980), The Villain (1979), Goin' South (1978), Hard Country (1981), The Frisco Kid (1979), Cattle Annie and Little Britches (1981), and The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981).
Final film of veteran character actor Henry Rowland.
Noticeable in the trailer for this Warner Brothers movie was the use of footage of Gene Wilder from Wilder's earlier films such as Warner Bros' Blazing Saddles (1974) but also ones from Wilder's other studio pictures from 20th Century Fox, Silver Streak (1976) and Young Frankenstein (1974).
Sixth and final western directed by Robert Aldrich. Aldrich's earlier oaters were Apache (1954), Vera Cruz (1954), 4 for Texas (1963), Ulzana's Raid (1972) and The Last Sunset (1961).
Penultimate film directed by Robert Aldrich. ...All the Marbles (1981) would be his last two years later.
Gene Wilder sports a beard in this movie.
One of two western comedies released in 1979. The other was The Villain (1979).
The film's opening title card reads "(Poland 1850)".

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