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Paint Your Wagon (1969)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 15 October 1969 (USA)
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Two unlikely prospector partners share the same wife in a California gold rush mining town.

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Joshua Logan

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Alan Jay Lerner (book), Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Marvin ... Ben Rumson
Clint Eastwood ... Pardner
Jean Seberg ... Elizabeth
Harve Presnell ... Rotten Luck Willie
Ray Walston ... Mad Jack Duncan
Tom Ligon ... Horton Fenty
Alan Dexter ... Parson
William O'Connell ... Horace Tabor
Benny Baker ... Haywood Holbrook (as Ben Baker)
Alan Baxter ... Mr. Fenty
Paula Trueman ... Mrs. Fenty
Robert Easton ... Atwell
Geoffrey Norman Geoffrey Norman ... Foster
H.B. Haggerty ... Steve Bull
Terry Jenkins Terry Jenkins ... Joe Mooney
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Storyline

A Michigan farmer and a prospector form a partnership in the California gold country. Their adventures include buying and sharing a wife, hijacking a stage, kidnaping six prostitutes, and turning their mining camp into a boomtown. Along the way there is plenty of drinking, gambling, and singing. They even find time to do some creative gold mining. Written by David J. Kiseleski <davidk269@aol.com>

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Stake Your Claim To The Musical Goldmine of '69! See more »


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Rated PG-13 for thematic material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La leyenda de la ciudad sin nombre See more »

Filming Locations:

Baker, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$14,500,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,500,000
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bing Crosby was the first choice for the Ben Rumson part. See more »

Goofs

When introducing Horton to the cat house, Ben Rumson knocks on the door to the tune of Shave and a Haircut, which wasn't written until at least 1899, and popularized in the 1900s. See more »

Quotes

Pardner: What happens when you get in a fight?
Rumson: Well, if four of anything come at me at one time, you might lend a fist. Up until that I can pretty well take care of myself.
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Alternate Versions

On its release to what were then called "neighborhood theatres" (i.e. theatres which showed films that had ended their first runs downtown), the film's running time was shortened by having three songs eliminated, "I Still See Elisa", "The First Thing You Know", and "Gold Fever". This left both Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood with only one solo song each. The film was restored to its original length for its first television showing, and has remained that way ever since. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who's the Boss?: Paint Your Wagon (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Whoop-Ti-Ay!
(Shivaree)
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Music by Frederick Loewe
Sung by Ray Walston, Patrick Hawley, Geoffrey Norman & The Chorus
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Music, Polygamy, and Gold
16 July 2017 | by brandinscottlindseySee all my reviews

Paint Your Wagon is a 1969 musical/western/comedy. The story follows Pardner, a man searching for a living, played by Clint Eastwood. Pardner soon becomes indebted to an alcoholic panhandler named Ben Rumson, when Ben saves Pardner's life after a severe carriage accident. The mining camp that Ben and Pardner are working in is inhabited by four hundred men, and not a single woman. This leads to a Mormon man with two wives coming to town and all hell breaking loose, as one of the wives is auctioned off to the miners. Now that one of the miners has a wife, antics ensue as all the problems one could imagine arising from this situation occur: jealousy, fighting, and distrust.

Paint Your Wagon is an enjoyable movie and manages to entertain throughout the lengthy run time. Many of the songs displayed throughout the film are highly memorable and all of the cast did a fantastic job in their roles. Many of the jokes are still hilarious, even forty years later. There are also some funny twists throughout the story. These plot choices are interesting, but they're fun and they work.

Some of the best parts of the film are also the same things that bring the film down at times. While the comedy is great, some of the slapstick humor is dated and pratfalls are simply no longer entertaining. This film also displays the obnoxious form of intoxication. You know what I'm talking about, crossed eyes and tongue hanging out. This is common in older films, but it always stands out as irritating. It's as if the actors were taught how to act drunk by Bugs Bunny. Another point that is great about the film is the music, but there are some songs that don't quite fit. For example, the men of the camp speak of the loneliness and the rain that seems to put a depressing pall on everyone. Out of nowhere, one of the characters adds that the wind is bad too, despite the fact that there is no wind. This leads to a song about the wind, and even during the song there is no wind. This is an example of a song that needed to go somewhere and was clumsily added to the story.

Despite these complaints, Paint Your Wagon is still very entertaining. Even those who are not fond of musicals will find plenty to enjoy in this film, not to mention this is a great movie for Eastwood fans.


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