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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.

Director:

Melvin Frank

Writers:

Melvin Frank (screenplay by), Barry Sandler (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Segal ... Charlie Malloy (Dirtwater Fox')
Goldie Hawn ... Amanda Quaid / Duchess Swansbury
Conrad Janis ... Gladstone (Widdicombe's assistant)
Thayer David ... Widdicombe (Mormon patriarch)
Jennifer Lee Pryor ... Trollop (as Jennifer Lee)
Sid Gould Sid Gould ... Rabbi
Pat Ast ... Music Hall Singer
E.J. André ... Prospector (as E.J. Andre)
Richard Farnsworth ... Stage Coach Driver (as Dick Farnsworth)
Clifford Turknett Clifford Turknett ... Mr. Weatherly (ticket agent)
Harlan Knudson Harlan Knudson ... Cooper
Jean Favre Jean Favre ... Drunk / Usher
Bill McLaughlin Bill McLaughlin ... Murdock
Richard Jamison Richard Jamison ... Waiter
Barbara Ulrich ... 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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Taglines:

It's GEORGE SEGAL and GOLDIE HAWN conning their way through the old west in a brisk and bawdy comedy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew | French | German

Release Date:

1 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El zorro y la duquesa See more »

Filming Locations:

Gilpin County, Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,590,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,000,000, 31 December 1976
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

About one hundred and fifty people were hired as extras and background artists for filming in Central City in Colorado, USA. See more »

Goofs

When Malloy falls off his horse and remounts, the remount is reverse footage of the fall as the people in the background are moving backwards. See more »

Quotes

Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy: You know something? A man has got to know what he wants in life. Ain't that right, Duchess?
Amanda Quaid/Duchess Swansbury: Sure, Charlie.
Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy: And a man has to fight for what he wants. Ain't that right?
Amanda Quaid/Duchess Swansbury: Sure, Charlie.
Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy: That's why I'm going back and get my money.
Amanda Quaid/Duchess Swansbury: What!
Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy: I stole it fair and square and nobody is going to take it away from me!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Fools Gold
Words by Sammy Cahn and Melvin Frank
Music by Charles Fox
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classic western comedy
17 August 2003 | by iago_isSee 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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