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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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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:

"The most likeable pair of rogues I've met since Butch and Sundance" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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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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Budget:

$4,590,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Melvin Frank had planned to re-team again his A Touch of Class (1973) co-stars George Segal and Glenda Jackson for this picture. 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: Here it is... Virginia City, my kind of town.
Amanda Quaid/Duchess Swansbury: What constitutes your kind of town?
Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy: Any place I can get rid of you!
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Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Please Don't Touch My Plums
Words by Sammy Cahn and Melvin Frank
Music by Charles Fox
Performed by Goldie Hawn (uncredited)
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Fairly good.
10 June 2005 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

"The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox" is a fairly good film. It's a cross between classic Hollywood and the then more contemporary comedy stylings that were coming into vogue in the late 60s and 70s. That is to say the humor is blue, and less suggestive than it is explicit, yet at the same time very smart. And perhaps because of this the film's tone is probably a little misunderstood.

Even though the film was shot widescreen there's a definite TV budget feel about it. There's more coverage than can be expected from a made for TV film, but the shots themselves are typically those used in non-theatrical productions, giving the film a kind of uneven feel.

For what the film is the humor is pretty sophisticated, which I think has some of the other commentators (specifically those who gave negative reviews) a bit confused. For a comedy that opens with a dance hall scene laden with sexual innuendo one might not expect the gags to be as sophisticated as they are. A viewer might get the impression that the humor will be blue, but not just blue, but explicitly blue. But that's not the case here. The humor, though suggestive and occasionally profane, is actually pretty smart, and on that score is actually quite funny. Now, if you can accept all that, and like your humor with lots of wit, then this film should entertain. In short the humor is smarter than one would expect. You have to approach watching this film with kind of mindset to really enjoy it :-)

If I had one gripe with the film it'd be the ending. As climatic as it was it felt a little flat and open ended. It's also a bit implausible, even for a comedy, but a film like this really needs a happy ending... of sorts. On that score the ending should've been a little more plausible, but it is what it is.

If you like your films smart, then try not to be too swayed by the negative comments, and give the film a chance by renting it once. It's not a film that has a lot of big sight-gags, but there's enough here that should entertain.

Enjoy :-)


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