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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.


Melvin Frank


Melvin Frank (screenplay), Barry Sandler (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
George Segal ... Charlie Malloy
Goldie Hawn ... Amanda Quaid
Conrad Janis ... Gladstone
Thayer David ... Widdicombe
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 ... 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


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


Comedy | Western


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Did You Know?


The names of the actors and their characters (in parentheses) who were members of "The Bloodworth Gang" were: Bob Hoy (Ingersoll), Walter Scott (Graves), Jerry Gatlin (Stein), and Bennie E. Dobbins (Murphy), and gang leader Roy Jenson (Bloodworth). See more »


"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 »


Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy: I think we're safe.
Amanda Quaid/Duchess Swansbury: You thought taking the money was going to be a cinch, too.
Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy: Taking the money was a cinch. It's keeping it that's getting to be a pain in the ass!
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Featured in It'll Be Alright on the Night (1977) See more »


Fools Gold
Words by Sammy Cahn and Melvin Frank
Music by Charles Fox
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Full of fun and of joie d'vivre.
2 April 2001 | by dragonettezaSee all my reviews

This is a rather naughty little film, with a lot of Goldie Hawn on view at times. It is however done with such a lovely sense of fun and mischief that my kids and I watched it many times with great enjoyment.

Goldie sings some fun songs - including one about fruit, naughty fruit - and goes adventuring across the Old West in the company - at times - of the handsome and talented George Segal. [My favourite GS film, this one!] There are some sidesplitting scenes - for both audience and Goldie's clothes - and there is a very well-trained horse.

Best of all is the running gag! - How many times did you....? - Including this time? Once!

I use it all the time!!!

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Release Date:

1 April 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox See more »

Filming Locations:

Gilpin County, Colorado, USA See more »


Box Office


$4,590,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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