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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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Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$4,590,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,000,000, 31 December 1976
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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

The film has been described as being "a burlesque amalgam of McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)". See more »

Goofs

"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 »

Quotes

Amanda Quaid/Duchess Swansbury: You just shot a man, Malloy!
Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy: No shit!
Amanda Quaid/Duchess Swansbury: How many men have you shot dead in your life?
Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy: Including this one?
Amanda Quaid/Duchess Swansbury: Yeah.
Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy: One.
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Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Fools Gold
Words by Sammy Cahn and Melvin Frank
Music by Charles Fox
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Goldie cute, not much else
13 September 2005 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

Supposedly a Western, romantic-comedy, this film fails on most levels. Oh, it's not that it's that bad. It's not terrible. It's even mildly amusing in spots. But it had a great deal of promise, and didn't fulfill any of it. George Segal was trying to come off as the lovable rogue, but succeeded only in the rogue part. His character was crooked and churlish. Goldie Hawn did what she did (and still does) best: peg the needle on the cute-o-meter. Her character was pretty non-admirable as well, a prostitute and a con artist. At least the photography of the Colorado countryside was nice, and the direction was unobtrusive. I remember liking this film in the distant past, but a recent viewing made me wonder why. Check it out to see Goldie look cute, but don't expect anything more.


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