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The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday (1976)

PG | | Comedy, Western | 23 June 1976 (USA)
Three prospectors confront their ex-partner who, 15 years earlier, ran off with all the gold from their mine and they also plan to kidnap his wife.

Director:

Don Taylor

Writer:

Richard Alan Shapiro (as Richard Shapiro)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lee Marvin ... Sam Longwood
Oliver Reed ... Joe Knox
Robert Culp ... Jack Colby
Elizabeth Ashley ... Nancy Sue
Strother Martin ... Billy
Sylvia Miles ... Mike
Kay Lenz ... Thursday
Howard Platt ... Vishniac
Jac Zacha Jac Zacha ... Trainer
Phaedra Phaedra ... Friday
Letícia Robles ... Saturday (as Leticia Robles)
Luz María Peña Luz María Peña ... Holidays (as Luz Maria Pena)
Erika Carlsson Erika Carlsson ... Monday (as Erika Carlson)
C.C. Charity C.C. Charity ... Tuesday
Ana Verdugo Ana Verdugo ... Wednesday
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Storyline

Sam Longwood, a frontiersman who has seen better days, spies the gold-mine partner, Jack Colby, who ran off with all the gold from a mine they were prospecting fifteen years earlier. He tells his other partners from that time, Joe Knox and Billy, and they confront Colby demanding not only the thousand dollars he took but an addition fifty-nine thousand for their trouble. After being thwarted in this attempt, they, and a would-be whore named Thursday, hatch a plan to kidnap Colby's wife, Nancy Sue, who is coincidently Sam's old flame, but find that Nancy Sue is not the sweet girl that Sam remembers. Written by The Poet <thepoet@mail2poet.com>

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They Weren't Forgotten By History...They Were Left Out On Purpose!

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wildcat See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lee Marvin and Oliver Reed had a drinking contest, which Reed won after ten hours when Marvin fell unconscious. See more »

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When Sam was chasing the wagon driven by Thursday, he falls down and his hat is missing. In the next scene, showing Thursday driving and Sam getting up in the background, his hat is on his head as he gets up. See more »

Quotes

Sam Longwood: Who says you're coming along? I can't be going around with no kid hanging after.
Thursday: You didn't think I was much of a kid last night.
Sam Longwood: I was cold last night. In the dark you felt a lot older. I felt a lot younger.
Thursday: Then close your eyes!
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Two Old Partners Settle Things
6 December 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Lee Marvin dusted off the rapscallion character he played in both Cat Ballou and Paint Your Wagon to star in The Great Scout&Cathouse Thursday. Marvin is the great scout at least by his lights and Cathouse Thursday is Kay Lenz.

It's 1908 and the scout's seen his best days gone by. But the sight of his old prospecting partner Robert Culp who is now running for governor of the state on a fortune that was started with the money that they prospected and Culp stole sends Marvin into action. Marvin contacts Oliver Reed and Strother Martin the other two partners and they formulate several plans for revenge.

The plan they eventually settle on is to kidnap Culp's wife Elizabeth Ashley who used to be with Marvin and hold her for ransom. Along in all of this is Lenz who is left over from a raid on a bordello she works at when Oliver Reed decides to keep her after he rescues the others. Lenz isn't crazy to go back there and be the special favorite of lesbian madam Sylvia Miles. In fact she comes in quite handy in dealing with Culp.

The Great Scout&Cathouse Thursday is a rollicking western with Marvin, Reed, and Martin all competing to see who can ham it up the most. I think Reed's scene in which he gets cured of the clap after being led down a garden path by Marvin is the best. Let's just say that Marvin was years ahead of his time in predicting the treatment.

The final fight scene between Marvin and Culp was borrowed from the John Wayne classic, McLintock. It still works in this film and provides a fitting climax.


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