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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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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
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film's closing credits state: " "Special thanks to the Central City Opera House Association for permitting us to use the opera house in this picture; and special thanks to the people of Central City, Colorado, for their courtesy and cooperation in the filming of 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

Gladstone: Mormons never kill.
Duchess Swansbury: That's why there are so many of the little buggers.
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Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Lemon Drops, Lollipops and Sunbeams
Sung by: Bobby Vinton
Words by Sammy Cahn and Melvin Frank
Music by Charles Fox
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Good Fun!
30 September 2007 | by jim-watsonSee all my reviews

I first saw this film when I was about 10 & thought it was a great film. Saw that it had been recently released on DVD & decided to take a trip down memory lane to see if Goldie was as hot in the movie as I remembered......she was. The film starts off pretty funny & moves along at a good pace. Some good gags, some good dialogue & a bit of slapstick. But what I think lets the film down is the finale. It just peters out & is a bit of a damp squib.

George Segal & Goldie Hawn work well together & I'm surprised they didn't do anything else together. All in all an enjoyable little film...if only for Goldie Hawns dance routines.


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