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Paint Your Wagon

Paint Your Wagon

Joshua Logan (1969)

153min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Alan Jay Lerner invented a new "adult" plot, quite unnecessarily, for this screen version of his own Broadway show, in which Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood share Jean Seberg in a ménage à trois. Joshua Logan directs with the heaviest of hands, and only Harve Presnell as Rotten Luck Willie emerges with credit, but then he does have all the best songs, although it was Marvin who topped the UK charts with Wandrin' Star. Clint uses his own singing voice charmingly, too, and there's some of the finest chorale work (directed by Roger Wagner) ever heard in a film musical. This overlong screen adaptation almost works, but not quite.

Summary

A gold prospector buys a wife from a Mormon and agrees to share her with his mining partner when she insists they all live together. Mindful that her presence in an all-male town might give rise to jealousy, he hijacks a stagecoach carrying six working girls and opens a brothel in town. Oscar-nominated musical Western, starring Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, with Jean Seberg and Harve Presnell.

Cast & Crew

Ben Rumson Lee Marvin
Pardner Clint Eastwood
Elizabeth Jean Seberg
Rotten Luck Willie Harve Presnell
Mad Jack Duncan Ray Walston
Horton Fenty Tom Ligon
Parson Alan Dexter
Horace Tabor William O'Connell
Haywood Holbrook Ben Baker
Mr Fenty Alan Baxter
Mrs Fenty Paula Trueman
Atwell Robert Easton
Foster Geoffrey Norman
Steve Bull H B Haggerty
Joe Mooney Terry Jenkins
Schermerhorn Karl Bruck
Jacob Woodling John Mitchum
Sarah Woodling Sue Casey
Higgins Harvey Parry
Wong HW Gim
Hennessey Roy Jenson
Indian Eddie Little Sky
Clendennon Pat Hawley
Frock-coated man William Mims
Director Joshua Logan
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service Ltd Guidance: Edited for language, and contains some violence. Available on: Available on video and DVD

Music Comedy Drama

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