The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1976) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1976)




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Melvin Frank's burlesque amalgam of McCabe and Mrs. Miller and Wagonmaster teams George Segal and Goldie Hawn as Charlie Malloy, a happy-go-lucky card shark, and Amanda Quaid, an ingratiating dance hall hooker, who want to go to Salt Lake City. Pursued by a gang of outlaws, Charlie and Amanda join up with a wagon train of Mormons who are also heading to Salt Lake City.

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George Segal
as Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy
Goldie Hawn
as Amanda Quaid / Duchess Swansbury
Conrad Janis
as Gladstone (Widdicombe's assistant)
Thayer David
as Josiah Widdicombe
Roy Jenson
as Bloodworth
Pat Ast
as Dance Hall Girl
Sid Gould
as Rabbi
Bob Hoy
as Bloodworth Gang
Walter Scott
as Bloodworth Gang
Jerry Gatlin
as Bloodworth Gang
E.J. Andre
as Prospector
Richard Farnsworth
as Stage Coach Driver
Clifford Turknett
as Ticket Agent
Jean Fabre
as Drunk/Usher
Jim Frank
as Buckskin Joe
Jerry Taft
as Dealer
Prentiss Rowe
as Second Player
Ronald Colizzo
as Hotel Clerk
June Constable
as Mormon Wife
Vern Porter
as Gambler
Glynn Rubin
as Music Hall Girl
Jerry Wills
as Dirtwater Sheriff
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Critic Reviews for The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox

All Critics (7)

...the first act, centered around a colorful 19th-century dance hall, is worth it, particularly for Goldie Hawn fans...

December 9, 2021 | Full Review…

Goldie Hawn gets a chance to really do her stuff.

November 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Strained comedy and action do not a good film make, even with Segal and Hawn starring.

February 21, 2008 | Rating: 2/5

This is one of the limpest, laziest, and most worthless comedies I've seen in a while. And I see lots of 'em.

May 17, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox

You know what was wrong with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? Too many men. Yep. This comedy, engineered on the heels of that one, reimagines those turn of the century Western escapades with that formula in mind. And so Segal plays a con artist on the lam from some bandits he snookered, and Hawn plays a woman of ill repute who joins him. The idea is not terribly bad but the execution feels forced though the stars bend over backward to inject the thing with charm. Neither will ever mention this effort in conversation of their own accord although it becomes an interesting artifact of the times it was made.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


It's definitely a bit dated but I thought this movie was funny from start to finish. The movie opens with a dance hall scene laden with sexual innuendo which would have been a bit naughty and bawdy for back in the days. Goldie Hawn is simply delightful as a saloon entertainer/hooker who later pretends to be a Duchess in order to become a wealthy Mormon's seventh wife. Hey! It's better to work one night of the week rather than every night. Segal is an unlucky womanizing cardsharp who keeps getting caught cheating but later absconds with $40,000 in stolen loot from a band of outlaws. Hawn and Segal work well together fighting and sparring all through the movie. Another hilarious character is BlackJack, George Segal's loyal well trained horse, his antics was too amusing for words. Most memorable scenes for me includes the coded conversation supposedly in French in the stagecoach between the two adversaries and Goldie Hawn singing the very suggestive "Don't touch my plums" for the Mormon family that had him drooling lol. (I don't know if it is just me but if u stare long enough at the poster, Goldie's elbow looks like a bare breast!!!) So if you like romantic western comedies, this one is not to be missed. The humor, though suggestive, is actually pretty smart.

Deb S
Deb S

Super Reviewer

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