GenreComedy, Western Music directorCharles Fox LanguageEnglish
WriterBarry Sandler, Jack Rose Release dateApril 1, 1976 (1976-04-01) CastGeorge Segal (Charlie 'Dirtwater Fox' Malloy), Goldie Hawn (Amanda Quaid / Duchess Swansbury), Conrad Janis (Gladstone (Widdicombe's assistant)), Thayer David (Josiah Widdicombe (Mormon patriarch)), Jennifer Lee (Trollop), Sid Gould (Rabbi) Similar moviesThe Gambler, The Sting, Mr. Lucky, Lay That Rifle Down, Blazing Saddles, Matchstick Men
TaglineOnce upon a time, If the rustlers didn't get you, the hustlers did.
The duchess and the dirtwater fox
The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox is a 1976 American western romantic comedy film starring Goldie Hawn and George Segal, produced, directed and co-written by Melvin Frank.
A popular dance hall girl, Duchess, joins with a gambler nicknamed the "Dirtwater Fox" on the way to Salt Lake City, Utah. Seeking refuge from a pursuing gang of outlaws, the Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox join a wagon train of Mormons. On their trip, they encounter snakes, rapids, horseback pursuits through towns, and even getting tied up by the outlaws (eventually escaping).
According to the closing credits, much of the film was shot in and around the historic community of Central City, Colorado. Matte paintings were used to re-create the historic look of San Francisco and Salt Lake City.
George Segal as Charlie "Dirtwater Fox" Malloy
Goldie Hawn as Amanda "Duchess" Quaid
Conrad Janis as Gladstone
Thayer David as Josiah Widdicombe
Jennifer Lee as Trollop
Sid Gould as Rabbi
Pat Ast as Music hall singer
E. J. André as Prospector
Richard Farnsworth as Stagecoach driver
Clifford Turknett as Mr. Weatherly
The film was given mixed to negative reviews, with the Chicago Tribune's Gene Siskel particularly singling it out as, in his view, an unintended sequel to Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles. As of 21 July 2012, it has a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.