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Paint Your Wagon

Paint Your Wagon

4.6 13
Director: Joshua Logan,

Cast: Joshua Logan, Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg


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After a debut on Broadway in 1951, Paramount spent an estimated 17 to 20 million dollars in production costs for this Lerner and Loewe musical. With Loewe's permission, Lerner wrote five additional tunes for the film with Andre Previn. Ben Rumson (Lee Marvin) is the grizzled prospector trying his luck panning for gold in California. Pardner (Clint Eastwood) is his


After a debut on Broadway in 1951, Paramount spent an estimated 17 to 20 million dollars in production costs for this Lerner and Loewe musical. With Loewe's permission, Lerner wrote five additional tunes for the film with Andre Previn. Ben Rumson (Lee Marvin) is the grizzled prospector trying his luck panning for gold in California. Pardner (Clint Eastwood) is his companion. When Ben buys a woman from a Mormon, Elizabeth (Jean Seberg) expects equal rights for her gender and chooses to live with both men. Ben and Pardner tunnel under the boomtown to gather the fallen gold dust that has filtered through the cracks of the saloon and other places. The musical comedy features 13 songs, the most recognizable being "They Call The Wind Maria." The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band helps out on the song "Hand Me Down That Can O' Beans." Both Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin are given a chance to show their vocal ability (or lack of it) in several songs. The initial release fell far short of regaining the millions put into the production, and most critics dipped their pens in poison to pan the picture -- though the film plays better than the critics would lead anyone to believe. Many jumped on the Paint Your Wagon smear campaign after the film proved to be not nearly as successful as other musicals.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Originally the recipient of truly dreadful reviews, Paint Your Wagon has grown in stature over the years. Though few would consider the film a classic, most now agree that the vehemence of the original reviews was based more upon the film's budget and the state of cinematic musicals in general at the time than upon its actual quality. Seen today, the film's biggest fault is also one of its stronger assets -- its cast. On the plus side, Lee Marvin,Clint Eastwood, and Jean Seberg provide a new take on musical comedy acting due to their considerable dramatic skills. On the negative side, not one of them comes close to carrying a tune. Eastwood's "I Still See Elisa" and "I Talk to the Trees" are particularly embarrassing, and Marvin's "Wand'rin' Star" is acknowledged as a low point in musical history. The score is better served by Harve Presnell, whose dramatic chops are inferior to those of his co-stars, but whose wonderful voice makes "They Call the Wind Maria" into the film's undeniable highlight. The screenplay is also problematic; individual scenes work well, but the entire polygamy angle is unconvincing and seems an effort to make the story in tune with the then-current "let it all hang out" philosophy. However, the film does have a genuine lustiness and a brand of masculinity not often encountered in musicals. And though often poorly performed, much of the score is pure gold. Overlong and problematic, the film still has a certain fascination all its own.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lee Marvin Ben Rumson
Clint Eastwood Pardner
Jean Seberg Elizabeth
Ray Walston "Mad Jack" Duncan
Harve Presnell Rotten Luck Willie
Tom Ligon Horton Fenty
H.B. Haggerty Steve Bull
Geoffrey Norman Harry Foster
Karl Bruck Schermerhorn
Alan Baxter Mr. MacFenty
Sue Casey Sarah Woodling
John Mitchum Jacob Woodling
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Actor
Ben Baker Haywood Holbrook
Terry Jenkins Joe Mooney
Pat Hawley Clendennon
Alan Dexter Parson
Paula Trueman Mrs. MacFenty
Robert Easton Alwell
Harvey Parry Higgins
H.W. Gim Wong
William Mims Frock-Coated Man
Roy Jenson Hennessey
L. William O'Connell Horace Tabor
Edward Little Sky Indian

Technical Credits
Joshua Logan Director
Maurice Ayers Special Effects
Jack Baker Choreography
James I. Berkey Set Decoration/Design
Carl Braunger Art Director
Paddy Chayefsky Screenwriter
William A. Fraker Cinematographer
Loyal Griggs Cinematographer
Larry Hampton Special Effects
James Hulsey Production Designer
Robert Jones Editor
Alan Jay Lerner Score Composer,Producer,Screenwriter
Frederick Loewe Score Composer
Frank McCoy Makeup
Al Murphy Asst. Director
André Previn Score Composer
William Randall Sound Mixer
Nelson Riddle Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Roe Asst. Director
Tom Shaw Producer
John Truscott Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Nelson Tyler Cinematographer
Roger Wagner Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. I Stake This Claim [:07]
2. Terms Of The Partnership [3:21]
3. Muddy Drunk In The Street [7:25]
4. Auction [6:34]
5. Ben's Wedding Day [4:06]
6. Elizabeth's Cabin [3:18]
7. Jealousy [4:09]
8. Wife Guarding [3:27]
9. Detour [7:48]
10. Two Husbands [:31]
11. Intermission [7:13]
12. Pagans [1:27]
13. Digging A Tunnel [5:10]
14. Wand'rin' Star [7:31]
15. A Whole New World [2:24]
16. Gold Fever [5:52]
17. No Name City Goes To Hell [7:09]
18. So Long [7:11]


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Paint Your Wagon 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A who's who's of Hollywood of the modren era. What starts out as a covered wagon trip west evolves into the greed for gold. And alot of the vises that go with a mining town. You'll laugh till your sides hurt. They don't make them like this any more. When is the last time you heard Clint Eastwood sing? This might have been the only time. Folks this is off the hook !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful natural, scenery; good music; funny, twisting plot. Good overall entertainment.
Diana73 More than 1 year ago
THIS MOVIE IS TIMELESS! THE ACTORS IN THIS MOVIES ARE SUPERB! Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood and Jean Seberg, Harve Presnell& Ray Walston. The acting and the singing are the best. Clint Eastwood singing, can't get any better than that. Harve Presnell what a Voice ~ love him, "They Call the Wind Maria", the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a 24-year old who grew up watching Clint Eastwood movies. This is one of his lighter-mooded pics, but is also one of the best. The movie is hilarious to folks of all ages: I loved it when I was a child and love it just the same now.
grmafluffy More than 1 year ago
What is the only movie that has Clint Eastwood singing? I really don't know if it is own voice but it sure is a long way from Dirty Harry! I love this old classic and Lee Marvin is hilarious as usual. It's a long movie but well worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like westerns and music you will enjoy this movie. Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood both do a good job singing in this movie adaptation of the musical "Paint Your Wagon".
evie-Z More than 1 year ago
A surprisingly entertaining musical filmed in 1969, 'Paint Your Wagon' boasts top names in the production department including--Alan J. Lerner, Frederick Loewe, Paddy Chayefsky, Andre Pevin, and of course the big stars, Clint Eastwood (singing, yes!) and Lee Marvin as boisterous and grizzly as he always is. It's worth watching just to see Eastwood in his prime and Marvin much younger too. You won't recognize the music except for "They Call The Winds Maria" and "I talk To The Trees" if indeed anyone out there does remember those at all. The plot's a little weak and some silly business but hey! It's a musical. What can we expect for 1969 when they had to do it all the hard way? Worth adding to your musical collection. Evie-Z
AEC More than 1 year ago
Absolutely funny. The choruses are really "unsung" hits of the overall musical. This is the late Lee Marvin's great musical debut. The young Clint Eastwood surprises with a nice untrained voice. The colapse scene of the town is one of the best yet. All in all, "Paint Your Wagon" is just entertaining. That is why we bought it and that is what it delivered.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just watched this movie for a second time around-having seen it for the first time decades ago, and this movie is still a treat! Although the viewing experience was different this time, there are plenty of positive things to write about in regards to this movie. I do have one minor gripe so I'll get that out right off. A few of the songs...Ummmm, they kinda stunk, and a couple of the men who sung them stunk too, but that's okay because most of the songs that Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood sang were pretty good and they both sang well. Who can resist Lee Marvin's rusty rendition of Wandering Star? It appears that this movie was some sort of filmmaking experiment as it came out in the sixties and it shows. It highlights many of the themes of that period non-conformist notions of free love and independent ideology. Who would of thought to combine a musical and western together with such originality? And amazingly, somehow, it works! Give this movie a try.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, so I may be on my way to the 'Old Fogies Home' but this has been and still is my most favourite movie of all time. It's just a shame Lee Marvin was never given more scope for what I believe to to a hidden streak of comedy genius. With his ''I've just gargled with gravel'' rendition of ''Wanderin' Star'' his talent shines. Clint Eastwood holds his own in the acting stakes, but I'm undecided about his singing. The sound track features the most wonderful mens choirs, that are, unfortunately not noticed until one listens to the songs without the pictures. The making and then breaking of No Name City is a funny, but accurate version of the building of towns in the gold rush era. No blood, no gore, just a truly great family movie. A movie suitable for all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely one of my favorite movies. If you want romance, comedy, music, and action all in a movie you can watch with your mom and not be embarassed this is it. Clint Eastwood gives a performance so far removed from his 'spaghetti westerns' and the Dirty Harrys that you will see him in a different light from now on. Lee Marvin also is at his best. The musical score for this picture is flawless. Even Clint displays a talent (though not terribly polished) for singing and Mr. Marvin's performance of 'Wandering Star' is perfectly rough in keeping with his characther in the film. Jean Seberg also does a fine job and has a lovely voice. All in all a truly wonderful film well worth adding to you video collection and one you will watch over and over.
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