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… See more details below

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929303120
Original Release:
1969
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Sales rank:
58

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

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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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