The Duchess and the Directortwater Fox is a generally pleasant and amiable period western comedy starring George Segal as a fumbling gambler and Goldie Hawn as a singing-dancing frontier chick.
Pair get involved with Roy Jenson’s robber gang, Thayer David’s group of Mormons, a Jewish wedding, some good gags here, some forced humor there.
Barry Sandler’s story has been scripted into sketches which tend to a predictably upbeat curtain. The Colorado scenery vies with the interactions of Hawn and Segal; the other players are more or less backdrop.
The stars work well together; Segal’s comedy abilities seem in fullest flower when Mel Frank is directing, while Hawn’s talents are showcased quite nicely.
The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox
20th Century-Fox. Director Melvin Frank; Producer Melvin Frank; Screenplay Melvin Frank, Barry Sandler, Jack Rose; Camera Joseph Biroc; Editor Frank Bracht, William Butler; Music Charles Fox; Art Director Trevor Williams, Robert Emmet Smith
(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 104 MIN.
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