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Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin break out of their traditional screen personas in this offbeat western musical comedy with a memorable Lerner and Loewe score. Pardner (Eastwood) and Ben Rumson (Marvin) are two buddies who share everything, including their wife Elizabeth (Jean Seberg), whom they bought at an auction. Together, between bouts of drinking and gambling, the two men are able to transform such activities as hijacking a stage and kidnapping prostitutes into steps toward transforming their mining camp into a boomtown. Directed by Josh Logan (PICNIC, SOUTH PACIFIC). Academy Award Nominations: Best Score of a Musical Picture.
Alan J. Lerner - Song Lyricist/Playwright
Alan Jay Lerner - Song Lyricist/Playwright
Tom Shaw - Producer/Executive
Robert Easton - Voice, STINGRAY: INVADERS FROM THE DEEP (1981)
Lee Marvin - American Actor
Jean Seberg - American actress
William O'Connell - Actor\"Ice Station Zebra"
Benny Baker - American Comic Actor
Ray Walston - American Actor
Harve Presnell - Stage/Film Actor/Singer
John Truscott - Art Director/Costume Designer
Nelson Riddle - Composer/Conductor/D.1985
Robert C. Jones - Film editor
Carl Braunger - Art Director
William A. Fraker - Legendary cinematographer/director
Frederick "Fritz" Loewe
Paula Trueman - American Supporting Actress
Alan Baxter - American Actor
Clint Eastwood - American actor/director, THE GOOD, THE BAD.../UNFORGIVEN
Joshua Logan - American Director/Playwright
Paddy Chayefsky - Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright, NETWORK, ALTERED STATES
Paddy Chayevsky - Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright, NETWORK, ALTERED STATES
Sidney Chayevsky - Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright, NETWORK, ALTERED STATES
Set in No Name City, California during the gold rush, this musical comedy concerns prospectors Ben and Pardner and their unusual nuclear family. The business partners strike a deal to share Ben's wife Elizabeth, whom Ben purchased from a Mormon. But the free-thinking Ben is worried about rivalry over Elizabeth from the town's all-male population, hungry for female company. So he arranges to kidnap a stagecoach full of working girls on their way to a nearby city, and sets up a brothel in No Name. That puts the place on the map and business booms, but competition for gold also grows. Later, needing cash to survive the winter, Ben and an accomplice, Mad Jack Duncan, tunnel under the town's buildings to catch loose golddust falling from the floorboards. But No Name collapses under the strain, and everyone moves on, except for Pardner and Elizabeth.
Based on the 1951 Broadway musical of the same name. Agnes de Mille did the choreography. Additional songs: "A Million Miles Away Behind the Door," "There's a Coach Coming In," "The Gospel of No Name City." Actress Jean Seberg lip-syncs the vocals in her songs. Shot on location in Oregon in Panavision. Color by Technicolor. Additional cast: Tom Ligon (Horton Fenty), Patrick Hawley (Ernest Clendennon), Robert Easton (Atwell), Geoffrey Norman (Harry Foster), Terry Jenkins (Joe Mooney), Karl Bruck (Schermerhorn), Sue Casey (Sarah Woodling). Additional credits: Roger Wagner (choral music conductor), Maurice Ayres (special effects), Nelson Tyler (aerial camera), David Stone Martin (titles).
"...The Oregon locations still make this one-time must-see a gorgeous sight..." - 08/03/2001 USA Today, p.5E