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Paint Your Wagon Details

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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 [[Performer~P99402~Lerner~alanjaylerner]] and [[Performer~P100027~Loewe~frederickloewe]] musical. With [[Performer~P100027~Loewe~frederickloewe]]'s permission, [[Performer~P99402~Lerner~alanjaylerner]] wrote five additional tunes for the film with [[Performer~P107059~Andre Previn~andreprevin]]. Ben Rumson ([[Performer~P46149~Lee Marvin~leemarvin]]) is the grizzled prospector trying his luck panning for gold in California. Pardner ([[Performer~P88601~Clint Eastwood~clinteastwood]]) is his companion. When Ben buys a woman from a Mormon, Elizabeth ([[Performer~P64256~Jean Seberg~jeanseberg]]) 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". [[Performer~P52790~The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band~thenittygrittydirtband]] helps out on the song "Hand Me Down That Can O' Beans". Both [[Performer~P88601~Clint Eastwood~clinteastwood]] and [[Performer~P46149~Lee Marvin~leemarvin]] 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. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

  • Release date:October 15, 1969

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Lee Marvin Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1969 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nelson Riddle Best Adapted Score 1969 Nominee

Cast

Lee Marvin
as Ben Rumson
Clint Eastwood
as Pardner
Jean Seberg
as Elizabeth
Ray Walston
as "Mad Jack" Duncan
Harve Presnell
as Rotten Luck Willie
Tom Ligon
as Horton Fenty
H.B. Haggerty
as Steve Bull
Geoffrey Norman
as Harry Foster
Karl Bruck
as Schermerhorn
Alan Baxter
as Mr. MacFenty
John Mitchum
as Jacob Woodling
Alan Dexter
as Parson
Paula Trueman
as Mrs. MacFenty
Pat Hawley
as Clendennon
Robert Easton
as Alwell
William Mims
as Frock-Coated Man
Ben Baker
as Haywood Holbrook
Roy Jenson
as Hennessey

Crew

Joshua Logan
Director
Alan Jay Lerner
Producer
Tom Shaw
Producer
Alan Jay Lerner
Screenwriter
Paddy Chayefsky
Screenwriter
Nelson Tyler
Cinematographer
Loyal Griggs
Cinematographer
William A. Fraker
Cinematographer
Roger Wagner
Musical Direction/Supervision
Andre Previn
Composer (Music Score)
Nelson Riddle
Composer (Music Score)
Nelson Riddle
Musical Direction/Supervision
Alan Jay Lerner
Composer (Music Score)
John Truscott
Production Designer
James Hulsey
Production Designer
Carl Braunger
Art Director
John Truscott
Costume Designer
Larry Hampton
Special Effects
Maurice Ayers
Special Effects
Al Murphy
First Assistant Director
Jack Roe
First Assistant Director
Frank McCoy
Makeup
Tom Shaw
Second Unit Director
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