A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe

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A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe
A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe.jpg
Directed by Damiano Damiani, Sergio Leone
Produced by Claudio Mancini
Fulvio Morsella
Rafran C. Rialto
Sergio Leone
Written by Damiano Damiani
Ernesto Gastaldi
Fulvio Morsella
Starring Terence Hill
Patrick McGoohan
Robert Charlebois
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Giuseppe Ruzzolini Technicolor, CinemaScope
Edited by Nino Baragli
Release dates
  • 16 December 1975 (1975-12-16)
Running time
120 min.
Country Italy
Language Italian

A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (Italian: Un genio, due compari, un pollo, also known as Nobody's the Greatest) is a 1975 spaghetti western comedy film directed by Damiano Damiani and, in the opening scene, Sergio Leone. It is notable for being the last western that Leone worked on.


Joe Thanks (Terence Hill) is a genius conman. He conducts various schemes with his two friends: Half-breed Steam Engine Bill (Robert Charlebois) and his girlfriend Lucy (Miou-Miou). Lucy loves both men, and they in turn both vie for her affection.

Joe formulates an extremely elaborate plan to steal $300,000 from Major Cabot (Patrick McGoohan), an Indian-hating cavalry man, and in doing so save the Indian land he is trying to steal. Every time the plan seems to be failing, Joe has another trick up his sleeve. The movie climaxes with a stagecoach chase and a gigantic explosion.



The music was composed by Ennio Morricone. His work here is very similar to his score for My Name is Nobody, with an upbeat pop tune serving as the main theme, an adaptation of a classical song (in this case Für Elise) combined with the wailing from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly used for the stagecoach chase, and a sentimental, lyrical theme for the three protagonists.

Although not nearly as popular as his music for My Name is Nobody or many of his other westerns, Morricone's score has received positive notices.[1]


Thanks to the popularity of Terence Hill, the film was quite successful at the European box office. However, it was very negatively received by critics, and has not gained a higher reputation over time.

These feelings extended to those who made the movie as well. Though Leone had co-directed, produced, and come up with the idea, he was disappointed in the final outcome and chose to remain uncredited.


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