Dirty Dingus Magee
|Dirty Dingus Magee|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Burt Kennedy|
|Produced by||Burt Kennedy|
|Screenplay by||Tom Waldman
|Based on||the novel The Ballad of Dingus Magee
by David Markson
|Music by||Jeff Alexander|
|Cinematography||Harry Stradling Jr.|
|Edited by||William B. Gulick|
|November 18, 1970|
Dirty Dingus Magee is a comic 1970 anti-western film starring Frank Sinatra as the title outlaw and George Kennedy as a sheriff out to capture him. The movie was based on the novel The Ballad of Dingus Magee by David Markson and the screenplay was partly written by Joseph Heller. It was directed by Burt Kennedy.
Hoke Birdsill rides into Yerkey's Hole demanding the law take action because Dingus Magee has robbed him. There is no law, so the mayor, Belle, who also runs the town's bordello, sees to it that Hoke becomes the new sheriff.
Dingus keeps getting away with his crimes, helped by Anna Hot Water, his young Indian companion. But when he tries to steal from Belle, he finds Hoke has beaten him to it. Hoke enjoys being on the other side of the law, so Dingus turns the tables, becoming sheriff to go after him.
After being rivals for so long, Dingus and Hoke eventually team up, burning Belle's brothel to the ground.
- Frank Sinatra as Dingus Magee
- George Kennedy as Hoke Birdsill
- Anne Jackson as Belle Nops
- Lois Nettleton as Prudence Frost
- Jack Elam as Wesley Hardin (spoofing real-life outlaw John Wesley Hardin)
- Michele Carey as Anna Hot Water
- John Dehner as General George
- Henry Jones as Reverend Green
- Harry Carey, Jr. as Charles Stuart
- Paul Fix as Chief Crazy Blanket
- Terry Wilson as the unnamed Sergeant
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times thought the movie was awful: "I lean toward blaming Frank Sinatra, who in recent years has become notorious for not really caring about his movies. If a shot doesn't work, he doesn't like to try it again; he might be late getting back to Vegas. What's more, the ideal Sinatra role requires him to be in no more than a fourth of the scenes, getting him lots of loot and top billing while his supporting cast does the work."
- Dirty Dingus Magee at the TCM Movie Database.
- Roger Ebert, "Dirty Dingus Magee" Nov. 23, 1970 http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/dirty-dingus-magee-1970
- Dirty Dingus Magee at the Internet Movie Database
- Dirty Dingus Magee at AllMovie
- Dirty Dingus Magee at the TCM Movie Database
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