Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx
|Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx|
|Directed by||Waris Hussein|
John H. Cushingham
|Written by||Gabriel Walsh|
|Music by||Michael Dress|
|Edited by||Bill Blunden|
UMC Pictures (USA)
Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx is a 1970 Irish-American comedy film directed by Waris Hussein and written by Gabriel Walsh. It stars Gene Wilder as the titular Quackser Fortune, a poor Irish manure collector who falls in love with an American exchange student (Margot Kidder) after she almost runs him over.
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In Dublin, a working-class family has been unsuccessful in convincing their son to get a real job: the son prefers his job of scooping up horse's dung and selling it for flower gardens. An American exchange student almost runs him over and gets to know him. The dung man has ignored warnings from his family and suddenly the horses have been banned from Dublin. His new love is leaving for America and he must find a way to cope with the new reality.
- Gene Wilder as Quackser Fortune
- Margot Kidder as Zazel Pierce
- Eileen Colgan as Betsy Bourke
- Seamus Ford as Mr. Fortune
- May Ollis as Mrs. Fortune
- Liz Davis as Kathleen Fortune
- Caroline Tully as Vera Fortune
- David Kelly as Tom Maguire
The film was nominated for Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen (WGA Award - Screen) at the Writers Guild of America, USA in 1971.
The film was released on DVD on September 7, 1999.
In his autobiography, Wilder talks in detail about his experience making the movie. This includes that that original choice for director was the acclaimed Jean Renoir. Wilder described meeting with the director, who wanted to make the movie, but could not for a full year due to other commitments, so he was passed over.
Wilder also spoke at length about nearly adopting one of the young Irish extras that he'd become close to (whose impoverished parents supported the idea so that they boy could have a chance at a better life). However, the boy decided to remain in Ireland, so Wilder did not adopt him.
- Mae West Back in Films For 'Myra Breckinridge' By HOWARD THOMPSON. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 14 Aug 1969: 26.
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