The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox

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The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox
Duchess and the dirtwater fox movie poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byMelvin Frank
Produced byMelvin Frank
Written byMelvin Frank
Barry Sandler
Jack Rose
StarringGoldie Hawn
George Segal
Music byCharles Fox
CinematographyJoseph F. Biroc
Edited byFrank Bracht
Bill Butler
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
April 1, 1976 (1976-04-01)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$4,120,000 (US/ Canada)[2]

The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox is a 1976 American western romantic comedy film starring Goldie Hawn and George Segal, produced, directed and co-written by Melvin Frank.


A popular dance hall girl, Duchess, joins with a gambler nicknamed the "Dirtwater Fox" on the way to Salt Lake City, Utah. Seeking refuge from a pursuing gang of outlaws, the Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox join a wagon train of Mormons. On their trip, they encounter snakes, rapids, horseback pursuits through towns, and even getting tied up by the outlaws (eventually escaping).


According to the closing credits, much of the film was shot in and around the historic community of Central City, Colorado. Matte paintings were used to re-create the historic look of San Francisco and Salt Lake City.



The film was given mixed to negative reviews, with the Chicago Tribune's Gene Siskel particularly singling it out as, in his view, an unintended sequel to Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles.[3] As of 21 July 2012, it has a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


  1. ^ Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p258
  2. ^ Solomon p 233. Please note figures are rentals not total gross.
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