After a debut on Broadway in 1951, Paramount spent an estimated 17 to 20 million dollars in production costs for this Lerner and Loewe musical. With Loewe's permission, Lerner wrote five additional tunes for the film with Andre Previn. Ben Rumson (Lee Marvin) is the grizzled prospector trying his luck panning for gold in California. Pardner (Clint ...Read MoreAfter a debut on Broadway in 1951, Paramount spent an estimated 17 to 20 million dollars in production costs for this Lerner and Loewe musical. With Loewe's permission, Lerner wrote five additional tunes for the film with Andre Previn. Ben Rumson (Lee Marvin) is the grizzled prospector trying his luck panning for gold in California. Pardner (Clint Eastwood) is his companion. When Ben buys a woman from a Mormon, Elizabeth (Jean Seberg) 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". The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band helps out on the song "Hand Me Down That Can O' Beans". Both Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin 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, RoviRead Less
TITLE: Paint Your Wagon
GENRE: Musical Comedy
CAST: Lee Marvin, Jean Seberg, Clint Eastwood, Ray Walston
PLOT: Anecdotal snippet of a drifter's collision with the California
Gold Rush. Based on Lerner and Loewe's Broadway musical. Marvin plays
drifter Ben Rumson who discovers gold while burying a fallen farmer by a streambed. A town, No Name City, grows around the find. Along the way there is romance, singing and mayhem. One singing scene has around 100 panners stream bathing in unison. This is Clint's adventure as a singing cowboy. Thank gawd he failed and went to Italy and spaghetti Western History. A great song is "They call the Wind Mariah". But the one that sums up this movie the best is the title song with lyrics of "Where am I going? I don't know. When will I get there? I don't care. All I know is I am on my way". Marvin's croaking of "I Was Born Under A Wandering Star" was a chart topper in the UK.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT:7.5 of 10 The music is first rate, the set is the High Sierras, the costumes are authentic but it's hard to imagine all the choreography juxtaposed with a mining operation. (it's so enjoyably long there is an intermission) .
DVD BONUS: Come on, it's Eastwood as a singing cowboy.
Jun 18, 2009
This movie is one of my favs...ever. Listening to Clint eastwood and Lee Marvin sing about gold and "fanciful women" is well worth the time and money. Very funny movie.