PAINT YOUR WAGON (Theatrical Release USA 1969)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.6|5.0 Starsìììì

Paint Your Wagon reverses the male-activated polygamous home establishment to the female suggesting two husbands. Despite its light-hearted and rather frivolously delivered script, the movie presents scenes and dialogue that conflict so strongly with established male/female role presumption that it catalytically serves as a re-think on the subject of polygamy. The musical score delivers; and, even dares to show the chord range of Clint Eastwood. Set against a rough and tough early western mining community, the script serves an adult audience.

Storyline

A Mormon husband places his second wife on an auction block for ownership to the highest bidder.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Joshua Logan for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Alan Jay Lerner for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Ben Rumson (Lee Marvin), Pardner (Clint Eastwood), Elizabeth (Jean Seberg), Rotten Luck Willie (Harve Presnell),Mad Jack Duncan (Ray Walston), Horton Fenty (Tom Ligon), Parson (Alan Dexter), ), Horace Tabor (William O’Connell), and Haywood Holbrook (Benny Baker).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The film has an amoral theme and does not serve a family’s watching needs.

Ben Meyers

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