Dirty Dingus Magee


1h 31m 1970
Dirty Dingus Magee

Brief Synopsis

A two-bit outlaw's attempts to strike it rich put him in conflict with a bungling sheriff.

Photos & Videos

Dirty Dingus Mcgee - Lobby Card Set

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Action
Western
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 18 Nov 1970
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Ballad of Dingus Magee by David Markson (Indianapolis, 1965).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 31m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Metrocolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Robbed by Dirty Dingus Magee, Hoke Birdsill travels to Yerkey's Hole and demands justice from Belle Kops, the town's mayor and madam. In response, the indifferent Belle appoints him sheriff. Although Birdsill repeatedly captures Magee, the bandit, assisted by his Indian mistress Anna Hotwater, escapes as often. Discovering a strongbox Magee has accidentally acquired, Birdsill steals its contents. Diverting the town by announcing a proposed gunfight with his dupe, Magee rifles Belle's bedroom. To his consternation, however, Magee discovers that Birdsill has preceded him. Appointed sheriff in Birdsill's stead, Magee searches for his fellow thief. Reunited, the two join forces and burn Belle's brothel to the ground.

Photo Collections

Dirty Dingus Mcgee - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Dirty Dingus Mcgee (1970), starring Frank Sinatra. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Action
Western
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 18 Nov 1970
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Ballad of Dingus Magee by David Markson (Indianapolis, 1965).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 31m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Metrocolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Articles

Dirty Dingus Magee


Dirty Dingus Magee (1970) is another of Frank Sinatra's half-serious, half-comic Westerns, a mix that threw off so many critics when the film first appeared that it's never quite gained its proper recognition as being a bit ahead of its time.

Dirty Dingus Magee opens with George Kennedy traveling through the wilds of New Mexico. That's where he runs across Frank Sinatra (as Dirty Dingus Magee) and is promptly robbed by him. When Kennedy tries to do the right thing by reporting the robbery to the mayor of a nearby town he discovers not exactly upstanding citizenry: The mayor's profitable sideline is a house of ill repute with a hefty business from a nearby Army fort. A hunt ensues for Sinatra who's fallen in with an attractive Indian maiden while the fort commander has decided he wants to beat Custer to Little Big Horn.

Sinatra had passed on starring in Dirty Harry (1972) so that he could make Dirty Dingus Magee. Several sagebrush specialists contributed to it including director Burt Kennedy who brought a clever, unconventional approach to the several Westerns he'd helmed like The War Wagon (1967) and Support Your Local Sheriff (1969). Also helping out were Western veterans Jack Elam, Harry Carey Jr. and Don "Red" Barry in supporting roles.

Michele Carey (as Anna) was a former model who debuted in Howard Hawks' El Dorado (1967) and then an Elvis picture; her star seemed rising at the time but she never went much further. The script was a product of Frank and Tom Waldman who worked on the Peter Sellers film The Party (1968), Bing Crosby's High Time (1960) and contributed to several Pink Panther films. Helping out oddly enough was novelist Joseph Heller (Catch-22) who rarely worked on Hollywood screenplays.

Director/Producer: Burt Kennedy
Screenplay: David Markson, Tom Waldman, Frank Waldman, Joseph Heller
Cinematography: Harry Stradling Jr.
Editor: William B. Gulick
Art Direction: George W. Davis, J. McMillan Johnson
Music: Jeff Alexander
Cast: Frank Sinatra (Dingus Magee), George Kennedy ('Hoke' Birdsill), Anne Jackson (Belle Knops), Lois Nettleton (Prudence Frost), Jack Elam (John Wesley Hardin).
C-91m. Letterboxed.

by Lang Thompson
Dirty Dingus Magee

Dirty Dingus Magee

Dirty Dingus Magee (1970) is another of Frank Sinatra's half-serious, half-comic Westerns, a mix that threw off so many critics when the film first appeared that it's never quite gained its proper recognition as being a bit ahead of its time. Dirty Dingus Magee opens with George Kennedy traveling through the wilds of New Mexico. That's where he runs across Frank Sinatra (as Dirty Dingus Magee) and is promptly robbed by him. When Kennedy tries to do the right thing by reporting the robbery to the mayor of a nearby town he discovers not exactly upstanding citizenry: The mayor's profitable sideline is a house of ill repute with a hefty business from a nearby Army fort. A hunt ensues for Sinatra who's fallen in with an attractive Indian maiden while the fort commander has decided he wants to beat Custer to Little Big Horn. Sinatra had passed on starring in Dirty Harry (1972) so that he could make Dirty Dingus Magee. Several sagebrush specialists contributed to it including director Burt Kennedy who brought a clever, unconventional approach to the several Westerns he'd helmed like The War Wagon (1967) and Support Your Local Sheriff (1969). Also helping out were Western veterans Jack Elam, Harry Carey Jr. and Don "Red" Barry in supporting roles. Michele Carey (as Anna) was a former model who debuted in Howard Hawks' El Dorado (1967) and then an Elvis picture; her star seemed rising at the time but she never went much further. The script was a product of Frank and Tom Waldman who worked on the Peter Sellers film The Party (1968), Bing Crosby's High Time (1960) and contributed to several Pink Panther films. Helping out oddly enough was novelist Joseph Heller (Catch-22) who rarely worked on Hollywood screenplays. Director/Producer: Burt Kennedy Screenplay: David Markson, Tom Waldman, Frank Waldman, Joseph Heller Cinematography: Harry Stradling Jr. Editor: William B. Gulick Art Direction: George W. Davis, J. McMillan Johnson Music: Jeff Alexander Cast: Frank Sinatra (Dingus Magee), George Kennedy ('Hoke' Birdsill), Anne Jackson (Belle Knops), Lois Nettleton (Prudence Frost), Jack Elam (John Wesley Hardin). C-91m. Letterboxed. by Lang Thompson

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Trivia

Dingus Billy Magee was written as a 19-year-old, and had to be re-written to accommodate Frank Sinatra's casting.

Notes

Location scenes filmed in Arizona.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1970

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1970