Paint Your Wagon (1969): Western, with Eastwood and Lee Marvin Singing

Two of Hollywood’s macho actors, Clint Eastwood (Man With No Name in the Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Westerns) and Lee Marvin (“Cat Ballou,” “Dirty Dozen”) inexplicably co-star in this musical flop, directed by Joshua Logan.

The actors, who were required to sing (as strange as it may sound), form a romantic triangle with Jean Seberg (who also could not sing much), their shared wife, in a preposterous scenario penned by Paddy Chayefsky.

Based on the stage musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (better known for “My Fair Lady” and “Gigi”), this big-budget big-screen production was panned by all critics and tanked at the box-office.

The approach and style are incoherent, combining stagy sequences with some spectacular location shooting, resulting in a dull and ludicrous movie musical.

Cling Eastwood delivers the song, “I Talk to the Trees,” among several poorly staged numbers.  One of the highlights is “They Call the Wind Maria,” rendered by the only professional singer in the main cast, Harve Presnell.

It didn’t help that composer and producer Lerner, who thought that Vincente Minnelli was Hollywood’s best musical director, and director Logan, known for better films such as “Picnic,” clashed notoriously on the set.



Oscar Nominations: 1

Score of a Musical (Original or Adapted): Nelson Riddle

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The winners of the Musical Score Oscar were Lennie Hayton and Lionel Newman for “Hello, Dolly!”