The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday 1976 PG

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Sam Longwood, a frontiersman who has seen better days, spies the gold-mine partner, Jack Colby, who ran off with all the gold from a mine they were prospecting fifteen years earlier.

Starring:
Lee Marvin, Oliver Reed
Runtime:
1 hour, 47 minutes

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Genres Western, Comedy
Director Don Taylor
Starring Lee Marvin, Oliver Reed
Supporting actors Robert Culp, Elizabeth Ashley, Strother Martin, Sylvia Miles, Kay Lenz, Howard Platt, Jac Zacha, Phaedra, Letícia Robles, Luz María Peña, Erika Carlsson, C.C. Charity, Ana Verdugo, 'Chico' Hernandez
Studio MGM
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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Very funny movie--lots of actors in it and good humor.
Bigten418
My DVD player refused to play it, but it worked great on the X-Box......
Richard L. Thorkildson
Lee Marvin,Oliver Reed,and Strother Martin at there best.
JUDAS TREES

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Blue Goat on June 12, 2011
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The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday is a great western comedy about Lee Marvin and his buddies getting their money back from a former gold mining partner. Marvins Harvard educated, half-Indian friend Joe Knox, is hilarious with his plan to get back at the white man by kidnapping seven prostitutes from the police and infecting them with the Clap. The movie is entertaining from start to finish. If you like The Cheyenne Social Club or Paint Your Wagon you will like this movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Baldwin on December 14, 2011
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Cool Lee Marvin plays the Great Scout. Cool Oliver Reed plays Joe Knox, a drunken half-breed(!). Cool Strother Martin plays Billy, one of his patented prairie trash characters. This should have been a totally cool enterprise. RIGHT. Well, semi-cool. All the principal players deliver the proverbial goodies. The script is where the film falls a tad short. Where screenwriter Richard Shapiro should have been delivering belly whompers he for the most part gently tickles the funny bone. The scene where Joe goes for treatment of his social disease is a hoot, though. Instead of being on the level of "Blazing Saddles" and "Destry Rides Again" it's probably more akin to "Cat Ballou." The film is in it's way an offbeat ribald Western exercise. Instead of hitting a homerun I'd give the film a sliding triple.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By pb on June 3, 2012
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Fully remastered and much better than the VHS! This movie was made back in the day when raunchiness was still allowed without question, so there are some scenes that weren't in the VHS version.

The colors are great and the soundtrack has been perfected. Rollicking good fun in an all-star cast of Classic Actors, including Oliver Stone in one of his strangest performances.

A must-have for western comedy fans.
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First, to make sense of the title:
THE GREAT SCOUT is Sam Longwood (Marvin), a western man whose 19th Century exploits (such as the single-handed capture of Geronimo) put him in history books while still alive.
CATHOUSE THURSDAY is Nancy Sue (Lenz), a supposedly 17-year-old lady of pleasure who's the unwilling girlfriend of cathouse madam 'Mike' (Miles).

Star Lee Marvin clearly shows evidence of alcohol abuse-- in many scenes he appears to be under its influence. Britisher Oliver Reed is delightful as the sophisticated half breed Joe Knox, a Harvard-educated Injun. So is Strother Martin as Longwood's flim-flamming partner, Billy. He, Joe and Sam are a trio of traveling connivers.

SYNOPSIS--
The story is set in 1908. Horsedrawn carts share dusty town streets with early open autos. The old ways of the west rapidly fade into the past, as do men like buckskin-wearing Sam Longwood. He and his two compadres are determined to get $60,000 from their old mining partner Jack Colby (Culp), as some years earlier Jack cheated them out of the profits of a mutually-held gold mine.

In another development, Joe hijacks a police wagon full of tarts. All the girls are returned to Mike in exchange for bedroom credit, but Nancy Sue convinces Joe, Sam and Billy to let her stay with them by explaining that Mike has been using her in bed.

When Jack Colby refuses to pay the 60K, his three ex-partners come up with a colorful plan to 1.) steal receipts of a boxing match that Jack is sponsoring and 2.) kidnap Jack's wife (Ashley). Meanwhile, Mike demands return of her plaything, Nancy Sue but maybe Sam has fallen for the girl, and Joe wants to spread the Clap he contracted from a white woman all the way to President Taft in the White House!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D C Young on October 1, 2011
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I saw this movie when I was young and I thought it was one of the funniest movie's I seen in my life, next to the movie It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World. I did not see it anywhere for years, no store did not have it. That is why I love Amazon you can now find those movies that are hard to find, thanks I had no problem with the DVD.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on September 15, 2012
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The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday is a very funny western comedy starring Lee Marvin as the Great Scout, Oliver Reed as Joe Knox (his half-breed Indian partner), and Kay Lenz as Thursday - a young prostitute running away from Sylvia Miles' house of ill repute. The basic plot is Marvin and Reed trying to recover money stolen from them by Jack Colby (Robert Culp) with Thursday tagging along. I give the film 4 stars for sheer entertainment value.

The DVD itself (MGM Limited Edition Collection) is an excellent, although bare-bones (the only menu option is "play") DVD in high-quality widescreen video. Sharp picture, good colors, and no "artifacts" noticed - filling the 1.78:1 widescreen TV screen.
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Typically I enjoy documentaries and non fiction, but for a little change of pace I decided to watch this movie. Lee Marvin in Paint Your Wagon has long been a favorite of mine so I though I'd give this a shot. Delightfully funny movie with plenty of silliness from the cast.
I recommend it.
Enjoy,
PoppaMike
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By pgh girl on December 25, 2013
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Truly, this is one of the funniest movies I've seen. Laugh out loud belly laughs! Casting was perfect, but Oliver Reed steals the show. Who would imagine him as an Indian but a great casting director. This is not a western about the Old West. It takes place in 1908 Colorado during the Presidential campaign of Howard Taft. Horses mingle with the early automobiles. Lee Marvin (The Great Scout) and Oliver Reed (Joe Knox) pull off a sting operation against a previous partner who scammed them out of a lot of money. But this is secondary to the relationship that develops among the group of "stingers" This movie is definitely not for the politically correct--only for those with a sense of humor. I miss 1976, the year this movie was made.
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