Restless gambler and wayward rascal James Coburn can't resist a pretty lady or the chance at gold. This is a rootin', tootin', tongue-in- cheek comedy western that packs a passel of laughs. There's brothel action, waterhole skirmishes and sheriff's shootouts.
I just wanted to say funny. They played fumble football hide the gold while Coburn played hide the salami. Then I glanced at another comment and remembered. I was thinking a minute on the times, looked up Maggie Blye, who died just 2 short years ago, and imagined an interview with her. I would ask if she thought they would change up the barn scene today? Would she do it differently today? Was she uncomfortable doing it? Is that how women were viewed, they will succumb if you press hard enough? I had forgotten about all those scenes from back in the day where a woman would fight off a man while he kissed her and then finally join in. And then her daddy's reaction. Typical for that day. Things have changed. NOW WE HAVE 50 SHADES OF GREY WHERE THEY BEAT ON EACH OTHER. Anyway, it looked like they had fun making this film. I doubt they were trying to push the stereotype or make a statement. Well, I've rambled. Have we grown as a nation on how we view women? What we find funny? I know I don't like modern comedy.
This movie would not be made today. But neither would Blazing Saddles. What a loss that would be just because some overly sensitive idiots looking to be offended would jump up on their soap box and ramble on. It'd funny. It's in bad taste quite often. So what. I laughed. I laughed when I saw it in the theatre and I laughed when I watched it in my home. I'll laugh every time watch it.
Entertaining westerns are always good and this one is included. James Coburn and Carroll O'Connor never disappoint either. Great fun all around. And Maragret Blye, the female lead is shapely and feminine, more-so than most actresses today.. which is a real shame...
There is a scene where the con-man (James Coburn) does the card version of the shell game to perfection just before going out to do a gunfight. He throws off the scene in such a manner that you can't help but laugh. The gunfight is classic as well. Afterwards, he obtains information concerning a treasure that is placed in the vicinity of waterhole number 3. By the time he gets to the town on the way to the waterholes, he needs a new horse. So he talks to the Sheriff and his Deputy (Caroll O'Connor and Bruce Dern) about the location of a good horse. It just happens that the best horse is the Sheriff's and is not for sale. The con-man, not to be slowed down at all, locks the Sheriff and the Deputy in their own jail and gives them an incentive to keep quite about it. When he gets caught in the barn with the horse (and his pants around his ankles) by the Sheriff's daughter (Margaret Blye), he takes a little time to get to know her. The Sheriff upon finding that his horse is gone is heartbroken, but learns from his daughter that the con-man has gone into the desert. For their own reasons, both the Sheriff and his daughter are intent on tracking the con-man down. General mayhem ensues and when the dust settles, the con-man is left with having to make a decision about his priorities. Once the decision is made and he acts on it, the only thing left is to roll the credits, stop the film and realize that you have enjoyed the roller coaster ride for the last couple of hours (no heavy lifting required). Honorable mention goes to Joan Blondell, Claude Aikens and James Whitmore for fun moments in the film as well. Over all, it's a well paced, fun romp.Waterhole #3
The acting is good by actors who are good at acting. The story line/plot is OK but not very clever. An entertaining movie if you want something that doesn't require a great deal of thinking. It's mostly lighthearted fluff and if that's what you're in the mood for, you'll like it.