A gold prospector buys a wife from a Mormon and agrees to share her with his mining partner when she insists they all live together.
Mindful that her presence in an all-male town might give rise to jealousy, he hijacks a stagecoach carrying six working girls and opens a brothel in town.
Alan Jay Lerner invented a new “adult” plot, quite unnecessarily, for this screen version of his own Broadway show, in which Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood share Jean Seberg in a ménage à trois.
Joshua Logan directs with the heaviest of hands, and only Harve Presnell as Rotten Luck Willie emerges with credit, but then he does have all the best songs, although it was Marvin who topped the UK charts with Wandrin’ Star.
Clint uses his own singing voice charmingly, too, and there’s some of the finest chorale work (directed by Roger Wagner) ever heard in a film musical.
Rotten Luck Willie
Mad Jack Duncan
H B Haggerty
Eddie Little Sky