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Paint Your Wagon

Released 1969
Distributor Paramount

Movie musicals don’t come with a more problematic pedigree than director Josh Logan’s PAINT YOUR WAGON. Starring two notably tone-deaf non-singers, Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood, and written by that exemplar of “Kitchen Sink” realism, Paddy Chayefsky, Logan’s film is a 2 1/2 hour musical made at a time when the genre was considered box-office poison (the film turned out to be one of Paramount’s highest grossing films but never earned enough to cover its budget). Marvin, who had a No. 1 hit in the UK with his rendition of “Wanderin’ Star”, turned down THE WILD BUNCH for this.

About Alan Spencer

Alan Spencer is best known for creating the classic satirical eighties sitcom Sledge Hammer! and the recent controversial "ultra violent" comedy Bullet in the Face for IFC. For years he's been regarded as one of Hollywood's top script doctors and has never lost a patient.