Dirty Dingus Magee

Dirty Dingus Magee

Dirty Dingus Magee
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Burt Kennedy
Produced by Burt Kennedy
Screenplay by Tom Waldman
Frank Waldman
Joseph Heller
Based on the novel The Ballad of Dingus Magee 
by David Markson
Starring Frank Sinatra
George Kennedy
Anne Jackson
Jack Elam
John Dehner
Music by Jeff Alexander
Cinematography Harry Stradling Jr.
Edited by William B. Gulick
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates November 18, 1970
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Dirty Dingus Magee is a comic 1970 David Markson and the screenplay was partly written by Joseph Heller.[1] It was directed by Burt Kennedy.


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Reception 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Hoke Birdsill rides into Yerkey's Hole demanding the law take action because Dingus Magee has robbed him. There is no law, so the mayor, Belle, who also runs the town's bordello, sees to it that Hoke becomes the new sheriff.

Dingus keeps getting away with his crimes, helped by Anna Hot Water, his young Indian companion. But when he tries to steal from Belle, he finds Hoke has beaten him to it. Hoke enjoys being on the other side of the law, so Dingus turns the tables, becoming sheriff to go after him.

After being rivals for so long, Dingus and Hoke eventually team up, burning Belle's brothel to the ground.



Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times thought the movie was awful: "I lean toward blaming Frank Sinatra, who in recent years has become notorious for not really caring about his movies. If a shot doesn't work, he doesn't like to try it again; he might be late getting back to Vegas. What's more, the ideal Sinatra role requires him to be in no more than a fourth of the scenes, getting him lots of loot and top billing while his supporting cast does the work."[2]


  1. ^ Dirty Dingus Magee at the TCM Movie Database.
  2. ^ Roger Ebert, "Dirty Dingus Magee" Nov. 23, 1970 http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/dirty-dingus-magee-1970

External links