Paint Your Wagon Backing Tracks : I Talk To The Trees … They Call It The Wind Mariah … Wandrin’ Star
Paint Your Wagon is a musical film based on the Broadway show.
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Ben Rumson (Lee Marvin) happens upon a wrecked wagon containing a dead man and his surviving brother, Pardner (Clint Eastwood), in the wilds of California during the Gold Rush. At the burial, they discover gold dust and stake a claim. Soon a mining camp dubbed “No Name City” emerges, rife with lonely men starved for female companionship. When a polygamist Mormon arrives looking to sell off a wife (Jean Seberg), a bidding war commences.
A drunken Ben winds up with the highest bid for Elizabeth and is married to Elizabeth under “mining law,” While she believes Ben is not the type to truly settle down, he builds a proper wooden cabin to provide her with some security.
News comes of the pending arrival of “six French tarts” to a neighbouring town and a plan is hatched to kidnap the women and bring them to “No Name City. Ben leads the mission and leaves Elizabeth in the care of Pardner. The two fall in love (“I Talk to the Trees“), whereupon Elizabeth, saying she also still loves Ben, convinces them that “if a Mormon man can have two wives, why can’t a woman have two husbands?” The arrangement works until the town becomes large enough that civilized people from the East begin to settle there. A parson begins to make a determined effort to persuade the people of No Name City to give up their evil ways.
Ben and a group of miners discover that gold dust is dropping through the floor boards of many of the saloons. They tunnel under all the businesses to get the gold.
A group of new settlers is rescued from the snow and the family is invited to spend the winter with Elizabeth and Pardner, who is assumed to be her only husband. Ben is left to fend for himself. In revenge, he introduces one of the family, to the pleasures of the saloon and brothel. This leads to Elizabeth dismissing both Ben and Pardner from the log cabin.
During a bull-and-bear fight, the streets collapse into the tunnel complex dug by Ben and the others and the town is destroyed. Ben departs for other gold fields, commenting that he never knew Pardner’s real name, which Pardner then reveals: Sylvester Newel. Elizabeth and Pardner reconcile and plan to stay.
Paint Your Wagon Backing Tracks
I Talk To The Trees … They Call It The Wind Mariah … Wandrin’ Star