17 April 2019 | Hey_Sweden
Comedy and Western fans should dig it.
Set against the backdrop of the William Howard Taft presidential campaign, "The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday" is a bright, lively, appealing Western-comedy. Lee Marvin is fun as always as renowned Indian scout Sam Longwood, and fiery, wisecracking half-breed Joe Knox (Oliver Reed, of all people), and feisty old codger Billy (Strother Martin) are his accomplices in various shenanigans. What they really want is for their nemesis, Jack Colby (Robert Culp) is to pay them the money he's owed them for a long time. The trio find that they have their hands full when "Thursday" (ever-lovely Kay Lenz), a purloined prostitute, insists on tagging along for most of the ride.
This is a fun movie. It's not a comedy classic, but it's pleasant enough, with some amusing lines of dialogue along the way. There's action, beautiful scenery, and even a bit of slapstick. Everybody involved seemed to have had a good time, with actor-turned-director Don Taylor ("Escape from the Planet of the Apes") leading this circus in style. And for those who are interested, there is some partial nudity from some of the female co-stars.
The main value of "The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday" is in the assemblage of talent. Marvin is wonderful (and has some very goofy facial expressions here and there), and Martin of course remains a real gem of a character actor. Culp is a smooth, unflappable villain. Elizabeth Ashley adds to the sex appeal playing Culps' unloved wife, and in an odd turn of events, she ends up joining the Marvin-Martin-Reed-Lenz gang. Lenz is as adorable as she's ever been, and the viewer does enjoy seeing her assert herself, endear herself to the rest of the gang, and try to escape the clutches of her maniacal madam (Sylvia Miles). But the real star of this picture has to be Reed, who's hilarious, despite what looks to be egregious miscasting. It's just too funny when he's misled about the cure for the clap.
John Cameron composed the jaunty score and Alex Phillips Jr. was in charge of the gorgeous cinematography for this amiable romp, which was written by Richard Alan Shapiro, whose numerous credits include the TV series 'Dynasty' and 'The Colbys'.
All in all, this does show its audience a good time, and knows how to leave them with a smile.
Seven out of 10.