You Can't Win 'Em All (1970)

GP | 97 mins | Comedy, Adventure | 24 July 1970

Director:

Peter Collinson

Writer:

Leo V. Gordon

Producer:

Gene Corman

Cinematographer:

Ken Higgins

Editor:

Raymond Poulton

Production Designer:

Seamus Flannery

Production Company:

S. R. O.
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HISTORY

Burt Kennedy was originally attached to direct the film, then titled The Dubious Patriots, according to a 21 Apr 1969 DV news item. On 2 Jul 1969, Var announced that Peter Collinson would direct instead of Kennedy, with Tony Curtis and Charles Bronson set to co-star. Three months of shooting were scheduled to take place entirely in Turkey, at locations in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, and Efes.
       Principal photography began on 21 Jul 1969, as stated in a 1 Aug 1969 DV production chart. Five weeks of shooting in Istanbul, where locations included the Sait Halim Pasha Manor, were followed by a month of filming in Goreme, Turkey, the 10 Sep 1969 Var noted. On 22 Oct 1969, Var reported that production had recently been completed on schedule “despite a hex on the picture which produced two or three road deaths, and accidents to personnel and horses during shooting.” Tony Curtis was quoted in the 5 Nov 1969 Var as saying that filming in Turkey was “miserable.”
       An item in the 15 Apr 1970 Var announced the title change to You Can’t Win ‘Em All. The picture opened on 24 Jul 1970 to largely negative reviews.
       Michael Maslansky served as unit publicist, as stated in an 11 Jun 1969 Var brief. ... More Less

Burt Kennedy was originally attached to direct the film, then titled The Dubious Patriots, according to a 21 Apr 1969 DV news item. On 2 Jul 1969, Var announced that Peter Collinson would direct instead of Kennedy, with Tony Curtis and Charles Bronson set to co-star. Three months of shooting were scheduled to take place entirely in Turkey, at locations in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, and Efes.
       Principal photography began on 21 Jul 1969, as stated in a 1 Aug 1969 DV production chart. Five weeks of shooting in Istanbul, where locations included the Sait Halim Pasha Manor, were followed by a month of filming in Goreme, Turkey, the 10 Sep 1969 Var noted. On 22 Oct 1969, Var reported that production had recently been completed on schedule “despite a hex on the picture which produced two or three road deaths, and accidents to personnel and horses during shooting.” Tony Curtis was quoted in the 5 Nov 1969 Var as saying that filming in Turkey was “miserable.”
       An item in the 15 Apr 1970 Var announced the title change to You Can’t Win ‘Em All. The picture opened on 24 Jul 1970 to largely negative reviews.
       Michael Maslansky served as unit publicist, as stated in an 11 Jun 1969 Var brief. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
21 Apr 1969
p. 4.
Daily Variety
1 Aug 1969
p. 8.
Daily Variety
1 Jul 1970
p. 2.
Los Angeles Times
29 Apr 1969
Section H, p. 13.
Los Angeles Times
20 Aug 1970
Section E, p. 16.
Los Angeles Times
27 Aug 1970
Section D, p. 21.
New York Times
25 Jul 1970.
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Variety
11 Jun 1969
p. 28.
Variety
2 Jul 1969
p. 35.
Variety
10 Sep 1969
p. 32.
Variety
10 Sep 1969
p. 125.
Variety
22 Oct 1969
p. 35.
Variety
5 Nov 1969
p. 27.
Variety
15 Apr 1970
p. 20.
Variety
22 Jul 1970
p. 20.
Variety
22 Jul 1970
p. 27.
Variety
9 Dec 1970
p. 24.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Gene Corman Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2nd unit dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Prod for Turkey
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2nd unit photog
Cam op
2nd unit cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Asst art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Ward for Miss Mercier
Turkish cost
MUSIC
Mus & main titl theme
Mus arr & main titl theme
Mus cond
MAKEUP
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
2nd unit asst dir
Prod mgr
Loc mgr
Cont
2nd unit cont
Casting dir
Horsemaster
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Dubious Patriots
Release Date:
24 July 1970
Premiere Information:
Dallas and New York openings: 24 July 1970
Los Angeles opening: 26 August 1970
Production Date:
21 July--mid October 1969
Copyright Claimant:
S. R. O.
Copyright Date:
1 July 1970
Copyright Number:
LP38029
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
97
MPAA Rating:
GP
Countries:
United States, United Kingdom, Turkey
Language:
English
PCA No:
22507
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1922, Adam Dyer and Josh Corey, two former soldiers in the U. S. Army, join a band of Turkish mercenaries. Seeking to aid the Sultan of the crumbling Ottoman Empire, they are hired by the local governor, Osman Bey, to escort his three daughters to Smyrna and to protect a gold shipment that is to accompany the three girls and their companion, Aila. Also hired to protect the gold is Colonel Elci, who instead plots to steal the shipment. Eventually Adam discovers that the gold is really lead, but he is informed by Aila that the caravan is secretly carrying a casket full of jewels. Adam, Josh, and Aila agree to share the treasure. Colonel Elci also learns of the jewels, but Aila kills him when he tries to steal them. Aila and Josh then escape with the jewels to Smyrna with Adam in pursuit, but Smyrna has been overrun by revolutionaries. The three are captured and the jewels lost, but they have unwittingly brought an ancient copy of the Koran, which the rebel general had been seeking. The grateful general releases the three to continue their ... +


In 1922, Adam Dyer and Josh Corey, two former soldiers in the U. S. Army, join a band of Turkish mercenaries. Seeking to aid the Sultan of the crumbling Ottoman Empire, they are hired by the local governor, Osman Bey, to escort his three daughters to Smyrna and to protect a gold shipment that is to accompany the three girls and their companion, Aila. Also hired to protect the gold is Colonel Elci, who instead plots to steal the shipment. Eventually Adam discovers that the gold is really lead, but he is informed by Aila that the caravan is secretly carrying a casket full of jewels. Adam, Josh, and Aila agree to share the treasure. Colonel Elci also learns of the jewels, but Aila kills him when he tries to steal them. Aila and Josh then escape with the jewels to Smyrna with Adam in pursuit, but Smyrna has been overrun by revolutionaries. The three are captured and the jewels lost, but they have unwittingly brought an ancient copy of the Koran, which the rebel general had been seeking. The grateful general releases the three to continue their adventures. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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