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Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx

Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx is a 1970 Irish-American comedy film directed by Waris Hussein and written by Gabriel Walsh. It stars Gene Wilder as the titular Quackser Fortune, a poor Irish manure collector who falls in love with an American exchange student (Margot Kidder) after she almost runs him over.

Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx
Original poster
Directed byWaris Hussein
Produced byMel Howard
John H. Cushingham
Written byGabriel Walsh
StarringGene Wilder
Margot Kidder
Music byMichael Dress
CinematographyGilbert Taylor
Edited byBill Blunden
Distributed byScotia-Barber (UK)
UMC Pictures (USA)
Release date
  • July 13, 1970 (1970-07-13) (NYC)
  • June 9, 1972 (1972-06-09) (Ireland)
Running time
90 minutes
Budget$1.2 million[1]


In Dublin, a working-class family has been unsuccessful in convincing their son to get a real job: the son prefers his job of scooping up horse's dung and selling it for flower gardens. An American exchange student almost runs him over and gets to know him. The dung man has ignored warnings from his family and suddenly the horses have been banned from Dublin. His new love is leaving for America and he must find a way to cope with the new reality.



The film was nominated for Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen (WGA Award - Screen) at the Writers Guild of America, USA in 1971.

Home mediaEdit

The film was released on DVD on September 7, 1999.[2]


In his autobiography, Wilder talks in detail about his experience making the movie. This includes that the original choice for director was the acclaimed Jean Renoir. Wilder described meeting with the director, who wanted to make the movie, but could not for a full year due to other commitments, so he was passed over.

Wilder also spoke at length about nearly adopting one of the young Irish extras that he'd become close to (whose impoverished parents supported the idea so that the boy could have a chance at a better life). However, the boy decided to remain in Ireland, so Wilder did not adopt him.


  1. ^ Mae West Back in Films For 'Myra Breckinridge' By HOWARD THOMPSON. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 14 Aug 1969: 26.
  2. ^ "Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx".

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