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The Legend of Frenchie King
Les Petroleuses poster.jpg
French theatrical release poster
Directed by Christian-Jaque
Produced by Francis Cosne
Raymond Erger
Written by Marie-Ange Aniès
Daniel Boulanger
Clément Bywood
Eduardo Manzanos Brochero
Jean Nemours
Starring Brigitte Bardot
Claudia Cardinale
Music by Francis Lai
Cinematography Henri Persin
Edited by Nicole Gauduchon
Release dates
16 December 1971
Running time
94 minutes
Country France
United Kingdom
Language French
Box office 2,234,479 admissions (France)[1]

The Legend of Frenchie King (French: Les Pétroleuses) is a 1971 French western comedy film directed by Christian-Jaque and starring Claudia Cardinale and Brigitte Bardot.



In Bougival Junction, Texas in 1888 the Francophone town is led by Marie Sarrazin. A new family arrives, calling themselves the Millers, but in fact they are the daughters of the hanged outlaw Frenchie King and his eldest daughter Louise seeks to keep her father's name alive by donning men's clothing and continuing his criminal ways. Louise and Maria fight but when they are both jailed they team up to take revenge on the town's men.[3]


The film received generally negative reviews. Bardot's performance in particular was criticised by Jean Loup Passek, who noted how uncomfortable she seemed in the film's outdoors action setting.[4] Writing in Variety Gene Moskowitz dismissed the film as "predictable, naive and gauche" whilst Tom Milne called it "drearily unfunny".[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Box office information for film at Box Office Story
  2. ^ Tony Crawley, Bébé: The Films of Brigitte Bardot, London:LSP Books, 1975, p. 230
  3. ^ Crawley, Bébé, p. 231
  4. ^ Crawley, Bébé, p. 233
  5. ^ Crawley, Bébé, p. 234

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British Journal of Photography

British Journal of Photography
Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:37:30 -0800

The exhibition features O'Neill's well-known portraits of Mick Jagger, Peter Sellers and one less seen image of Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale on the set of The Legend of Frenchie King. Leman says the exhibit includes the work of lesser known ...

Budapest Times

Budapest Times
Sat, 26 Sep 2015 00:41:15 -0700

11 Claudia Cardinale received the honorary award for a lifetime achievement last weekend at the Jameson CineFest in Miskolc. Starring in films such as “Once Upon a Time in the West”, “8 ½” and “The Leopard”, the Italian actress has enchanted and ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:33:02 -0800

This photo of Brigitte Bardot was taken while she was making western The Legend Of Frenchie King in 1971. It was the last shot on the film roll and I was waiting, thinking 'Shall I take it?'. The wind suddenly blew up, I involuntarily pressed the ...

PR Newswire (press release)

PR Newswire (press release)
Fri, 25 Sep 2015 13:53:27 -0700

The silkscreen features renown actress, Brigitte Bardot, smoking a slim cigar on the set of "The Legend of Frenchie King" in Spain, 1971. This original photograph is in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Museum in London. It has been ...


Tue, 10 Mar 2015 03:07:30 -0700

These include large format reproductions of the posters for the films And God Created Woman and Contempt, the costume drawings for The Legend of Frenchie King, sheet music, magazine articles and even a personal postcard from BB to the designer Paco ...


Sun, 22 Jun 2014 07:13:33 -0700

I had this great spot, I'd edged in when they were filming [The Legend of Frenchie King] and I'm just waiting and I realized I only had one shot left and the wind blew, and I hit it. It's going to make or break this picture. It took me three days ...


Mon, 17 Feb 2014 09:41:03 -0800

Terry O Neill – O'Neill was friendly with Ava Gardener, the actress and ex-wife of Frank Sinatra. In 1968 she wrote a letter introducing O'Neill to the legendary crooner. "I'm waiting for him to come on the set of a film and he walks around the corner ...


Fri, 25 Mar 2016 00:07:13 -0700

To 1971,στα γυρίσματα του γουέστερν «The Legend of Frenchie King» στην Ισπανία, η Μπαρντό καπνίζει ένα πουράκι, ο Ο'Νιλ την κοιτάζει ενώ του έχει μείνει μόνο μια στάση στο φωτογραφικό φιλμ και αναρωτιέται αν πρέπει να βγάλει τη φωτογραφία. Ξαφνικά ...

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