Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx

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Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx
Original poster
Directed by Waris Hussein
Written by Gabriel Walsh
Produced byMel Howard
John H. Cushingham
Starring Gene Wilder
Margot Kidder
Cinematography Gilbert Taylor
Edited byBill Blunden
Music byMichael Dress
Distributed byScotia-Barber (UK)
UMC Pictures (USA)
Release dates
  • July 13, 1970 (1970-07-13)(NYC)
  • June 9, 1972 (1972-06-09)(Ireland)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryRepublic of Ireland
Budget$1.2 million [1]
Gene Wilder and Margot Kidder Gene Wilder Margot Kidder 1970.png
Gene Wilder and Margot Kidder

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 title character, a poor Irish manure collector who falls in love with an American exchange student (Margot Kidder) after she almost runs him over.



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, awards in 1971.

Home media

The film was released on DVD on September 7, 1999. [3]

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  1. HOWARD THOMPSON (14 August 1969). "Mae West Back in Films For 'Myra Breckinridge'". New York Times. p. 26.
  2. Murphy, Darragh Peter (3 September 2016). "Gene Wilder starred as a dung-scooper in an Irish film that featured RTE's political correspondent". TheJournal.ie.
  3. "Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx".