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* FunWithSubtitles: During Larry's segment parodying French cinema, the subtitles seem to be slightly delayed and suspiciously short compared to the French dialogue. The reason? The spoken lines are actually quite sexual in nature while the subtitles translate it with a simple "She's pretty."



* LogoJoke: The 20th Century Fox logo is pink, because Kelly's character has ''everything'' painted that color.



* LogoJoke: The 20th Century Fox logo is pink, because Kelly's character has ''everything'' painted that color.


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* OverlyLongName: Following her numerous marriages, Louisa's full name by the end of the movie is Louisa May Foster Hopper Flint Anderson Benson [[spoiler: Crawley]].


* NeckSnap: Mitchum's character dies by getting kicked into mid-air by his bull and it's assumed the crash impact after hitting the Earth and splashing into a trough broke his neck and claimed his life.

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* NeckSnap: Mitchum's character dies by getting kicked into mid-air by his bull and it's assumed the crash impact after hitting the Earth and splashing into a trough broke his neck (as well as possibly his spine and any other multiple bones in his body) and claimed his life.

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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Newman's character ends up on the receiving end of this by his painting machines before they explode which claimed his life due to him being within the radius.


* GoOutWithASmile: Van Dyke's character is [[TheUnsmile technically]] an example of this trope.


* GroupieBrigade: Causes the death of Kelly's character.

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* GroupieBrigade: Causes the death of Kelly's character.character, trampling and crushing him to death.



* NeckSnap: Mitchum's character dies by getting kicked into mid-air by his cow and it's assumed the crash impact after hitting the Earth and splashing into a trough broke his neck and claimed his life.

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* NeckSnap: Mitchum's character dies by getting kicked into mid-air by his cow bull and it's assumed the crash impact after hitting the Earth and splashing into a trough broke his neck and claimed his life.

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* HollywoodHeartAttack: The possible medical cause of Louisa's first husband's death after overworking himself.


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* NeckSnap: Mitchum's character dies by getting kicked into mid-air by his cow and it's assumed the crash impact after hitting the Earth and splashing into a trough broke his neck and claimed his life.


* CostumePorn / UnlimitedWardrobe: Especially during the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RGGZmgINQA Mitchum sequence]].

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* CostumePorn / UnlimitedWardrobe: Especially CostumePorn: Louisa runs the gamut during the movie, wearing everything from furs to near-rags. Explicitly parodied during the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RGGZmgINQA Mitchum sequence]].sequence]].
* CoveredInGunge: At the very end of the movie, [[spoiler: Louisa and Leonard end up covered in crude oil, after he accidentally severs an oil company's pipeline with his attempt at farming.]]



* DarkestHour: A sort of anti-HopeSpot occurs at the very end of the film, when as noted above [[spoiler: Leonard appears to have struck oil while attempting to farm, leaving Louisa standing there in despair as she gets drenched with the stuff.. until it turns out he's actually severed an oil company's underground pipeline.]]



* SpitefulWill: Van Dyke's character leaves everything to Louisa, except for a one roll of chicken-wire to the now-bankrupt Leonard, referencing a confrontation between the two earlier on.



* UnlimitedWardrobe: Again, parodied during the Mitchum sequence, with Louisa running through five or six extravagant costume changes in as many minutes.



* {{Workaholic}}: Louisa's first husband becomes one and relentlessly turns his small-town general store into a national business empire. He also dies from overwork.
-->"Which all goes to prove, a little hard work never killed anybody!" ''[thud]''

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* {{Workaholic}}: Louisa's first husband becomes one and relentlessly turns his small-town general store into a national business empire. He also dies from overwork.
And then finally...
-->"Which all goes to prove, a little hard work [[TemptingFate never killed anybody!" anybody]]!" ''[thud]''

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* ImagineSpot: All of the film-parodies are examples of this on Lousia's part. Also a brief one where she pictures her then-rich boyfriend Leonard as a literal snake behind the wheel of his convertible.


* FamousLastWords:
** "A little hard work never killed anybody!" [[spoiler: Edgar Hopper]]
** "One hundred and fifty thou!" [[spoiler: Larry Flint]]
** "Melrose! Forgive me!" [[spoiler: Rod Anderson, Jr.]]
** "Look who's here! It's me! It's your Pinky!" [[spoiler: Pinky Benson]]



-->"It just goes to show, a little hard work never killed anybody!" ''[thud]''

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-->"It just -->"Which all goes to show, prove, a little hard work never killed anybody!" ''[thud]''

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* OhCrap: This is the last expression that both Mitchum and Kelly's characters display before their demise.


* CartwrightCurse: Gender-flipped.

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* CartwrightCurse: Gender-flipped.Gender-flipped and played for BlackComedy with Louisa's curse that has taken multiple husbands already. [[spoiler:It takes, ironically enough, TheJinx to end it.]]



* SpringtimeForHitler: Louisa can't get rid of her money, no matter how hard she tries.

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* SpringtimeForHitler: Louisa can't get rid of her money, no matter how hard she tries. And pretty often her attempts unfortunately end with her husband du jour dead.


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* UnluckilyLucky: Dean Martin's character [[spoiler:and final husband Leonard is an extraordinarily unlucky fellow, but by the end of the film he married Louisa (who is rich so no problem on that end for some time to come... maybe... or at least it isn't by the time the movie ends) and his own immense unluck cancels out her CartwrightCurse.]]

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* ThunderingHerd: Kelly's character gets trampled to death by one.


* KillerRobot: A group of them ''paint'' Newman's character to death.

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* KillerRobot: A group of them ''paint'' Newman's character to death.death....and explode.


* CostumePorn / UnlimitedWardrobe: Especially during the Mitchum sequence.

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* CostumePorn / UnlimitedWardrobe: Especially during the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RGGZmgINQA Mitchum sequence.sequence]].


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* {{Fanservice}}: Louisa wears a lot of outfits that show off her figure.


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* GoldDigger: Averted with Louisa, to her money grubbing mother's chagrin, she just wants a simple life with a husband and children but ends up marrying men who became wealthier and distracted from the marriage and it ends up killing them.


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* SexyBacklessOutfit: Parodied in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RGGZmgINQA Lush Budgett production]] scene where Louisa reveals a lot of back with a ridiculously long cigarette holder.

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