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Pistol Packin' Nitwits (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Western, Short | 4 April 1945 (USA)
Harry and his pal protect a pretty saloonkeeper from a gang of thugs.



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Complete credited cast:
El Brendel ...
Professor Brendel
Queenie Lynch
Jack, the Indestructable Hero
Rawhide Pete


Soap salesmen Professor Brendel (El Brendel) and Harry (Harry Langdon), who died before this film was released, set up shop in the front of a western-town saloon owned by Queenie Lynch (Christine McIntyre), and soon find themselves at odds with town bully Rawhide Pete (Dick Curtis), especially after they smear his shirt with axel grease. Rawhide also holds the mortgage on Queenie's saloon and is going to foreclose if she doesn't marry him. Two-Gun Jack (Brad King, barely hanging on after his short stint in the Hopalong Cassidy series) rides to get the money to pay off the mortgage and save Queenie from a fate worse than death. Christine McIntyre gets to display her excellent singing voice(along with her usual other excellent attributes) in a rendition of "Father, Dear Father" and cameraman L. W. O'Connell, or director Harry Edwards, smartly keeps the camera on her through all umpteen-hundred verses of the old meller-drammer tear-jerker song. That alone makes this short a must for CM ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Guns a-poppin! Fun's a-comin! [Title card]


Comedy | Western | Short


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Release Date:

4 April 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tenderfeet  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Edward Bernds worked as sound engineer for this short, as well as receiving story credit along with Harry Langdon, although Bernds later admitted that it was not a good final product. See more »


Remade as Out West (1947) See more »


Jingle Bells
Played on piano and danced by El Brendel and Harry Langdon
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Going Out Swinging
20 July 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is the infamous short which is supposed to have killed Langdon: he had a cerebral hemorrhage and died soon after it was finished. Since it was 1: a Columbia short and 2: costarred El Brendel, who reasonably held the record of World's Worst Comic Actor between Al Joy -- who, by the way, turned out shorts that were no worse than your average 1970s situation comedy: not great perhaps, but relatively painless to anyone who has ever sat through a Brady Bunch marathon -- and Paulie Shore, it is supposed to be an awful short.

Think again. It is actually a pretty good short. True, it does have the usual Columbia monstrosities, but it also has a funny story, some good comic acting, Christina McIntyre gets to sing for a change and Harry and El do a fine little dance-and-piano number.

Shed no tears for Harry. He worked steadily in the movies, did some interesting work -- his PRC features are very funny -- and he lived a very comfortable life, just as Buster Keaton did in his last decade. He went out in harness turning out a good comedy. There's nothing wrong with that, and this one is a bit of all right too.

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