11 user 2 critic

The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (1947)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Family | 8 October 1947 (USA)
Chester Wooley (Lou Costello) and Duke Egan (Bud Abbott) are traveling salesmen who make a stopover in Wagon Gap, Montana while en route to California. During the stopover, a notorious ... See full summary »


(as Charles T. Barton)


(screenplay), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

On Disc

at Amazon


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Two ex-soldiers return from overseas--one of them having smuggled into the country a French orphan girl he has become attached to. They wind up running into their old sergeant--who hates ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Tom Brown
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Abbott & Costello's version of the famous fairy tale, about a young boy who trades the family cow for magic beans.

Director: Jean Yarbrough
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Buddy Baer
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Bud and Lou are unemployed actors living in Mr. Fields' boarding house. Lou's girlfriend Hillary lives across the hall. Any premise would lead to slapstick, puns, lots of gimmicks from their movies.

Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Sid Fields
Abbott & Costello (TV Series 1967)
Animation | Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The animated further misadventures of the comedy duo.

Stars: Bud Abbott, Stan Irwin, Don Messick


Cast overview, first billed only:
Audrey Young ...
Juanita Hawkins
Judge Benbow
Jake Frame
Jim Simpson
Peter M. Thompson ...
Phil (as Pete Thompson)
Bill Clauson ...
Matt Hawkins
Billy O'Leary ...
Billy Hawkins
Pamela Wells ...
Sarah Hawkins
Jimmy Bates ...
Jefferson Hawkins
Paul Dunn ...
Lincoln Hawkins
Diane Florentine ...
Sally Hawkins


Chester Wooley (Lou Costello) and Duke Egan (Bud Abbott) are traveling salesmen who make a stopover in Wagon Gap, Montana while en route to California. During the stopover, a notorious criminal, Fred Hawkins, is murdered, and the two are charged with the crime. They are quickly tried, convicted, and sentenced to die by hanging. The head of the local citizen's committee, Jim Simpson (William Ching), recalls a law whereby the survivor of a gun duel must take responsibility for the deceased's debts and family. The law spares the two from execution, but Chester is now responsible for the widow Hawkins (Marjorie Main) and her seven children. They go to her farm, where Chester is worked by Mrs. Hawkins from dawn to dusk. To make matters worse, Chester must work at the saloon at night to repay Hawkin's debt to its owner, Jake Frame (Gordon Jones). Her plan is to wear Chester down until he agrees to marry her. Chester quickly learns that no one will harm him, for fear that they will have to ... Written by RP

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


SEE THE LOSER TAKE LOU! (original print ad - all caps - caption for illustration of ongoing card game) See more »


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

8 October 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A szekér sóvárgó özvegye  »

Box Office


$720,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Patricia Alphin was originally cast as Juanita, but two weeks into shooting she was hospitalized with a burst appendix. She was replaced by Audrey Young. See more »


Chester Wooley: That wild goose chase of yours is going to lay an egg.
See more »


Featured in The World of Abbott and Costello (1965) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

One of their best
5 August 2003 | by (The Old West) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite Abbott and Costello movies and one of their best. There really isn't that much interplay between Abbott and Costello, despite the basics, as Marjorie Main consumes (or inhales) a lot of the attention. The classic and time consuming routines are also few and far between. The script is one of the tightest in the team's movies and there aren't really any dead spots. The supporting characters are very strong and Abbott and Costello don't have to scene steal to be effective. The plot is thus: Abbott and Costello come to Wagon Gap and shoot off a gun to make a statement. A man falls dead and, faster then you can say "railroad", Costello is made the sole supporter of the dead man's family. Marjorie Main plays the less then weeping widow. She's actually a very talented comedian, her gruff, manly demeanor aside. The townsfolk are seedy vigilantes and provide a hostile setting. The humor is great, with some great, subtle lines and a very funny routine where Costello gets smacked with paint while painting a fence. The best plot twist is Costello being named sheriff because no one will touch him (much less shoot him) as they would have to provide for the gruff and nagging Main. The typical hurricane ending is less chaotic and more pleasing then the regular. A lot of fun and one of my favorite Abbott and Costello movies.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: