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The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (1947)

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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 »

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Marjorie Main ...
Audrey Young ...
Juanita Hawkins
George Cleveland ...
Judge Benbow
Gordon Jones ...
Jake Frame
William Ching ...
Jim Simpson
Peter M. Thompson ...
Phil (as Peter Thompson)
Bill Clauson ...
Matt Hawkins
Bill O'Leary ...
Billy Hawkins (as Billy O'Leary)
Pamela Wells ...
Sarah Hawkins
Jimmy Bates ...
Jefferson Hawkins
Paul Dunn ...
Lincoln Hawkins
Diane Florentine ...
Sally Hawkins
Rex Lease ...
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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

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8 October 1947 (USA)  »

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A szekér sóvárgó özvegye  »

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$720,000 (estimated)
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This was the only feature film to be adapted into the Bud Abbott and Lou Costello comic book. See more »

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Chester Wooley: That wild goose chase of yours is going to lay an egg.
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Featured in The World of Abbott and Costello (1965) See more »

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Costello does a Sheriff in Drag Arresting The Bad Guys in Stitches
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This Abbott & Costello outing is definitely a very much formula Comedy Western done in the late 1940's when all the movies were pretty much formula. Director Charles Barton who worked with the boys more than any other director does pretty well here. Barton never became a household name as a director but anyone who is a fan of the team knows his name was the most frequent one with them.

The best thing about this film is Marjorie Main. She is a major addition to a cast which includes Gordon Jones. Marjorie does comedy well including her Ma Kettle films but in this one she plays off and supports A&C just fine. She is the Widow here and as in the case of the Kettles has a big household of young ones. This is very much in her element of comedy.

While Abbott & Costello do not get a lot of verbal comedy in this, there is enough of them for their fans. Some of the special effects used we OK then but look dated now. At least there is not a lot of musical interruptions to annoy the viewer in this one. Overall, this one is much better than their worst outings.


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