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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 »

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Audrey Young ...
Juanita Hawkins
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Judge Benbow
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Jake Frame
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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
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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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SEE THE LAST WORD IN NECKWEAR! (original print ad - all caps - caption for illustration of necktie party) See more »


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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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The story was based on an actual law in effect in Montana in the 1880s, which stated that a man who killed another man was responsible for the care and support of his victim's family. See more »

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Chester Wooley: Marriage is a three ring circus: the engagement ring, the wedding ring and suffering.
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Featured in The World of Abbott and Costello (1965) See more »

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A Funny Feature From A & C.
27 October 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Abbott & Costello play two salesman named Duke Egan & Chester Woolley in the old west who, while visiting the rowdy town of Wagon Gap in Montana become famous after Chester is believed to have shot a notorious outlaw. Unfortunately, this means that Chester inherits his wife widow Hawkins(played by Marjorie Main) and his many children of varying ages. Duke is assigned as his guardian, and at first poor Chester is worked to death, but later realizes that, since no man envies his position, makes him the perfect sheriff, since no one dares oppose him for fear of being the new husband! This will change when it is learned the widow will soon be rich... Clever comedy uses an old obscure law for good comedic effect. Result is a most amusing and appealing film from the team, with Miss Main being their near-equal.


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