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The Slowest Gun in the West (1960)

The town of Primrose, Arizona is beset by outlaws, so the towns people hire Fletcher Bissell III (A.K.A. The Silver Dollar Kid) as their new sheriff. Fletcher is so cowardly the townsfolk ... See full summary »

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Fletcher Bissell III, The Silver Dollar Kid
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Chicken Finsterwald
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Ike Dalton
Karl Lukas ...
Jake Dalton
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Billy the Kid Blake
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George Keymas ...
Jud McCory
John Dierkes ...
'Wild Bill' Monks
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'Doc' Henley
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The Bartender
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'Skunk' Sloan
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Kathy McQueen
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Collingswood
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Col. Carl Dexter
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The town of Primrose, Arizona is beset by outlaws, so the towns people hire Fletcher Bissell III (A.K.A. The Silver Dollar Kid) as their new sheriff. Fletcher is so cowardly the townsfolk are sure that the local outlaws will be too proud to gun him down. This proves to be the case, and the outlaws hire their own cowardly gunfighter, Chicken Farnsworth, to go up against The Silver Dollar Kid. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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7 May 1960 (USA)  »

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The Phil Silvers Special: The Slowest Gun in the West  »

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Edward Brophy's final film. See more »

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"Simpson" refers to two of the outlaws as "Wild Bill Monk" and "Billy the Kid Blake" but the actors playing the roles - John Dierkes and Robert J. Wilke - are credited as playing "Wild Bill Hicock" and "Butcher Blake" on screen. See more »

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I could see why the networks passed on this one....
13 July 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Slowest Gun in the West" was a pilot for a TV series that wasn't picked up by the networks. After seeing it, I could easily see why...it was terrible.

The town of Primrose is filled with evil gunmen and a nasty boss (Bruce Cabot). However, the townsfolk want the place to be a nice place to live and keep hiring sheriff after sheriff--and they get killed one after another. One day, an abject coward, The Silver Dollar Kid (Phil Silvers) comes into town and the townsfolk get an idea--hire this annoying guy because he's such a coward that the gunmen won't kill him because they don't want to be known as the guy who murdered a totally yellow guy(?). And, using lots of anachronistic and annoying ways, the new sheriff brings peace to the land.

The show has three huge problems. The biggest is the ever-present and annoying laugh track. The other is that while this idea MIGHT have worked, it certainly wasn't enough to support a series. Additionally, Silvers and his shtick was 100% annoying and became grating as the show progressed. Overall, a rather dopey idea that just didn't work.


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