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The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)

Unrated | | Comedy, Western | 10 July 1968 (USA)
Jesse W. Haywood graduates from dental school in Philadelphia in 1870 and goes west "to fight oral ignorance." Meanwhile stagecoach robber Penelope "Bad Penny" Cushing is offered a pardon ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dr. Jesse W. Heywood
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Penelope 'Bad Penny' Cushings
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Matthew Basch
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Rev. Zachary Gant (as Donald Barry)
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Mrs. Olive Heywood
Frank McGrath ...
Mr. Hiram Remington
Terry Wilson ...
Welsh
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Abel Swanson
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Wong
Robert Yuro ...
Arnold the Kid
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Dr. Friedlander (as Herbert Voland)
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Violet
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Pop McGovern
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Celia
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Storyline

Jesse W. Haywood graduates from dental school in Philadelphia in 1870 and goes west "to fight oral ignorance." Meanwhile stagecoach robber Penelope "Bad Penny" Cushing is offered a pardon if she will track down a ring of gun smugglers. She tricks the bungling Haywood into a fictitious marriage as a disguise, and he becomes the heroic "Doc the Haywood" after he guns down "Arnold the Kid" and performs other exploits with Penny's help (unbeknown to him or anyone else). Written by Doug Shafer <dsshafer@uncc.edu>

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He knows trouble when he flees it. See more »

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Comedy | Western

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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10 July 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El pistolero más tembloroso del Oeste  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dr. Haywood has the same first name as actor Don Knotts. Both are named Jesse. See more »

Goofs

The Indians shoot the wheels of the wagon while Haywood is sleeping and the horses start to run. There is a cut to a wide shot showing Heywood's arms flailing wildly. But then there is a close-up and Heywood is just waking up. See more »

Quotes

[On his dream of opening a dress shop]
Pop: Just because I'm rough 'n' dirty 'n' don't wear underwear, doesn't mean I'm not artistic.
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Connections

Remake of The Paleface (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

The Shakiest Gun in the West
Words and Music by Jerry Keller and Dave Blume
Sung by The Wilburn Brothers
Courtesy Decca Records
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A barrel of laughs
8 March 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This was an enjoyable spoof of the western by the great actor Don Knotts. Knotts is in top form as a mild mannered man out of his element in the old west and plays Dr. Heywood with one of the greatest physical comedy performances I've seen. He is able to faint at one moment and at another freeze in place like a statue (that was one of my favorite gags)and let's not forget his hilarious bug eyed expressions.

The movie also features the pretty red haired Barbara Rhoades as Knott's love interest/protector who adds a twist on the heroic exploits of the western hero.

Overall this is a light hearted romp which left me laughing on numerous occasions.


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