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The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Western  |  10 July 1968 (USA)
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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 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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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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Comedy | Western

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10 July 1968 (USA)  »

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Pancser a vadnyugaton  »

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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

After Penny leaves, Heywood is sitting at the table in the bar with a blond lady. The lady drinks the liquor in her glass, draining it dry. But then there is a shot of the table and there is still liquid in her glass. See more »

Quotes

Jesse Heywood: [drunk] Failure, failure, failure, failure, failure, failure, failure. That's the story of my life, you know. Two things have always been my downfall - I have always been the most failure of anybody, and I'm too thin.
Saloon Girl: [drunk] But I don't think you're too thin.
Jesse Heywood: Ah, it's all bloat. Bloated thin failure! That's me.
[waggles both of his thumbs at himself]
Saloon Girl: I think you're wonderful. I just love a man that can't make his mark in life.
Jesse Heywood: Uhuh Penny, uhuh Penny, she's really something, you know that?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Beatniks (1992) See more »

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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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very, very funny, vintage Don Knotts
29 December 2005 | by (Winnipeg, Canada) – See all my reviews

I love this movie. It is hilarious. Don Knotts proves once again why he was so beloved by audiences, especially children. His winning, comedic character is so sweetly vulnerable. He is a great example to today's comedians, who rely on vulgarities and smart-Alec comments to "entertain" audiences. There are many wonderful supporting players on hand, such as Carl Ballantine, Pat Morita and Donald "Red" Barry. And of course the lovely Barbara Rhoades. Seeing this film as a little boy in the theatre, I thought there was no lovelier creature on the planet-- especially in that green velvet dress!

I hope this commentary is more helpful than the inane, pseudo-intellectual ramblings of the previous comment, which, if it was not made in jest, should have been-- there is no other excuse for it. At least we both agree-- this is a terrific film!


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