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The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)

Unrated | | Comedy, Western | 10 July 1968 (USA)
A pardoned stagecoach robber, becomes government agent and marries a naive unsuspecting east-coast dentist in order to join a wagon train and catch the smugglers who have been selling guns to the Indians.

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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
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Mr. Hiram Remington
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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:

Arma cea mai tremurătoare din Vest  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of William Christopher's unaccredited roles playing as the hotel manager. See more »

Goofs

When Doc Heywood is bragging in the bar about how he killed all the Indians, an older cowboy with white hair and a beard occasionally repeats his words, and when Doc said, "A plan began formulating in my mind," the other fellow repeated him, but his audio said "A plan" while his mouth was clearly saying something else. See more »

Quotes

Penelope 'Bad Penny' Cushings: You know something? You're a lot spunkier than I thought you were.
Jesse Heywood: I get that from my mother.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Beatniks (1992) 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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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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