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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

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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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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

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

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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Don knotts is a comical genius...
14 May 2000 | by (Tulsa Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie,by accident.It reminded me a lot,of the book,The Puppy Who Lost his Way.It was filled with well written classic comedy,that I can only see Mr. Knotts performing. The boy,being society.I think it was followed in spirit by other films further down the line.Funny Farm,and it's own references to a miss-adventures in an element that is not ones own. I give it four and a half stars on a scale of five.Two thumbs up,fine holiday fun.....


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