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The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)

 -  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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Black Eagle (Indian chief)
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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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Comedy | Western

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Unrated

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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

One of the crimes listed on Bad Penny's wanted poster is hijacking. The word "hijacking" didn't enter the language until Prohibition in the 1920s. See more »

Quotes

Rev. Zachary Gant: Reverend Zachary Grant and my minion Matthew Basch.
Jesse Heywood: Lovely couple.
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Connections

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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Don Knotts meets Bob Hope
14 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you happen to own or rent the Don Knotts "Reluctant Hero" pack, this is one of the four films, and probably the least strong in terms of comedy. It is a remake of the movie Paleface, with Bob Hope and Jane Russell, not exactly shot for shot, but close. A lot of the same jokes were used, and the plot is identical.

However, I still recommend this film. It's got some very funny stuff. While I'm not usually a fan of remakes, I thought this WAS better than Paleface, though it could just be I saw this one so many times first. Son of Paleface I had seen before Paleface, and I enjoy that one quite a lot.

Apart from the comedy in this film, we get Barbara Rhoades, the love interest. Let me just say, VA VA VOOM! YOWZA! and COR, BLIMEY! You'll have to see for yourself though....

This fits nicely into Knotts' "reluctant hero" idea, and I recommend it overall. It's a fun film.

P.S. "How's it going, Heywood?"


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