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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

During the gunfight with the Indians, the same Indian wearing brown leather leggings and a gray long-sleeve shirt and riding a Pinto pony with a red halter and a purple saddle blanket is shot down two different times. 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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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Operation Double 007 (1993) 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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wacky comedy western starring Don Knotts
1 April 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Don Knotts star in this wacky comedy/western.Knotts plays a Philadelphia Dentist who head west to bring oral hygiene.he gets more than he bargained for,in the process.Dr. Jesse Heywood's penchant for being timid nervous,and bumbling provide some pretty funny moments.Knotts is pretty funny here,but i really Barbara Rhoades as Penny.i loved her spunky,and her take no guff attitude.she is the perfect foil for Knott's Zaniness.while this movie won't change your life,it should make you laugh.even if it wasn't funny,i think it would still work as just a western.for me,The Shakiest Gun in the West is a 7/10


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