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Hugh Wilson got the idea for this film while working on the series he created, WKRP in Cincinnati (1978). That show was shot on the CBS lot in Studio City, CA. Before CBS bought it, it belonged to Republic Pictures, the studio that produced hundreds of low-budget westerns, exactly like the kind being spoofed in this film.
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The outfit that Peter (G.W. Bailey) wears is an homage to Smiley Burnette who was the "sidekick" for Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and Charles Starrett in most of the western movies made in the 1940s and 1950s. He always wore a checked shirt and a black hat with the brim turned up in front. He also rode a white horse with a black ring around one eye.
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Appearing in this western parody is Patrick Wayne who is the son of "the Duke", Hollywood western great John Wayne.
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This was the first movie that Hugh Wilson directed after the box-office hit Police Academy (1984). A few crew members from that film worked on this one, as well as actors Brant von Hoffman and G.W. Bailey.
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The "roots" that the characters eat were raw (uncooked) potatoes, both white and sweet.
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The picture features a window-boxed black-and-white opening sequence, which was a recreation of an old western. It then segues into color with the narrator saying, "I wonder what one of these movies would look like today?"
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The nickname of Rex O'Herlihan was the "Singing Cowboy".
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The name of Rex O'Herlihan's dancing white 'wonderhorse' was "Wildfire".
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The number of films that Rex O'Herlihan starred in during 1938-1947 was 52.
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Rex O'Herlihan's wardrobe consisted of ten big hats, a dozen pairs of silver-tipped shoes and 14 designer cowboy suits.
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Final film of actor John Orchard.
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One of two 1985 western spoofs. The other was Lust in the Dust (1985). ¡Three Amigos! (1986) followed in 1986.
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One of two 1985 western spoofs. The other was Lust in the Dust (1985).
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Despite the notorious financial and critical failure of Heaven's Gate (1980), the Hollywood films industry within about five years of that movie bizarrely revived the oater movie genre during the mid-80s producing a mini-cycle of Western movies of which this western spoof was one. In 1985, the dream factory churned out such Western oaters as Silverado (1985), Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985), Pale Rider (1985) and Lust in the Dust (1985).
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This was the first movie that Hugh Wilson directed after the box-office hit Police Academy (1984). A few crew from that cop comedy worked on this western parody as well as actors Brant von Hoffman and G.W. Bailey.
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Director Cameo 

Hugh Wilson: Uncredited, as Complaining John.
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