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Pistol Packin' Nitwits (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Western, Short | 4 April 1945 (USA)
Harry and his pal protect a pretty saloonkeeper from a gang of thugs.

Director:

Edward Bernds (uncredited)

Writers:

Harry Edwards (screen play), Edward Bernds (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
El Brendel ... Professor Brendel
Harry Langdon ... Harry
Christine McIntyre ... Queenie Lynch
Brad King ... Jack, the Indestructable Hero
Dick Curtis ... Rawhide Pete
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Storyline

Soap salesmen Professor Brendel (El Brendel) and Harry (Harry Langdon), who died before this film was released, set up shop in the front of a western-town saloon owned by Queenie Lynch (Christine McIntyre), and soon find themselves at odds with town bully Rawhide Pete (Dick Curtis), especially after they smear his shirt with axel grease. Rawhide also holds the mortgage on Queenie's saloon and is going to foreclose if she doesn't marry him. Two-Gun Jack (Brad King, barely hanging on after his short stint in the Hopalong Cassidy series) rides to get the money to pay off the mortgage and save Queenie from a fate worse than death. Christine McIntyre gets to display her excellent singing voice(along with her usual other excellent attributes) in a rendition of "Father, Dear Father" and cameraman L. W. O'Connell, or director Harry Edwards, smartly keeps the camera on her through all umpteen-hundred verses of the old meller-drammer tear-jerker song. That alone makes this short a must for CM ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

Guns a-poppin! Fun's a-comin! [Title card]

Genres:

Comedy | Western | Short

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Harry Langdon died of a cerebral hemorrhage a month after filming of this short was completed. In addition, El Brendel's contact with Columbia was terminated following Langdon's death. See more »

Connections

Remade as Out West (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, Susanna
Written by Stephen Foster
Played on piano and danced by El Brendel and Harry Langdon
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User Reviews

 
A dismal farewell to two star comedians

Pistol Packin' Nitwits was the final Columbia short to both star El Brendel and Harry Langdon and it's essentially a poor western-themed comedy with either star barely hitting the mark. Christine McIntyre and Dick Curtis, at least, give it some authenticity, but the end result is just bad. So bad that the original director Harry Edwards was fired during production and eager novice Edward Bernds (who shares on-screen story credit with Langdon) was hired to finish it, but he later admitted he wasn't proud of the final product and was later dubbed by him as "A Columbia mistake", but Bernds would later be one of Columbia's finest contributors in the studio's short-subjects department until his departure in 1952.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tenderfeet See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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