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The Slowest Gun in the West (1960)

The town of Primrose, Arizona is beset by outlaws, so the towns people hire Fletcher Bissell III, a.k.a. The Silver Dollar Kid, as their new Sheriff. Fletcher is so cowardly, the townsfolk ... See full summary »

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Fletcher Bissell III, The Silver Dollar Kid
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Chicken Finsterwald
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Black Bart
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Ike Dalton
Karl Lukas ...
Jake Dalton
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Billy the Kid Blake
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Sam Bass
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Jud McCory
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'Wild Bill' Monks
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'Doc' Henley
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The Bartender
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'Skunk' Sloan
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Kathy McQueen
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Collingswood
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Col. Carl Dexter
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The town of Primrose, Arizona is beset by outlaws, so the towns people hire Fletcher Bissell III, a.k.a. The Silver Dollar Kid, as their new Sheriff. Fletcher is so cowardly, the townsfolk are sure that the local outlaws will be too proud to gun him down. This proves to be the case, and the outlaws hire their own cowardly gunfighter, Chicken Farnsworth, to go up against The Silver Dollar Kid. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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7 May 1960 (USA)  »

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The Phil Silvers Special: The Slowest Gun in the West  »

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Pilot for a series that wasn't picked up. See more »

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"Simpson" refers to two of the outlaws as "Wild Bill Monk" and "Billy the Kid Blake" but the actors playing the roles--John Dierkes and Robert J. Wilke--are credited as playing "Wild Bill Hicock" and "Butcher Blake" on screen. See more »

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An early television memory.
17 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

This was an amusing comedy which I believe was shown the during the summer of 1960. The show was about how Phil Silvers was cleaning up a crime ridden town in the old west, sometimes using methods that were...shall we say a little anachronistic. In one sequence he ruins a young gunslinger by convincing him that his dependence on his two six-shooters was based on an unhappy childhood deprived of his toys. You hear him shooting it out, and as he stumbles out of the building, he looks at his two guns and mutters (in happy tears), "My Teddy Bears!" The bad guys hire Jack Benny to bring down the cowardly Silvers, only to hire his criminal opposite number. Benny and Silvers ended the show in the most preposterous show-down in western history. To prove their superiority over the other they have to be more cowardly - so each yells "You draw first!" to the other. We watch them in place with the town growing up around them. Only at the tail end of the show do we see who won the show-down.


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