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The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 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.

Director:

Alan Rafkin

Writers:

James Fritzell (screenplay by) (as Jim Fritzell), Everett Greenbaum (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Knotts ... Jesse W. Heywood
Barbara Rhoades ... Penelope Cushings
Jackie Coogan ... Basch
Don 'Red' Barry ... Rev. Zachary Gant (as Donald Barry)
Ruth McDevitt ... Olive
Frank McGrath ... Mr. Remington
Terry Wilson ... Welsh
Carl Ballantine ... Swanson
Pat Morita ... Wong
Robert Yuro ... Arnold the Kid
Herb Voland ... Dr. Friedlander (as Herbert Voland)
Fay DeWitt ... Violet
Dub Taylor ... Pop McGovern
Hope Summers ... Celia
Dick Wilson ... 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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Trivia

Based on the 1948 Bob Hope, Jane Russell movie, The Paleface (1948). See more »

Goofs

As the bartender counts on his fingers the number of shots Doc Heywood fired, a modern Bandaid is visible on his left ring finger. 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: Operation Double 007 (1993) 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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Barney Fife Goes West
4 September 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This story by Edmund Hartman and Frank Tashlin has certainly got an endearing quality because two comics managed to get hit movies from it. The Shakiest Gun In The West is a reworking of the Bob Hope-Jane Russell classic, The Paleface. Into Hope's shoes steps Don Knotts trembling all the way to the bank.

Knotts takes his Barney Fife character and has him graduate Philadelphia Dental College and decide to take Horace Greeley's advice and go west to seek fame and fortune.

Like Hope he gets himself tangled up with a lady bandit played by the curvaceous Barbara Rhoades. Barbara might not have the development of Jane Russell, but there are few who do. Anyway she's been promised a pardon if she'll find out who's selling guns and whiskey to the Indians.

And to get west she needs a schnook and when Bob Hope's not around, Don Knotts will certainly do. But Knotts certainly has an endearing quality to him as she finds out.

Some western veterans like Don Barry, Terry Wilson, Dub Taylor are all in this cast. This film was the farewell performance of Frank McGrath, best known as one of Hollywood's premier stunt men who turned actor and played Charlie Wooster on Wagon Train. Jackie Coogan is in this one too, playing a church deacon.

Some of the gags from The Paleface are repeated here and some might say get better with age.

Definitely a film for Barney Fife fans the world over.


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Language:

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Release Date:

10 July 1968 (USA) See more »

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