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The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)

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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Alan Rafkin

Writers:

James Fritzell (screenplay by) (as Jim Fritzell), Everett Greenbaum (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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 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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He's so bad he was scalped by a cigar store Indian!! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arma cea mai tremurătoare din Vest See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Last screen appearance of Frank McGrath (1903-1967) See more »

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About 45 minutes into the movie, in the wedding scene, the vocalist sings "Oh, Promise Me." The movie is set in 1870, but the song wasn't published until 1889. See more »

Quotes

Rev. Zachary Gant: Reverend Zachary Grant and my minion Matthew Basch.
Jesse Heywood: Lovely couple.
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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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Similar to " Son of Paleface and Paleface " but not as good.
21 January 2007 | by woleary717See all my reviews

Don Knotts was true to form as a meek and weak man with a little gumption; his historical stereotype. Yes, this movie is a weaker version of a combined " Paleface and Son of Paleface " from earlier times. Barbara Rhodes is a very attractive woman with average acting skills. She is the best looking "cowboy" in her western duds. Her jeans look fabulous on her very shapely figure; she was poured into these pants like liquid wax into a mold. Barbara wears tall , tan ,suede cowboy boots with her jeans tucked inside with matching tan leather gun belt,; very sensual in her disguise as a male outlaw. Barbara, like Jane Russell in both Palefaces , becomes a reformed outlaw and marries the male star.By contrast, I have given " Son of Paleface " a value of 10 out of 10 for its effort in previous reviews. Jane Russell as a " cowboy outlaw "doesn't wear jeans but fancy stretch ski pants as her riding attire, over all Jane Russell is more sensual than Barbara.


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