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The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)

Passed | | Comedy, Western | 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

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 knows trouble when he flees it. 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 »

Company Credits

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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Trivia

Herb Voland's first film role. See more »

Goofs

After Penny leaves, Heywood is sitting at the table in the bar with a blond lady. The lady drinks the liquor in her glass, draining it dry. But then there is a shot of the table and there is still liquid in her glass. See more »

Quotes

Jesse Heywood: [very drunk and slurring] I got on a romance track. Then I got on a gunslinger's track. I gotta get back on that dentist's track!
[looks at the saloon girl, who is passed out with her head on the table]
Jesse Heywood: Go ahead and laugh! Laugh all you like! I'm not a failure. I'm a dentist, a REAL dentist! And I'll tell you what I'm gonna do, I'm gonna spread dental health through the West like a plague!
[throws his arm out and falls down drunk]
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Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

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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very, very funny, vintage Don Knotts
29 December 2005 | by wynne-1See all my reviews

I love this movie. It is hilarious. Don Knotts proves once again why he was so beloved by audiences, especially children. His winning, comedic character is so sweetly vulnerable. He is a great example to today's comedians, who rely on vulgarities and smart-Alec comments to "entertain" audiences. There are many wonderful supporting players on hand, such as Carl Ballantine, Pat Morita and Donald "Red" Barry. And of course the lovely Barbara Rhoades. Seeing this film as a little boy in the theatre, I thought there was no lovelier creature on the planet-- especially in that green velvet dress!

I hope this commentary is more helpful than the inane, pseudo-intellectual ramblings of the previous comment, which, if it was not made in jest, should have been-- there is no other excuse for it. At least we both agree-- this is a terrific film!


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