The Shakiest Gun in the West
VIDEO of The Shakiest Gun in the West – Don Knotts
|The Shakiest Gun in the West|
|Directed by||Alan Rafkin|
|Produced by||Edward Montagne|
|Written by||Jim Fritzell
|Screenplay by||Frank Tashlin
|Music by||Vic Mizzy|
|Edited by||Tony Martinelli|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$1,650,000 (US/ Canada)|
On his way west, the stagecoach is held up and robbed by two masked bandits. A posse catches one of them, Penelope “Bad Penny” Cushing (Barbara Rhoades).
Facing prison, Penelope is offered a pardon if she will track down a ring of gun smugglers that also involves a local Indian tribe. Because the wagon train she plans to accompany will not permit single women to join, she tricks Haywood into asham marriage as a disguise.
Haywood inadvertently becomes the legendary “Doc the Heywood” after he guns down “Arnold the Kid” and performs other exploits (all with covert assistance from Penny).
There are a couple of scenes which parody similar scenes in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance with John Wayne and James Stewart. The stage coach holdup scene is the first encounter that both city dudes have with the “wild west”. In the gunfight scene, both “dudes” are about to be shot down in duels with experienced gunfighters when they are saved by one of the good guys who shoots the villain from a hidden position which makes the shooting look like the underdog winning a legitimate gunfight.
- Don Knotts as Dr. Jesse W. Heywood
- Barbara Rhoades as Penelope ‘Bad Penny’ Cushings
- Jackie Coogan as Matthew Basch
- Burt Mustin as Old Artimus
- Don ‘Red’ Barry as Rev. Zachary Gant (as Donald Barry)
- Ruth McDevitt as Olive
- Frank McGrath as Mr. Remington
- Terry Wilson as Welsh
- Carl Ballantine as Abel Swanson
- “Big Rental Films of 1968”, Variety, 8 January 1969 p 15. Please note this figure is a rental accruing to distributors.
- IMDb full credits