The Shakiest Gun in the West

The Shakiest Gun in the West
The Shakiest Gun in the West
  • NR
  • 1h 40m
  • 1968
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Knotts stars as Jesse W. Heywood, a timid Pennsylvania dentist who leaves the comfort of the East to bring modern dentistry to the West. The misadventures begin when Jesse is duped into marrying a statuesque redhead (and reformed stagecoach bandit) who has agreed to finger the men responsible for selling whiskey to the Indians. Soon, Jesse and his bride are involved in a series of shootouts against renegade Indians and the town bad guy, and the desperate dentist is forced to switch from gums to guns in this rollicking comedy romp.

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Common Sense Says
Wacky Don Knotts Western spoof has lots of drinking.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Shakiest Gun in the West is as much a parody of Western movies as it is an opportunity for Don Knotts to engage in slapstick buffoonery. As a comedic and slapstick take on the Western, the biggest concern is the amount of drinking going on. In the saloons, characters down shots; in a fit of despair, Knotts' character gets drunk and laments his fate, slurring his speech and falling over. During a celebration, Native Americans are shown passing a whiskey bottle around and drinking to excess. While perhaps this is to be expected -- after all, a western without whiskey would be like a third grade little league game without Capri Sun -- the comical intoxication may be a bit much for families hoping to avoid explaining such behavior to younger kids.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Family
  • Release Date:March 30, 1968
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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