Thursday, Jun 2024
Director: Alan Rafkin
Screenwriters: James Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum
Length: 101 minutes
Released: 1968

the shakiest gun in the west posterDirector Al Rafkin and Don Knotts rekindle the Andy Griffith Show magic is this wacky Western. Jesse Heywood (Don Knotts) is the wet-behind-the-ears dentist who leaves the East to build a practice on the frontier. Along the way he hooks up with reforming outlaw Penelope Cushings (Barbara Rhoades). The story has many parrallels to Son of Paleface, where Bob Hope is the fish-out-of-water dentist and Jane Russell is the hotshot. In both movies, it is the woman who saves the dentists hide. Fans of Don Knotts will not be disappointed with his efforts here...


  • Don Knotts....Jesse Heywood
  • Barbara Rhoades....Penelope Cushings
  • Jackie Coogan.... Basch
  • Don 'Red' Barry.... Rev. Zachary Gant
  • Ruth McDevitt.... Olive
  • Frank McGrath.... Remmington
  • Terry Wilson.... Welsh
  • Carl Ballantine.... Swanson
  • Pat Morita.... Wong
  • Robert Yuro.... Arnold the Kid
  • Herb Voland.... Dr. Friedlander
  • Fay DeWitt.... Violet
  • Dub Taylor.... Pop McGovern
  • Hope Summers.... Celia
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