almost 6 years
Only Jerry Lewis could exceed Knotts's atrocious overacting and lack of comedy
The Shakiest Gun in the West is a 1968 Western comedy film starring Don Knotts. It was directed by Alan Rafkin and written by Jim Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum.
The film is a remake of The Paleface, a 1948 movie starring Bob Hope and Jane Russell.
Jesse W. Haywood graduates from dental school in Philadelphia in 1870 and goes west to become a frontier dentist. As a "city slicker", he finds himself bungling in a new environment.
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.
Facing prison, Penelope is offered a pardon if she will track down a ring of gun smugglers that also involves a local Indian tribe. She tricks Haywood into a sham marriage as a disguise.
Haywood inadvertently becomes the legendary "Doc Haywood" 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...