Don Knotts Reluctant Hero Pack

Review of Don Knotts Reluctant Hero Pack (The Ghost And Mr. Chicken / The Reluctant Astronaut / The Shakiest Gun In The West / The Love God?) (1969)

A collection of four of Don Knotts movies from the 1960’s—the best known is The Ghost and Mr. Chicken but all four provide solid laughs.  The most unusual is The Love God? – a satire on American culture’s preoccupation with sex, the so-called sexual revolution, and American society.  In short, it’s a collection of four very funny Don Knotts comedies for less than $10.00.  Who could ask for more? Continue reading

The Shakiest Gun in the West

The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968) starring Don Knotts, Barbara Rhoades

In short, The Shakiest Gun in the West is a very funny Don Knotts movie. Set in the American Old West, Don plays the part of Jesse W. Haywood, a recent graduate from Dentistry school, who is going out west to make his fortune. His final exam in dentistry school is funny, as is his boarding the train out West. Along the way, his stagecoach is held up by two robbers (his reaction being very funny in itself) — and one of the two robbers is a lovely woman, “Bad Penny” Cushing (Barbara Rhoades).  She is soon arrested, and given an opportunity for a pardon in exchange for infiltrating a wagon train heading out west and breaking up a ring of gun smugglers.

The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968) starring Don Knotts, Barbara Rhoades

The agent who was going to pose as her husband is murdered.  So she sets her sights on the first available single manDon Knotts!  After a rocky introduction, the beautiful Penny has our hero besides himself, pretending to have a toothache, and soon has them both in front of a preacher, getting married — despite the groom’s protests. Sealed with a kiss, the newlyweds join the wagon train — and along with the audience, they meet various members of the wagon train, including the gun runners: a pretend “preacher” (Don ‘Red’ Barry) and his minion, Jackie Coogan. Continue reading

The Reluctant Astronaut

The Reluctant Astronaut (1967) starring Don Knotts, Leslie Nielsen

Don Knotts takes his ‘nervous fraidy-cat’ character to outer space (or at least to orbit) in this funny, family-friendly comedy.  The Reluctant Astronaut begins with Roy Fleming (Don Knotts in the title role) appears to be in a space capsule orbiting the earth—until the camera zooms out, and reveals that instead, he’s operating a kiddie ride at an amusement parkContinue reading

The Prize Fighter

The Prize Fighter, co-starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts

The Prize Fighter is a very funny, very sweet comedy.  Set in Depression-era America, Tim Conway stars as Bags Collins who has a perfect record as a boxer – twenty fights, twenty knockouts—and twenty losses.  His manager, Shakes, is the ‘brains’ of the team, played by Don KnottsContinue reading

The Private Eyes

The Private Eyes (1980), co-starring Tim Conway and Don Knotts

Don Knotts and Tim Conway co-star in The Private Eyes –  a silly little comedy where they spoof the murder mystery in general, and Sherlock Holmes in particular.  Called from Scotland Yard, Inspector Winthrop (played by Don Knotts), and his bumbling assistant Dr. Tart (played with mindless abandon by Tim Conway) to solve the murder of Lord Morely, the plot begins to resemble “Ten Little Indians” as people are killed off, one by one, with a not-quite-rhyming note left behind by the murderer.  Continue reading