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The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (1947)

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78 min | Action, Comedy, Family

Chester Wooley (Lou Costello) and Duke Egan (Bud Abbott) are traveling salesmen who make a stopover in Wagon Gap, Montana while en route to California. During the stopover, a notorious criminal, Fred Hawkins, is murdered, and the two are ...See moreChester Wooley (Lou Costello) and Duke Egan (Bud Abbott) are traveling salesmen who make a stopover in Wagon Gap, Montana while en route to California. During the stopover, a notorious criminal, Fred Hawkins, is murdered, and the two are charged with the crime. They are quickly tried, convicted, and sentenced to die by hanging. The head of the local citizen's committee, Jim Simpson (William Ching), recalls a law whereby the survivor of a gun duel must take responsibility for the deceased's debts and family. The law spares the two from execution, but Chester is now responsible for the widow Hawkins (Marjorie Main) and her seven children. They go to her farm, where Chester is worked by Mrs. Hawkins from dawn to dusk. To make matters worse, Chester must work at the saloon at night to repay Hawkin's debt to its owner, Jake Frame (Gordon Jones). Her plan is to wear Chester down until he agrees to marry her. Chester quickly learns that no one will harm him, for fear that they will have to support Mrs. Hawkins and her family. Simpson makes Chester the sheriff in hopes that the fear of him will help clean up the lawless town. For protection, Chester carries around a photograph of Mrs. Hawkins and her kids. The approach works for a while, and Chester is heralded as a hero. Meanwhile, Duke still plans to go to California and tries to get Judge Benbow (George Cleveland) to marry Mrs. Hawkins, in order to free him and Chester from their obligations. He starts a rumor that Mrs. Hawkins is about to become rich once the railroad buys her land to lay tracks. The rumor takes on a life of its own, with everyone trying to kill Chester in hopes of marrying Mrs. Hawkins (and becoming wealthy in the process). Frame eventually confesses to Hawkins' murder; Duke and Chester are cleared and allowed to leave town, but not before they admit that the railroad rumor was fabricated by them. Benbow still wants to marry Mrs. Hawkins, and she agrees. She then announces that the railroad actually did offer her substantial money, and she is now wealthy. Written by RP See less
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Director
Charles Barton (as Charles T. Barton)
Writers
Robert Lees (screenplay) | Frederic I. Rinaldo (screenplay) | John Grant (screenplay) | D.D. Beauchamp (based on a story by) | William Bowers (based on a story by)
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Release date
Oct 8, 1947 (United States)

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57 cast members
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Bud Abbott
Duke Egan Duke Egan   See fewer
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Lou Costello
Chester Wooley Chester Wooley   See fewer
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Marjorie Main
Widow Hawkins Widow Hawkins   See fewer
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Audrey Young
Juanita Hawkins Juanita Hawkins   See fewer
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George Cleveland
Judge Benbow Judge Benbow   See fewer
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Gordon Jones
Jake Frame Jake Frame   See fewer
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William Ching
Jim Simpson Jim Simpson   See fewer
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Peter M. Thompson
Phil (as Pete Thompson) Phil (as Pete Thompson)   See fewer
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Bill Clauson
Matt Hawkins Matt Hawkins   See fewer
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Billy O'Leary
Billy Hawkins Billy Hawkins   See fewer
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Pamela Wells
Sarah Hawkins Sarah Hawkins   See fewer
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Jimmy Bates
Jefferson Hawkins Jefferson Hawkins   See fewer
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Paul Dunn
Lincoln Hawkins Lincoln Hawkins   See fewer
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Diane Florentine
Sally Hawkins Sally Hawkins   See fewer
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Wade Crosby
Squint Squint   See fewer
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Murray Leonard
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Fred Aldrich
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Al Bain
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Bobby Barber
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Roy Bucko
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Jack Curtis
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Harry Evans
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Jack Evans
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Edward Peil Sr.
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Bob Reeves
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6.8 / 10 | 962 votes