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How the West Was Fun (9 Movie Pack)
How the West Was Fun
9 Movie Pack
Actors: Bob Denver, Mickey Rooney, Walter Brennan, John Astin, Forrest Tucker
Genres: Westerns, Comedy
NR     2007     13hr 15min


     
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Actors: Bob Denver, Mickey Rooney, Walter Brennan, John Astin, Forrest Tucker
Genres: Westerns, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Westerns, Comedy
Studio: St. Clair Vision
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 04/17/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/1944
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1944
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 13hr 15min
Screens: Black and White,Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Laugh when you say that, Pard!
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 03/13/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"HOW THE WEST WAS FUN consists of nine movies plus three chapters of a western-flavored TV sit-com. Cowboy stars here include Hoot Gibson, Walter Brennan, Guy Madison, Chill Wills, Forrest Tucker and Andy Devine.

NOTABLES--

THE BROTHERS O'TOOLE-- A solid cast fronted by TV's Gomez Addams (Astin). Hans Conried supplied many cartoon voices in the 1950's and '60s. Jesse White's last role was as the lonely Maytag repairman-- a part he played to perfection for many years.

MY OUTLAW BROTHER-- Mickey Rooney's comic turn as a young easterner travelling to Mexico in search of a brother who's involved with a gang of desperados. Good cast, silly premise.

PISTOLS 'N' PETTICOATS-- Twenty-six episodes of P & P aired at 8:30 pm over CBS-TV from 9/17/66 to 3/11/67. Series stars were Ann Sheridan, Carole Wells and Ruth McDevitt.

TEXAS, BROOKLYN AND HEAVEN-- Best film here has a great cast which includes WWII hero Audie Murphy (in a minor role), plus the folks who played the Wicked Witch of the West ("The Wizard of Oz"), Fred Mertz ("I Love Lucy"), Granny ("Beverly Hillbillies") and that Maytag guy again!

THE WACKIEST WAGON TRAIN IN THE WEST-- Sherwood Schwartz, creator of "I Dream of Jeannie" and "Gilligan's Island," tried to repeat his "Gilligan" success with this Bob Denver vehicle. The format of "Dusty's Trails" blatantly mirrored Schwartz's "seven stranded castaways" concept, right down to the individual characters: the wagonmaster (Forrest Tucker) as "The Skipper" and Dusty (Denver) as his "little buddy." The lost wagon substitutes for the shipwrecked S.S. Minnow and there's even a brainy guy, a wealthy couple, a wholesome lass (Lori Saunders of "Petticoat Junction"), and a dancehall gal (ala "the movie star"). "Dusty's Trails" came to an end after one sorry season. This feature film was created from three of that sit-com's episodes.


ST. CLAIR DVD multi-packs are reasonably priced, and offer fine quality video/audio transfers of unrestored public domain material. Discs are single-side recorded, plastic storage cases fairly sturdy, movie liner notes appear on box's back cover and most DVDs include bonus items.


COMEDY CLASSICS (also from ST. CLAIR) features movies starring Bob Hope, Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy, Danny Kaye and Cary Grant.

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Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings found at a film resource website. Data for "Pistols 'n' Petticoats" includes episode numbers, titles, original airdates and guest stars.

DISC ONE--
(2.6) The Wackiest Wagon Train In the West (1976) - Bob Denver/Forrest Tucker/Lori Saunders/Ivor Francis/Jeannine Riley/Lynn Wood/William Cort/Don 'Red' Barry
(4.4) The Brothers O'Toole (1973) - John Astin/Pat Carroll/Hans Conried/Lee Meriwether/Jesse White
(5.1) Oklahoma Annie (1952) - Judy Canova/John Russell/Grant Withers/Minerva Urecal/Denver Pyle/Fuzzy Knight
BONUS:
(#22) The Golden Fleece ("Pistols 'n' Petticoats") (2/11/67) - Pat Buttram/Judy Canova


DISC TWO--
(1.8) Fair Play (TV-1972) - Paul Ford/Robert Middleton/Paul Glaser
(5.1) The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again (TV-1970) - Walter Brennan/Fred Astaire/Edgar Buchanan/Andy Devine/Chill Wills/Pepper Martin
(4.7) The Marshal's Daughter (1953) - Hoot Gibson/Johnny Mack Brown/Jimmy Wakely/Buddy Baer/Ken Murray (uncredited: Walter Brennan)
BONUS:
(_#6) The Triangle ("Pistols 'n' Petticoats") (10/22/66) - Charles Ruggles


DISC THREE--
(4.9) My Outlaw Brother (1951) - Mickey Rooney/Wanda Hendrix/Robert Stack/Robert Preston
(6.7) Fuzzy Settles Down (1944) - Buster Crabbe/Al St. John (uncredited: Holly Bane)
(6.8) Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven (1948) - Guy Madison/Diana Lynn/Lionel Stander/Margaret Hamilton/Irene Ryan/William Frawley/Audie Murphy/Jesse White
BONUS:
(#12) Shoot-Out At O'Day Corral ("Pistols 'n' Petticoats") (12/3/66) - Stuart Margolin/Don Beddoe"