Saturday, April 10, 2021

Review of "The Wackiest Wagon Train in the West," starring Bob Denver and Forrest Tucker, DVD version

 Review of

The Wackiest Wagon Train in the West, starring Bob Denver and Forrest Tucker, DVD version

One out of five stars

An attempt to out Gilligan Gilligan

This is a really bad movie. Bob Denver plays Dusty, a bumbling incompetent that is based on the Gilligan character of the sixties sitcom “Gilligan’s Island.” Unfortunately, the mishaps are even worse than what took place at the hands of Gilligan. Furthermore, they simply don’t have the spark to generate a laugh as they are generally predictable.

 Forrest Tucker plays Wagonmaster Callahan that is a combination of the skipper in “Gilligan’s Island” as well as his role as Sergeant O'Rourke of “F-troop.” He even wears his hat in the same manner as the Sergeant. Again, the role is old and tired.

 Other characters are the very rich man and his elegant wife, (Thurston Howell and lovey from “Gilligan’s Island,”) the beautiful dance hall girl (Ginger), the plain girl, Mary Ann, and the smart man, (the professor.) Using recycled characters can work, but they clearly do not in this case.

 The movie is boring, often plodding and predictable, it is hard to watch in one sitting.

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