The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap


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Chester Wooley (Lou Costello) and Duke Egan (Bud Abbott) are traveling sellers who stop at Wagon Gap in Montana on their trip to California. During the stop, the infamous criminal Fred Hawkins, who is charged with committing a crime, is murdered. They are quickly brought to justice, sentenced and sentenced to death by hanging. Local Citizens Commission leader Jim Simpson (William Ching) remembers the law that a gun duel survivor must take responsibility for the deceased's debts and family. The law saves the two from execution, but Chester is now responsible for the widow Hawkins (Marjorie Main) and her seven children. They go to their farm where Mrs. Hawkins works from morning to night. To make matters worse, Chester has to work in the living room at night to pay Hawkin's debt to his owner Jake Frame (Gordon Jones). He will tire Chester until he agrees to marry her. Chester quickly learns that no one will hurt him, fearing that they will have to support Mrs. Hawkins and her family. Simpson makes Chester the sheriff, hoping that fear of him will help free the city from lawlessness. Chester carries a photo of Mrs. Hawkins and her children for protection. This approach works for a while and Chester is declared a hero. In the meantime, Duke still plans to go to California and tries to convince Judge Benbow (George Cleveland) to marry Mrs. Hawkins to relieve him and Chester of their duties. He starts the rumor that Mrs. Hawkins will get rich soon if the railroad buys her land to take steps. The rumor begins to live its own life, everyone tries to kill Chester in the hope that they will marry Mrs. Hawkins (and get rich in the process). Frame finally confesses to the Hawkins murder; Duke and Chester are being cleaned and may be leaving town, but they admit that the railroad rumors were made up. Benbow still wants to marry Mrs. Hawkins and agrees. Then he announces that the railroad has actually offered it considerable money and is now rich.... Show more

In my opinion The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap is one of the most impressive films. It's hard to find a movie done this well. Charles Barton has several directorial successes. The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap is the only movie I saw full, more than once. The richness of dialogue, which is the power of this image, arouses the respect of the recipient, especially when compared to today's productions, most of them are very poor. Easily the movie with the best dialogues ever. It's a movie for everyone, I'm sure you'll like it after watching.... Show more

Directors: Charles Barton
Countries: United States
Release: 1947
Duration: 78 min
IMDb Rating: 7.3