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Wackiest Wagon Train in the West [VHS] (1976)

Bob Denver , Forrest Tucker , Bruce Bilson , Earl Bellamy  |  G |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Bob Denver, Forrest Tucker, Ivor Francis, Jeannine Riley, Lori Saunders
  • Directors: Bruce Bilson, Earl Bellamy, Jack Arnold, Oscar Rudolph
  • Writers: Brad Radnitz, Elroy Schwartz, Howard Ostroff, Ron Friedman
  • Format: Color, EP, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Front Row Video, Inc
  • VHS Release Date: May 22, 2001
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005BGPE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,250 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The movie called THE WACKIEST WAGON TRAIN IN THE WEST is actually a clumsily edited together collection of four episodes of Bob Denver's 1970s TV show, "Dusty's Trail". The creators of this DVD were obviously trying to cash in on the popularity of Gilligan's Island. The back cover mentions the word "Gilligan" no less than five times. This is not a surprise, given that "Dusty's Trail" itself simply took the premise and characters of "Gilligan's Island" and transplanted them into the Old West.

Instead of seven modern castaways, we have seven Nineteenth Century prospectors taking a less-than-direct route from St. Louis to California. The characters themselves have a precise isomorphic relationship to their "Gilligan's Island" counterparts. Bob Denver plays Dusty, who's clumsy, fumbling, and always managing to get everyone into trouble. Forrest Tucker ("F-Troop") is the replacement Skipper, called the Wagonmaster, who's in charge of the party. There's a smart guy, a rich guy (and his wife) and a simple small-town girl. The replacement Ginger is either a saloon girl or a prostitute, depending on how charitable you're feeling.

If that's not enough for you, the Skipper keeps referring to Gilligan... Sorry, I mean the Wagonmaster keeps referring to Dusty as his "little pal" instead of his "little buddy".

Growing up, I watched as much Nick At Nite as the next fellow. But until I bought this DVD, I'd never even heard of "Dusty's Trail" before.

Odd - I thought - since Bob Denver and Forrest Tucker are well-known classic TV stars.

Then, later, not odd at all - I thought - because the episodes on this DVD are absolutely terrible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Gilligan!!!Where's The "Good Guys"!!! June 7, 2006
This unfortunate short lived 70's TV series,starring Bob Denver was much better than his other TV series "Gilligans Island".The late great Bob Denver also did another short lived series"The Good Guys" 1968-70 with Herb Edelman.Hopefully Digiview and others should get that DVD released in the not so distant future.Thanks!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars it needed a laugh track! January 6, 2012
We have this "movie" in a 2004 packaging (from Westlake Entertainment Group), which has a different presentation cover than the one shown here. Many of the write-ups, including some of the DVD jackets, such as the one we have), claim this "movie" to be an editing of 3 episodes taken from the show "Dusty's Trail". However, a careful study of the changes and plot shifts reveal it to be from 4 EPISODES, not 3. These shows, were initially edited for their original TV network airings to run approximately 21-23 minutes, leaving time for commercials, in a full 30-minute time slot. When all of the commercials and credits are edited out, and only one set of (newer) opening and closing credits are added, the listed 88 minutes running time for the "movie" works out to about 21-22 minutes per sequence, which is clearly evident in the 4 distinct changes in the story lines. Specifically, the four episodes, in order, as used within this "movie", are: "Tomahawk Territory" (Episode 8), "Horse Of Another Color" (Episode 3), "There Is Nothing Like A Dame" (Episode 2), and "The Not So Magnificant Seven" (Episode 1). We hope this helps clear up any confusion on the matter...

For the record, the show "Dusty's Trail" ran for only 1 season, with 26 total episodes, from 11 September 1973 through 12 March 1974.

Now, as for this DVD "movie" itself, we have to say that while the show surely had its own funny moments, and was clearly similar to "Gilligan's Island", the "movie" could have been helped very much by the insertion of a "laugh track", which would have helped the humor and "nudged" the viewers into laughing along. As funny as the "movie" COULD have been, it needed a laugh track!

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Kansas City, MO
6 January 2012
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family DVD December 27, 2011
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If you are a Bob Denver fan this is a great find. It is silly and funny for the whole family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hillarious May 23, 2010
By David
I Never heard of Bob Denver untile i saw this movie. the guy is hillarious. i thought i'd never thought i'd like an old movie like this, but i was wrong. this movie is great. if you have not seen this movie then you should
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3.0 out of 5 stars Going where ? January 27, 2009
By gejome
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Class C movie. Acting,plot and story,all are overreach. attemptng to over comedy with mediocre acting performances producted a too sticky flick
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