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The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Western | 1 September 1967 (USA)
The South is losing the Civil War and the coffers are nearly empty. A group of Confederate spies steals a shipment of gold in San Francisco and attempts to deliver it to a Confederate ... See full summary »

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Michael D. Moore (as Michael Moore)

Writer:

Robert E. Kent
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Orbison ... Johnny
Sammy Jackson Sammy Jackson ... Steve
Maggie Pierce ... Flo Chesnut
Joan Freeman ... Sue Chesnut
Lyle Bettger ... Charlie
John Doucette ... Max
Patricia Donahue ... Stella
Ben Cooper ... Rink
Ben Lessy ... Indian Chief
Douglas Kennedy ... Joe
Len Hendry Len Hendry ... Deputy
Iron Eyes Cody ... 1st Indian
Domingo Samudio Domingo Samudio ... 1st Expressman (as Sam the Sham)
Wilda Taylor ... Emily
Victoria Carroll ... Margie
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The South is losing the Civil War and the coffers are nearly empty. A group of Confederate spies steals a shipment of gold in San Francisco and attempts to deliver it to a Confederate general in El Paso. Others know about the gold and seek to steal it from them, but the spies have a secret weapon: a guitar that shoots bullets.... Written by George S. Davis

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America's hottest singing star on the screen at last! (original print ads) See more »

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Comedy | Music | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Violão Heróico See more »

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Trivia

Elvis Presley was the first choice for the role of Johnny Banner, but he turned down the offer. See more »

Quotes

Sue Chesnut: You know how to shut me up.
[kisses Johnny]
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Connections

Referenced in Roy Orbison: One of the Lonely Ones (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Whirlwind
Composed by Roy Orbison and Bill Dees
Performed by Roy Orbison (uncredited)
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Not completely horrible!
16 April 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Roy Orbison and Sammy Jackson are both spies for the Confederacy who are planning on robbing a gold shipment. They pose as patent medicine salesmen and Roy also doubles as a dance hall singer.

This was the film that single-handedly killed Roy Orbison's acting career. It's hard to believe now, but in the 60s he was a VERY hot commodity and the Beatles were at one time HIS opening act! This movie was an attempt to make him like the new Elvis in movies, though his ability to play a romantic lead or show any emotion was nil. Perhaps given time he might have been a decent actor, but here he just isn't given much to work with and he just seems like a fish out of water.

So what's wrong with the film? Much of the problem were the songs. While most of Roy's songs were actually very enjoyable (despite having the sound of an electric guitar and orchestra in the Old West), a few of the song in the film were just awful. The "Goodtime Party" song was just awful and the music and clapping were way out of sync. In addition, there was a song by the dance hall girls without Roy near the beginning of the film that had me pondering suicide--it was THAT bad and the lyrics were wretched. The title alone of the song pretty much says it all--"Snuggle Huggle" and it was the only song in the film Roy didn't write or co-write.

As for the writing, it was generally fair to poor except when it came to the "kooky Indians". These supposed Indians were terribly unfunny and were less believable as Indians than when Mel Brooks played one in BLAZING SADDLES (and his was intended to be bad).

Overall, this is a very limp film only of interest to bad film freaks and the curious.


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