"Only the good die young."

"Most of us are morally ambiguous, which explains our random dying patterns."

  — Cain and Servo

The Movie




After her husband Scott (William Schallert), the sheriff of Oracle, is killed by two assailants, his widow Rose (Beverly Garland) is named temporary sheriff. That night, Rose asks Erica Page (Allison Hayes) to close her saloon in accordance with town regulations. The women fight, but eventually Erica closes for the night. After Rose exits, Erica tells lackey Jake (Jonathan Haze) to hire a killer, which he does, finding a man named Cane Miro (John Ireland). As Cane enters town, Rose shoots at him, mistaking him for a man she has been searching out. She apologizes. Cane tells Rose that he is going to Oracle to see town mayor Gideon Polk (Martin Kingsley).

Cane enters Erica's saloon, where Polk has been telling her that she has overextended herself by buying property along a proposed railroad track. Cane confronts him until Erica requests he stop. Erica reveals that Rose is the woman who she paid Cane to kill; however, if the proposed railroad track is a success, she admits that Rose may not have to die.

Rose follows Cane as he exits town. When he stops so she can catch up, they talk and eventually kiss. Jake watches and reports to Erica, who becomes irate. She demands he kill Rose immediately. Cane reminds her that they cannot change the deal they made. Cane later explains to Rose that Polk had been his commander at a battle which could have been a victory but that Polk ran, depressing his men, who were later decimated. Rose makes Cane promise not to harm Polk, but still has Polk placed in protective custody.



Cane becomes intoxicated. Erica enters his room, and Jake, who has been spying, sees the two kiss, but leaves before he sees Cane reject Erica. An embarrassed Erica orders Cane to kill Rose no matter what. When she returns to her saloon, Jake slaps her. Jake goes to Rose's office and tells her everything he knows. Back at the saloon, Jake draws a gun on Cane, who kills him. Rose does not arrest him as Erica claimed it was self-defense.

After receiving a letter from the Pony Express, informing her that the railroad will not be built, Erica rides into town, with the intent of Cane killing Rose. Deputy Joshua Tate (Chris Alcaide) is killed when he confronts them. Cane goes after Polk, killing his wife when she shields him. Cane then shoots and kills Polk. Rose enters town and Erica aims at her, but Erica is shot by Cane before she can pull the trigger. Rose and Cane exchange fire. After he is shot, Cane asks if Rose loved him, and she replies that she did. Cane is fatally wounded, and Rose rides out of Oracle, declaring she will never come back.[1]


  • Production of the film was plagued by misfortune. John Ireland and Beverly Garland were attacked by red ants during their romantic tree-sitting scene. Allison Hayes fell off her horse and broke her arm. Later, Beverly twisted her ankle and it became so swollen that her boot had to be cut off. The weather itself was even uncooperative, raining so much that many scenes had to be rewritten to be indoors, while others were shot outdoors under a tarp, and in either case making things muddy enough to make filming difficult. Corman wound up having to extend the film's intended six day shooting schedule to seven days, which he later recalled as the only time he ever had to go over schedule.
  • The interior of the saloon was also used for Scroop's Inn in Corman's The Undead.
  • The late William Schallert, who played Beverly's husband (the sheriff who was killed at the beginning of the movie), was well-known to TV audiences for his roles as the father on The Patty Duke Show, Dobie's high school teacher on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, and as Nilz Baris on the Star Trek episode The Trouble With Tribbles.
  • The Battle of Lookout Mountain was an actual historical event. It was a decisive victory for the North, allowing them to break a siege on Union forces in the city of Chattanooga, and use it to stage attacks further into the Deep South.  Its description in this film is of questionable accuracy.

The Episode

Host Segments


Gypsy, Joel, and Crow play "Kaboom" with Tom’s head

Prologue: Gypsy, Joel, and Crow play "Kaboom" with Tom’s head, which has been replaced with a balloon hooked up to a pump.

Segment One (Invention Exchange): Servo's massively swollen head now holds all of the knowledge of man, but all he can do with it is wonder why Manimal was canceled so soon. Dr. F presents The Scanner Planner, inspired by the Scanners movie series, which he proceeds to try out on Frank. Joel and the Bots have new wiffle products: the wiffle cup, wiffle hat, wiffle Claude Akins, etc. Dr. F's scanning causes Tom's balloon head to explode.


The Scanner Planner

Segment Two: Tom, Crow, and Joel are resting in caskets to see what it’s like to be dead. Even though they're never going to die, the Bots discuss what kind of funeral they’d like to have. Tom wants his friends to toss him up and down in a blanket at his funeral. Crow wants a beach funeral, although his final choice is to be mummified and placed next to Joseph Stalin.

Segment Three: Tom sends Joel a message about what he wants for lunch using Gypsy Express, with Crow as the rider and Gypsy as the pony, despite the fact that Tom and Joel are standing a mere 3 feet apart.


Tom and Joel in resting caskets

Segment Four: Tom demonstrates quantum linear super-position so that Joel and Crow will understand how John Ireland is able to go into the attorney’s office and immediately end up on his horse on the street. He also warps time and space at will.

Segment Five: Since Roger Corman made the 1870’s seems so dismal, Joel and the bots discuss how dreadful the 1970’s were. The Bots have deep fried the letters, but Joel is able to read one anyway. Back in Deep 13, Dr. F finally succeeds in working his scanning skill on Frank.

Stinger: Saloon dancing girl: "What about our clothes?"


  • The sound effect used when Dr. Forrester is trying to "scan" Frank is the same sound used for Brain Guy sending the movie in the later seasons.
  • Last regular episode directed by Joel Hodgson.
  • This episode aired eleventh during Turkey Day '94.



  • Gypsy blows a line in the opening segment but they keep going.
  • Dr. Forrester introduces the feature as their first western. However, the previous experiment can legitimately be classified as a western.

Obscure References

  • "Why did they cancel Manimal?"
Manimal is an action-adventure show about a man who had the ability to transform into several animals. It ran on NBC for 8 episodes in 1983. It was cancelled due to low ratings, and has since become a semi-obscure cultural touchstone for bizarre TV series that were cancelled quickly.
  • "Say, do you want to make people's heads explode? Sure, we all do."
Dr. Forrester is paraphrasing the opening line of a long-running series of TV commercials for International Correspondence School which opened with actress Sally Struthers asking viewers "Do you want to make more money? Sure, we all do." Some versions of the commercial had her saying "of course" instead of "sure".
  • "Oh, Spy vs. Spy."
Spy vs. Spy is a long-running comic strip created by Antonio Prohías that appears in MAD magazine. It concerns a pair of spies, Black and White, attempting to kill each other in various over-the-top ways. The two spies wear comically oversized fedora hats, which look like the one worn by the character in the animated opening sequence Servo comments on.
  • "You're a man playing a woman, playing a man"
Summarizing the theme of the musical Victor/Victoria.
  • "Who shot Vivian Valance?"
Reference to The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Vivian Vance.
  • "Tuesday the Rabbi got robbed..."
A play on the naming convention of a series of mystery novels by author Harry Kemelman which feature the crime-solving Rabbi Small. Each book title describes an event in the Rabbi's life on a day of the week, i.e. Wednesday The Rabbi Got Wet. According to the books, the Rabbi saw red on Tuesday.
  • "Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore, Riding through the glades..."
A reference to a Monty Python sketch about a highwayman character.
  • "With Red Buttons to watch Red Dwarf."
Red Buttons was an American actor and comedian. Red Dwarf is a British sitcom about a group of misfit space travelers.
  • "Been a long time." "Been a long, long, long, long, lonely time."
Quoting lyrics from the Led Zeppelin song "Rock and Roll".
  • "You're not bad." "You're just drawn that way."
Alluding to a line spoken by Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. (Actual Line: "I'm not bad; I'm just drawn that way.")
  • "And the Vikings would have finally captured a Super Bowl title."
Prior to this episode, the Minnesota Vikings were in four Super Bowls and won none of them. Their last Super Bowl game was in 1977 where they lost 14-32 against the Oakland Raiders. They have yet to play in another Championship game.
  • "Guests of Beverly Garland stay at the Beverly Garland Hotel."
In 1972, Garland and her then husband, Fillmore Crank, opened Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn, a hotel that eventually came to be known as The Beverly Garland before being officially renamed The Garland in 2014.[1]
  • "Oh look they have a Fotomat back there." "Yeah and it's saying "Ohhhh Noooooo!!"
Fotomats were small kiosks where people could drop their cameras off to get photos developed. They've become more sparse as digital cameras and online photo editing became more prevalent. "Ohhhh Noooooo!!" was the catch phrase of the often mutilated clay figure from Saturday Night Live Mr. Bill.
  • "And all that glitters is gold..."
Crow is reciting some lyrics from Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven.

Video Release

  • Gunslingervhs

    MST3K Gunslinger DVD

    The episode was released on VHS in 1998 by Rhino.
  • Commercially released on DVD by Rhino in October 2004 as part of The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection: Volume 6, a 4-DVD set with Teenagers from Outer Space, Attack of the Giant Leeches, and Mr. B's Lost Shorts.


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