Shut My Big Mouth


1h 11m 1942
Shut My Big Mouth

Brief Synopsis

(Com '42,BW). Joe E. Brown, Adele Mara, Victor Jory, Fritz Feld, Don Beddoe, Pedro de Cordoba, Lloyd Bridges, Forrest Tucker, Chief Thunder-Cloud. A meek easterner (Joe E. Brown) unwittingly becomes sheriff of a western town and resorts to dressing in drag in order to foil the plans of the villainous Victor Jory. One of Joe E. Brown's most popular comedies.

Film Details

Also Known As
Cowboy Joe, I'm No Cowboy
Genre
Comedy
Release Date
Feb 19, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 11m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,386ft

Synopsis

Horticulturist Wellington Holmes and his companion, Robert Oglethorpe, are on a mission to beautify the West. When their stagecoach is attacked by masked bandit Buckskin Bill and his gang, Holmes, who believes that the West has been tamed, thinks that the holdup is a prank. After realizing that Buckskin Bill is deadly serious, Holmes keels over, pulling his potted plants down on the bandits' heads. The posse, who has been chasing the bandits, arrives just in time to see the dazed outlaws gallop away. Hailing Holmes as a hero for foiling the robbery, the posse members appoint him the new marshal of Big Bluff. Once they are ensconced in their hotel room in town, Holmes assures the terrified Oglethorpe that they will be leaving on the next stage. He has a change of plans, however, when a rock comes crashing though their window with a note from Buckskin Bill, warning him that he will be watching every stagecoach for the new marshal. When the hotel maid tells Holmes that Buckskin Bill is unfailingly courteous to all ladies, Holmes decides to diguise himself as a woman, pose as Ogelthorpe's wife Henrietta, and board the next stage out of town. Also onboard the stage is Elena Montoya, the daughter of Don Carlos Montoya, the owner of the Big Bluff gambling and entertainment palace. Soon after leaving town, the stage is stopped by Buckskin Bill, who informs Elena that he is holding Don Carlos prisoner at his hacienda. After climbing onto the coach to escort Elena to her father, Buckskin Bill thoughtfully designates Henrietta and her "husband" Elena's chaperones. Upon arriving at the hacienda, Buckskin Bill demands $50,000 for Don Carlos' release. At a party that night, Buckskin Bill asks Holmes to dance, and the exuberant dancers spend the evening slamming each other to the ground. At bedtime, Buckskin Bill assigns Holmes and Elena to sleep in the same room. As Elena starts to disrobe, Holmes begins to scream hysterically. Rushing to the room to quiet Holmes, Bill decides to send Elena and Oglethorpe back to town to raise the ransom while the hysterical Holmes remains behind. After Elena and Oglethorpe leave, Bill tells his maid, Maria, to put Holmes to bed. When Holmes refuses to allow Maria to undress him, she begins to rip off his clothes. Saved when Maria faints at the sight of a mouse, Holmes bolts into an empty bedroom, dons men's clothes and climbs out the window and over a wall. After trudging along the trail all night long, Holmes sits on a rock to rest. When a rider gallops past, warning of approaching Indians, Holmes sticks the wig back on his head. Soon after, the Indians appear, and the chief demands Holmes's scalp. Offering to scalp himself, Holmes slices off his wig, thus winning the chief's respect. Dubbing Holmes "Chief Cave in the Face," the Indians make him a blood brother and offer him a ride back to Big Bluff. Upon returning to town, Holmes is introduced to Elena, who begs him to save her father and Oglethorpe's wife. Soon after, the maskless Buckskin Bill and two of his men gallop into town, their guns blazing, and commandeer the saloon. At the urging of the townsfolk, Holmes slinks into the saloon, intending to sneak out the back door. Spotting Holmes, Buckskin Bill throws a dagger at him but hits the rope supporting a chandelier instead. The chandelier falls on Buckskin Bill's head and knocks him unconscious. Holmes jails the outlaws, but because no one has ever seen Buckskin Bill without his mask, he fails to realize that he has actually captured the gang's leader. As the town honors their marshal at a ceremony, Buckskin Bill throws a rock from the jail window, with a note from the masked bandit, threatening to kill Don Carlos unless the prisoners are released. When Holmes suggests freeing the outlaws and offering them a reward to lead the posse to their hideout, Buckskin Bill proposes that the marshal, Elena and Oglethorpe accompany the bandits on the mission. After drawing the posse a fake map to follow to the hideout, Buckskin Bill and the others ride off. Upon arriving at the hacienda, Buckskin Bill dons his mask and informs Oglethorpe that his wife has disappeared. Fleeing from the outlaws, Holmes runs into a bedroom, pulls on a dress and becomes Henrietta. When he accidentally lights his dress on fire, the bandits realize that Henrietta is Holmes and begin to chase him. Jumping over the balcony, Holmes throws his burning dress onto a haystack. In the distance, the Indians see the smoke and, thinking that it is a signal, ride to Holmes's rescue. Believing that the Indians are attacking the hacienda, the posse follows them there and arrives just as Holmes overpowers Bill. After Elena kisses Holmes in gratitude, he decides to stay in Big Bluff and finish beautifying the West.

Film Details

Also Known As
Cowboy Joe, I'm No Cowboy
Genre
Comedy
Release Date
Feb 19, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 11m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,386ft

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Trivia

Notes

The working titles of this picture were I'm No Cowboy and Cowboy Joe. Although the character played by Adele Mara is listed as "Conchita Montoya" in onscreen credits, she is called "Elena Montoya" in the film. This was Joe E. Brown's first screen appearance since suffering a serious injury in a car accident two years earlier, according to a Hollywood Reporter news item.