Hot Lead and Cold Feet

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Hot Lead and Cold Feet
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Directed by Robert Butler
Produced by Ron Miller
Written by Joe McEveety
Arthur Alsberg
Don Nelson
Story by Rod Piffath
Starring Jim Dale
Karen Valentine
Don Knotts
Jack Elam
Darren McGavin
Music by Buddy Baker
Cinematography Frank Phillips
Edited by Ray de Leuw
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release dates
July 5, 1978 (1978-07-05)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Hot Lead and Cold Feet is a 1978 comedy-western film directed by Robert Butler, produced by Walt Disney Productions and starring Jim Dale, Karen Valentine, Don Knotts, Jack Elam and Darren McGavin.

It was released on July 5, 1978 by Buena Vista Distribution as a double feature with a re-issue of the 1949 Disney short The Wind in the Willows (from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad) re-titled The Madcap Adventures of Mr. Toad.


Jasper Bloodshy (Dale) runs the rough-and-tumble town of Bloodshy—named after him because he founded it—which lives in fear of Jasper's gunslinging son Wild Billy (also played by Dale). Jasper has just found out he has another son named Eli (again, played by Dale), who lives in Philadelphia.

It turns out that years ago, Jasper's crazy ways were too much for his bride from England, so she left—leaving behind one twin—and returned to England. With the help of his English butler Mansfield, he writes a new will that mentions Eli, then fakes his death by pretending to fall off a cliff in front of Bloodshy's corrupt mayor Ragsdale (McGavin) and sheriff The Denver Kid (Knotts), both of whom he has just told about his second son.

We next meet Eli, who turns out to be the opposite of Wild Billy. Eli has been trained to live for the Lord. He works as a Salvation Army missionary in Philadelphia with orphans named Roxanne (Debbie Lytton) and Marcus (Michael Sharrett).

One day, during a fight in which people are throwing vegetables at him and the children, Eli receives a telegram informing him about his father's death, a father he didn't know existed. He decides to accept the invitation to come to Bloodshy for his inheritance and take Marcus and Roxanne.

Their stagecoach is held up by the Snead brothers, a group of outlaws that Ragsdale has sent to run off Eli. Unfortunately, nobody was told that Jasper's other son was a twin, so they mistake Eli for Wild Billy (the first of many to mistake the two).

The Sneads return to Bloodshy, but did cause the stagecoach to run off, leaving Eli, Marcus, and Roxanne stranded. On their way to Bloodshy (by foot), they meet a woman named Jenny (Valentine) who is also headed for Bloodshy to start a school. They head for the town together.

Mansfield brings the will to Sheriff Denver to deliver to Ragsdale. From there, it's learned that a contest is involved in the inheritance. Ragsdale sends Denver to find Billy and tell him that the fortune is his.

The contest is a miles-long obstacle course known as the Bloody Bloodshy Trail that involves operating train engines, crossing a gorge using a rope, climbing a mountain, and driving a wagon.

During the contest both Eli and Billy realize that Ragdale has set them up to kill each other so that he would collect the entire fortune. Both brothers make up and expose Ragdale for what he really is. Soon after Ragdale is imprisoned. Denver Kid becomes the new mayor and makes his sheriff Rattlesnake, who throughout the film was trying to get his job as sheriff.


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