Pistols 'n' Petticoats

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Pistols 'n' Petticoats
Pistols 'N' Petticoats 1966.JPG
The town drunk raises a stir with the Hanks family.
Genre Sitcom
Created by George Tibbles
Written by Del Moore
George Tibbles
Paul West
Directed by David Alexander
Joe Connelly
Lawrence Dobkin
Leslie Goodwins
Harry Harris
Sidney Lanfield
Joseph Pevney
Alan Rafkin
Starring Ann Sheridan
Ruth McDevitt
Carole Wells
Douglas Fowley
Gary Vinson
Theme music composer Jack Elliott
George Tibbles
Opening theme "Pistols 'n' Petticoats"
Composer(s) Jack Elliott
Stanley Wilson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Producer(s) Joe Connelly
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Kayro-UTV Productions
Universal Television
Original network CBS
Original release September 17, 1966 – March 11, 1967

Pistols 'n' Petticoats is an American Western sitcom that ran on CBS during the 1966-1967 television season. It was produced by Kayro/Universal Television for CBS Productions and ran from September 17, 1966 to March 11, 1967. The series was created by George Tibbles, who wrote the show's theme song. This was one of two sitcoms that ran on CBS with the "Petticoat" name in its title at the time, the other being Petticoat Junction, which was produced by Filmways and has no connection to this program.

Series background[edit]

Pistols 'n' Petticoats chronicled the lives of the gun-slinging Hanks family, which consisted of Grandpa (Andrew), his wife Grandma (Effie), widowed daughter Henrietta, granddaughter (and Henrietta's daughter) Lucy, and their pet wolf Bowser. The "Petticoats" referred to the Hanks ladies, even though Lucy (who was raised in the city) would spend more time being at odds with the rest of the clan rather than helping protect their land.

The Hanks lived in the town of Wretched, Colorado, in the year 1870, where at that time, the sprawling Old West was being occupied by outlaws. It was up to the Hanks to clean up the town, which made them more popular with the citizens than with the town sheriff, Harold Sikes, who did not like having the spotlight shine on the Hanks. The Hanks also had adversaries with rival Buss Courtney and members of a nearby Indian tribe, led by Chief Eagle Shadow, and his assistants, Grey Hawk and Little Bear.


Guest stars[edit]

  • Read Morgan as Moose Dreyfus in "The Triangle"
  • Lurene Tuttle as Adelaide Coulter in "Grandma's Date"
  • Judy Canova as Sadie in "The Golden Fleece" and Daisy Frogg in "Faint Heart Never Won Grandpa"
  • Fred Willard as Ben in "Quit Shootin' Folks, It's Grandma"

Production notes[edit]

The series would be Ann Sheridan's last role, for she would succumb to cancer on January 21, 1967, nearly two months before CBS cancelled the popular series. Of the 26 shows that were produced, Sheridan only appeared in 21 episodes. After its cancellation, Universal Pictures used several of the episodes as "archive footage" for the 1967 feature film The Far Out West.

In the pilot episode Chris Noel was cast as Sheridan's daughter, but test audiences found her portrayal unsympathetic; she was replaced by Carole Wells.[1]

Currently, both Universal Home Video and Echo Bridge Home Video hold the DVD rights to the series.

Pistols 'n' Petticoats was filmed in color, which was, at the time, becoming the standard in new network programming.

Episode list[edit]

Episode # Episode title Airdate
1 "A Crooked Line" September 17, 1966
2 "No Sale" September 24, 1966
3 "Bitter Blossom O'Brien" October 1, 1966
4 "Sir Richard of Wretched" October 8, 1966
5 "The Hank and the Indian War" October 15, 1966
6 "The Triangle" October 22, 1966
7 "A Wagonload of Wives" October 29, 1966
8 "The Ross Guttley Story" November 5, 1966
9 "The Gun Runners " November 12, 1966
10 "Lookout Point" November 19, 1966
11 "Quit Shootin' Folks, It's Grandma" November 26, 1966
12 "Shootout at the O'Day Corral" December 3, 1966
13 "Grandma's Date" December 10, 1966
14 "Here Comes Trouble" December 17, 1966
15 "Willie the Kid" December 24, 1966
16 "Wretched Beautiful" December 31, 1966
17 "Faint Heart Never Won Grandpa" January 7, 1967
18 "The Stranger" January 14, 1967
19 "Beware the Hangman" January 21, 1967
20 "A Man for Hank" January 28, 1967
21 "Petrified Wretched" February 4, 1967
22 "The Golden Fleece" February 11, 1967
23 "Peace Offering" February 18, 1967
24 "The Taming of Sorry Water" February 25, 1967
25 "Colonel Comes to Town" March 4, 1967
26 "Harold's Double" March 11, 1967


  1. ^ p.178 Lisanti, Tom Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema: Interviews with 20 Actresses from Biker, Beach and Elvis Movies McFarland, 2001

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