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Pistols 'n' Petticoats

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Genre  Sitcom Western
Created by  George Tibbles
Pistols 'n' Petticoats

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

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

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.


  • Ann Sheridan as Henrietta Hanks
  • Ruth McDevitt as Grandma Effie Hanks
  • Carole Wells as Lucy Hanks
  • Douglas Fowley as Grandpa Andrew Hanks
  • Gary Vinson as Sheriff Harold Sikes
  • Robert Lowery as Buss Courtney
  • Lon Chaney, Jr. as Chief Eagle Shadow
  • Marc Cavell as Grey Hawk
  • Alex Henteloff as Little Bear
  • Jay Silverheels as Great Bear
  • Guest stars

  • 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"
  • References

    Pistols 'n' Petticoats Wikipedia