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Fastest Guitar Alive, The (1966)

As Confederate army officer Johnny Banner, Roy Orbison sported a six-string that converted with James Bond-like speed into a rifle to fight off marauding Native Americans while he set about robbing gold bullion from the United States Mint in San Francisco to help finance the Confederacy’s war effort.

According to the associated song, it was capable of “rattling strings like a Gatling Gun” and was, reckoned the Big O, “supposed to describe my way of life, but I had a problem living up to that.”

The movie was produced by Sam Katzman and came with generously elongated tunes and lyrics pertinent to imagined visual action, such as the cantering of Pistolero and the lazy trot of River.

Johnny Banner
Roy Orbison
Steve Menlo
Sammy Jackson
Flo
Maggie Pierce
Sue
Joan Freeman
Charlie Mansfield
Lyle Bettger
Sheriff Max Cooper
John Doucette
Stella
Patricia Donahue
Rink
Ben Cooper
Indian Chief
Ben Lessy
Joe
Douglas Kennedy
Deputy
Len Hendry
1st Indian
Iron Eyes Cody
1st Expressman
Sam The Sham
Emily
Wilda Taylor
Margie
Victoria Carroll
Tanya
Maria Korda
Carmen
Poupée Gamin

Director
Micky Moore