The Civil War has ended, and Reynolds is seduced away from his career as a gambler by the lovely Dickinson. She wants him to help her recover a quarter of a million dollars worth of gold bars stolen by her late husband. The gold now lies on the bottom of Colorado's Platte River aboard a
sunken river boat and must be recovered before the Denver mint it was stolen from discovers it's missing, potentially destroying Dickinson's family's reputation. Reynolds agrees to do the job for $20,000 and teams up with Ossie Davis, a local blacksmith, and Walker, a buddy from the war who now
works as an inventor. The team heads for the Platte, unaware that they are being followed by Rick Davis, an outlaw who wants the gold for himself. Walker creates a diving helmet that will allow Reynolds to go beneath the river; but after the heroes retrieve the loot, Rick Davis steals it from
them. With the help of a Walker-created machine gun, however, Reynolds manages to recover the gold and with his cohort rejoins Dickinson in Denver. Reynolds then poses as a government inspector, enters the mint, and "accidentally" damages a bust of George Washington. He insists upon having it
repaired and takes it back to Ossie Davis' blacksmith shop, where Davis recasts the gold into the shape of the bronze bust. When outlaw Rick Davis catches up with the trio, he mistakenly steals the bronze bust. Reynolds and company pose as plumbers to gain entrance to the mint and there recast the
bust into gold bars. The next morning Dickinson rewards the men with the promised $20,000, and Reynolds has her heart as well. This is an amiable enough film with some fine comic acting by Reynolds. At the time he made this production, Reynolds was beginning the transition from TV to movies. The
chemistry between Reynolds (playing a virgin, of all things) and Dickinson works well. Shortly after the film was completed, he took a still picture from the romantic bedroom scene with Dickinson and had it enlarged. He hung it up over his bar at home with a caption under it that read "An actor's
life is pure hell?" Support from the other cast members works fine, but the direction is the film's downfall, with pacing that moves too slowly for good comedic effect. The odd mixture of light comedy and western action could have become a cult favorite in better hands; as it is, SAM WHISKEY is
enjoyable enough but forgettable.
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- Review: The Civil War has ended, and Reynolds is seduced away from his career as a gambler by the lovely Dickinson. She wants him to help her recover a quarter of a million dollars worth of gold bars stolen by her late husband. The gold now lies on the bottom of C… (more)