The Fastest Guitar Alive

The Fastest Guitar Alive is a 1967 American musical comedy film directed by Michael D. Moore and starring singer Roy Orbison in his only starring role as an actor. A musical western, the story is set near the end of the American Civil War, with Orbison portraying a Southern spy with a bullet-shooting guitar given the task of robbing gold bullion from the United States Mint in San Francisco in order to help finance the Confederacy’s war effort.

The film features Orbison performing seven original songs which appeared on his 1967 MGM record album of the same name. His song “There Won’t Be Many Coming Home” is featured in the 2015 western film The Hateful Eight.

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