The setting is 1957, and Reynolds plays W. W., who's cruising the south in his great-looking Oldsmobile and robbing filling stations. Remember those? Anyway, in the course of his adventures, he steals the car belonging to a country band known as the Dixie Dancekings. While they're still in it. They go along with his robbery, and some more besides, because they're in dire need of money. Reynolds becomes their manager. The oil company whose stations Reynolds is robbing sends out ex-lawman Art Carney to put a stop to the depredations, and things get a bit complicated before they settle down to a happy and satisfying ending.
W. W. and the Dixie Dancekings has a great cast, including country stars Jerry Reed, Don Williams, and Mel Tillis. There's even a performance by bluesman Furry Lewis. The movie's fast and funny, and Reynolds is at the top of his game. If you've ever wondered why he was so big, see this one (or Gator or White Lightning or, for something entirely different, Deliverance). This one's right up there with 'em.