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The Iron Sheriff (1957)

 |  Western  |  April 1957 (USA)
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When the sheriff's son is placed on trial for murdering a stagecoach driver, the sheriff desperately searches for the real killer - and finds the trail leads back to his boy.

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Sheriff Samuel 'Sam' Galt
Constance Ford ...
Claire
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Roger Pollack
Kent Taylor ...
Phil Quincy
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Benjamin 'Benjie' Galt
Walter Sande ...
Marshal Ellison
Frank Ferguson ...
District Attorney Holloway
King Donovan ...
Leveret
Mort Mills ...
Range Detective Sutherland
Peter Miller ...
Jackson Gallagher
Kathleen Nolan ...
Kathi Walden (as Kathy Nolan)
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Eugene 'Gene' Walden
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Ray Walker ...
Bilson
Robert Williams ...
Sheriff Joe Tilyou (as Bob Williams)
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In 1891, in a small town in South Dakota, a stagecoach is robbed and the driver is killed. A small fortune in silver dollars has disappeared. The only suspect is Benjamin 'Benjie' Galt, the son of Sheriff Samuel 'Sam' Galt. The lad claims he's innocent but circumstances and a few witnesses place him at the scene of the murder-robbery. Heart-broken but honest, Sheriff Galt arrests his own son and prepares for the trial by hiring the best lawyer in the country to defend Benjie. The Sheriff also hires a local detective to investigate the scene of the stagecoach robbery and possibly dig up any new evidence or witnesses to help clear Benjie of the crime. However, when a silver dollar from the stage robbery loot turns up in the local saloon, the trail leads straight to Benjie. Written by nufs68

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She could clear his name ...but only if she'd dirty her own! See more »

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In addition to the 1891 silver dollar being an obvious fake, it was said to be minted in St. Louis. There has never been a U.S. Mint in St. Louis. See more »

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[a dying man has identified Benjie as a murderer]
Benjamin 'Benjie' Galt: Dad, you can't believe what he said. You can't!
Sheriff Galt: No, I believe you, Benjie, but I got to prove it. Somehow, I got to prove it.
Benjamin 'Benjie' Galt: To the people here... or to yourself?
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Surprising Culprit
23 August 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Iron Sheriff manages to combine both western and noir elements in its making. It also is a pretty good courtroom drama.

The title role of The Iron Sheriff is played by Sterling Hayden and as you can gather he's one strict enforcer of the law. That includes arresting his son Darryl Hickman who's been identified as the perpetrator of a stage holdup where the driver was killed. Hickman's been identified by a dying I. Stanford Jolley as the perpetrator, but Jolley has it in for Hickman because he's been getting too serious with his daughter Kathleen Nolan. With all the evidence against him, still Sterling Hayden goes on a quest to find the real culprit, especially after some exculpatory evidence is found.

There's a town full of suspects and each has their own agenda for or against the sheriff, something like the divided public opinion in High Noon in Hadleyville as far as sheriff Gary Cooper was concerned. The Iron Sheriff also is a much better telling of the same kind of story that was told in the John Wayne film Cahill, US Marshall. The Duke in his movie was bound by the parameters of his image and Sterling Hayden did not have that problem.

This western has some pretty good courtroom scenes with Judge Will Wright, prosecutor Frank Ferguson, and defense attorney John Dehner who may have turned in the best performance in the film. I have to confess that I was surprised at who the culprit eventually turned out to be.

If it's run again on TCM try to catch it.


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