13 user 3 critic

The Iron Sheriff (1957)

Approved | | Western | April 1957 (USA)
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.





Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Top Gun (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A gunslinger returns to his hometown to warn of an impending outlaw gang attack, but he's met with hatred and fear for his previous killings.

Director: Ray Nazarro
Stars: Sterling Hayden, William Bishop, Karin Booth
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Swedish whaler is out for revenge when he finds out that a greedy oil man murdered his father for their land.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis
Stars: Sterling Hayden, Sebastian Cabot, Carol Kelly
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A deadly gunslinger travels to a town to shoot it out with a famed gunslinger turned lawman in a small town.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Glenn Ford, Angie Dickinson, Chad Everett
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Fugitive bank robber Joe Maybe steals the identity of a marshal and rides into a town whose judge asks Joe to act as town marshal but an old flame almost betrays his real identity forcing Joe to claim she's his wife.

Director: Jesse Hibbs
Stars: Audie Murphy, Gia Scala, Walter Matthau
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The seafaring adventures of French privateer Kit 'The Hawk' Gerardo during the Franco-Spanish-English war of the 17th century.

Director: Sidney Salkow
Stars: Rhonda Fleming, Sterling Hayden, Helena Carter
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Cavalry Captain Farraday attempts to prevent the delivery of Gatling Guns into the hands of hostile Indians.

Director: Rudolph Maté
Stars: Van Johnson, Joanne Dru, Richard Boone
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A district attorney rises to political success and the governorship but loses his sense of morality once he starts associating with the shadowy and perhaps diabolical Nick Beal.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Ray Milland, Audrey Totter, Thomas Mitchell
Manhandled (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The secretary to a phony psychiatrist finds herself caught up in the murder of a patient's wife and realizes that her life is also in danger.

Director: Lewis R. Foster
Stars: Dan Duryea, Dorothy Lamour, Sterling Hayden
Hotel Reserve (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A hunt for a spy, in an hotel in the South of France just before World War Two.

Directors: Lance Comfort, Mutz Greenbaum, and 1 more credit »
Stars: James Mason, Lucie Mannheim, Raymond Lovell
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In Arizona,during the 1870s,rancher Tex McCloud and cavalry Lt. Tom Blaine race to capture the famous renegade outlaw Ute leader known as the Sidewinder.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Sterling Hayden, Forrest Tucker, Arleen Whelan
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Kathy leaves the newspaper business to marry homicide detective Bill but is frustrated by his lack of ambition and the banality of life in the suburbs. Her drive to advance Bill's career soon takes her down a dangerous path.

Director: Gerd Oswald
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In 1868, Army scout Johnny Ware is courtmartialed for helping Indians against their white oppressors, but escapes and finds himself in the hamlet of Desert Center. There, he crosses paths ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Lucille Ball, James Craig, Cedric Hardwicke


Complete credited cast:
Roger Pollack
Phil Quincy
Marshal Ellison
District Attorney Holloway
Range Detective Sutherland
Peter Miller ...
Jackson Gallagher
Kathi Walden (as Kathy Nolan)
Eugene 'Gene' Walden
Sheriff Joe Tilyou (as Bob Williams)


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


As hot and deadly as the bullets that screamed from his gun! See more »




Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

April 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Trial of Benjie Galt  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Although shot in the 1.37:1 aspect ratio (for later television airing) the theatrical aspect ratio of this film is 1.85:1 widescreen. Most modern 16x9 (1.78:1) televisions have a "zoom to width" picture option, essentially allowing the viewer to see it as the director and cinematographer intended. It is easy to spot films shot this way since all the titles and credits will still fit when properly cropped (they stay in the "middle" of the frame), and there is an unusual amount of "headroom" above the actors in medium and close-up shots when viewed uncropped. Quite often "mistakes" like seeing equipment in the top or bottom of the uncropped frame would never have been seen by a theater audience. See more »


The 1891 silver dollar, around which much of the story revolves, looks nothing like an actual dollar, but more like an oversize Lincoln penny of the modern era. See more »


[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?
See more »


Referenced in The Exiles (1961) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Not your standard oater
6 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

Iron Sheriff differs from most oaters or horse operas that feature wordless passages like long horse chases or showdowns performed under melodramatic music. I was reminded of western paperbacks I'd read in youth that, unlike those broad western film formulas, turned out to be thickly populated with characters with ambiguities, tics, or backstories. Instead of the films' standard linear revenge narrative, these novels' plots often involved confusion, discovery, and makeshift alliances. Correspondingly, this film's often-short scenes cut quickly to other settings and scenes.

Other posters are right that Iron Sheriff resembles a mystery--it uses a standard mystery-genre technique by introducing the actual culprit early and briefly but in the midst of distracting action, multiple characters, and a changing scene. Other posters are also correct that the extensive supporting cast is a prime attraction--another testament to the stable of talent developed by the late studio system.

Title actor Sterling Hayden looks great as ever but moves through the script on cruise control. After I identified the Sheriff's son Benjie as Darryl Hickman, elder brother of Dwayne Hickman of Dobie Gillis, my wife one-upped by identifying Kathi Nolan, the actress playing Benjie's girlfriend, as the future Kate McCoy, who would clang the triangle to summon The Real McCoys to dinner. Another treat is John Dehner, who dignified everything he appeared in.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page