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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.

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Sheriff Samuel 'Sam' Galt
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Claire
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Roger Pollack
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Phil Quincy
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Benjamin 'Benjie' Galt
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Marshal Ellison
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District Attorney Holloway
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Leveret
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Range Detective Sutherland
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Jackson Gallagher
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Kathi Walden (as Kathy Nolan)
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Eugene 'Gene' Walden
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Judge
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Bilson
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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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April 1957 (USA)  »

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The Trial of Benjie Galt  »

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Once everyone figures out that the sheriff's son didn't kill the stage driver, they all agree that he couldn't have known the stage was even coming, yet this defense was never raised once during the trial that convicted him. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in The Exiles (1961) See more »

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Talky, confusing and lifeless...
27 February 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Sterling Hayden plays a sheriff in the West whose son is accused to holding up the stage and murdering the driver. So many facts seem to point to this being true but what makes it so tough is that the sheriff needs to testify against his own kid! However, despite this, he spends his time trying to prove that, perhaps, this is still a mistake and some other person is actually responsible.

I watched this movie for one reason--Sterling Hayden. He was an amazingly talented and underrated actor who managed to bring a lot of toughness and realism to the parts he played--why he's pretty much forgotten today is beyond me. I am not just talking about his roles in bigger films like "The Asphalt Jungle", "The Killing" or "Dr. Strangelove"--but even his appearances in seemingly smaller films where he managed to make ordinary material seem extraordinary. However, this is a rare case where no matter the talents of Hayden, the film was a lifeless mess--thanks to a confusing and overly wordy script. It should have been a lot better and they should have trusted the actors to have been able to make the film work without all the needless twists and turns.


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