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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
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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
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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Judge
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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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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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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 »

Quotes

Charley - Laundry Owner: Sheriff! Gone! All gone sheriff!
Sheriff Galt: What's all gone?
Charley - Laundry Owner: Money! Money all gone! Stolen!
Sheriff Galt: You kept your money in here?
[looks at wooden box]
Charley - Laundry Owner: Yes.
Sheriff Galt: How much was there?
Charley - Laundry Owner: All! Was going to save to go back to China, Sheriff. In back of ironing board. Nobody bothered. Broke in wash room last night. Just find empty box! Sheriff, no money left now... money from many years.
Sheriff Galt: Well, that's what we got banks for, Charlie.
Charley - Laundry Owner: [puzzled] What we got Sheriff for?
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Follow that silver dollar‏.
4 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Iron Sheriff is directed by Sidney Salkow and written by Seeleg Lester. It stars Sterling Hayden, Constance Ford, John Dehner and Kent Taylor. Music is by Emil Newman and cinematography by Kenneth Peach.

As his son languishes in jail charged with the robbery and murder of a stagecoach driver, Sheriff Sam Galt (Hayden), in spite of the evidence suggesting otherwise, tries to prove his son's innocence whilst adhering to his duty to the law.

A compact black and white Western that is more about dialogue and character interactions than it is about action. Essentially a detective mystery, film puts Hayden's world weary lawman front and center as he battles family loyalty and that of his official duty and integrity. He's pretty much on his own in this town since almost everyone believes his son to be guilty, whilst simultaneously the town questions his ability to be Sheriff while under such duress. The suspects are many to keep the mystery element strong, the court case is well staged (John Dehner excellent), the following of a silver dollar clue is neatly written and the big reveal is a genuine surprise.

It's not big on production value and it certainly isn't one for the action seekers, but it's well thought out and Hayden fans get a good turn from him as his character finds himself emotionally conflicted. 7/10


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