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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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Judge
Ray Walker ...
Bilson
Robert Williams ...
Sheriff Joe Tilyou (as Bob Williams)
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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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From His Leather-Tough Skin To His Cold-Steel Guts He Was All Cast Iron - ...and then he began to crack! See more »

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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 »

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Judge: Now this is going to be a fair trial... conducted legally. A boy's life hangs in the balance.
Irate Townsman at Trial: That's about the only place he'll hang!
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"Iron" Shouldn't Mean Lifeless
21 July 2008 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Westerns were all over the screen both big and little in 1957. Maybe that's why Sterling Hayden looks terminally bored as the "iron" sheriff. Too bad, because the script keeps us guessing-- who really did kill the stage driver. (Stage drivers are always getting killed in Westerns. But, more importantly, in most scripts they just amount to expendable story props. Nice to see some actual concern here.) Anyway, the screenplay (Seeleg Lester) shrewdly manages to stay one jump ahead of us in the guessing game.There's also real fire-power in the supporting cast. A lot of familiar faces of the time, from the always cranky Will Wright (the judge) to shabby aristocrat John Dehner (the kid's attorney) to professional hayseed Frank Ferguson (the other attorney), while even the young lovers manage not to cloy. There's even a Broadway actress, the formidable Constance Ford who mostly gets to stand around.

Okay, with these promising elements why did my rating service give the movie a one-and-a-half out of four, while I would give it a two. Well, there is Hayden who just can't seem to get interested in the story-line. I counted his changes of expression, but after an hour, stopped at two. Most of all, is director Sidney Salkow. He must have come cheap since there's little evidence he cares about building the suspense of the who-dunnit, or even getting the actors to move around when they speak their lines. It's sort of like a slow-motion result, always deadly for an action genre like the Western. Anyway, the movie was a payday for a lot of veteran performers, and a different kind of story-line, especially if you want to take up the cause of the lowly stage driver.


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