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The Iron Sheriff (1957)

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
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Range Detective Sutherland
Peter Miller ...
Jackson Gallagher
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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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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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As hot and deadly as the bullets that screamed from his gun! 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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At the beginning of the film, the printer hands Quincy a sheet of newspaper right off the press, printed only on one side. In the next shot, Quincy is holding a paper printed on both sides. 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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Referenced in The Exiles (1961) See more »

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Interesting and a Bit Different…Detective Story in the Old West
23 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Detective/Courtroom Drama Set in the Old West with Sterling Hayden Leading the Proceedings on a Mission to Discover the Real Killer. His Son has been Accused of Robbing a Stage and Shooting the Driver. He is in Jail and On Trial when the Movie Begins and the Running Time is Spent on Uncovering What Really Happened.

Most B-Westerns aren't as Talky or Concerned with Sleuthing, but This One Sure Is. A Pretty Good Cast of Familiar TV Faces and John Dehner Standing Out as the Boy's Attorney. There are Numerous Town Folks Who are Suspect and the Movie is Different Enough to Warrant Attention.

Things Twist and Turn Quite a Bit and there is Some Riding and Gunplay in the End with Hayden the Sheriff Almost Losing It. Certainly Worth a Watch for its Unique Take on Standard Western Movie Stuff and the Game Cast and Story is Interestingly Off Beat.


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