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The Tin Star (1957)

Approved | | Western | 6 November 1957 (USA)
A cynical former sheriff turned bounty hunter helps a young, recently appointed acting sheriff with his advice, his experience and his gun.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Morgan 'Morg' Hickman
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Sheriff Ben Owens
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Nona Mayfield
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Kip Mayfield
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Bart Bogardus
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Dr. Joseph Jefferson 'Doc' McCord
Mary Webster ...
Millie Parker
Peter Baldwin ...
Zeke McGaffey
Richard Shannon ...
Buck Henderson
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Ed McGaffey
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Judge Thatcher
Howard Petrie ...
Mayor Harvey King
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Clem Hall
Hal K. Dawson ...
Andy Miller
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Sam Hodges
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Storyline

Veteran bounty-hunter Morg Hickman rides into a town in danger. The sheriff has been killed, and young inexperienced Ben Owens named a temporary replacement until a permanent can be found. Ben wants to be that permanent replacement, so needs to impress the townspeople with his skill. When he finds that Morg was a sheriff for a long time before he became a bounty-hunter, he asks the older man to teach him. Morg thinks that being a sheriff is a foolish goal, but agrees to instruct Ben in handling people, more important to a sheriff than handling a gun. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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In the tradition of "The Country Girl," "The Bridges at Toko-Ri," and "The Proud and Profane" Perlberg and Seaton produce another masterpiece in western entertainment! See more »

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Der Stern des Gesetzes  »

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James Stewart was originally supposed to play Morgan Hickman. See more »

Goofs

When the stagecoach driver rushes into town to report that they were robbed, there is a small trail of dust following each side of the stagecoach. When it comes to a full stop, the dust is almost completely settled down. Next they cut to a slightly closer view of the stage and surrounding areas, and the air is full of dust all over the scene, much more than the stagecoach ever caused to fly up. See more »

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[first lines]
Sheriff Ben Owens: Uh, ju-just getting the feel of these guns.
Morg Hickman: Where's the sheriff?
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Excellent mix of character study and action
29 May 2004 | by (No. Attleboro, MA) – See all my reviews

When commenting on The Tin Star, one need only mention one name: Henry Fonda. Unquestionably one of the finest screen actors this country has ever produced, he effortlessly weaves an enjoyable blend of wisdom, grit and compassion throughout this interesting and well-acted western. With an excellent supporting cast (including a very young Anthony Perkins), The Tin Star is a western the whole family can enjoy. Its appeal stems from two primary factors that are the basis of any quality film... acting talent at its best and an interesting storyline that is simple to follow yet captivating for its direct approach to the issues at hand. The DVD quality of this Paramount release is very good, although lacking in extra features. But after watching the movie, I found myself not wanting for anything extra... the feature presentation was left to stand on its own and, in my opinion, did just fine. It's amazing that, nearly fifty years after its release, The Tin Star can still speak to us, if we care to listen, of honest, simple values, the importance of loyalty, and how the difference between right and wrong doesn't always have to be as complicated as today's world leads us to believe. And, of course, having Henry Fonda and his incredible talent to present this package to us can only help to improve any film's chances for success. Highly recommended for any fan of Henry Fonda or westerns of the "High Noon" variety.


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