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The Tin Star
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Release Date:
31 January 1958 (Finland) See more »
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Plot:
A cynical former sheriff turned bounty hunter helps a young, recently appointed acting sheriff with his advice, his experience and his gun. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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You can master a gun if you got the knack. Harder to learn men. See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Henry Fonda ... Morgan 'Morg' Hickman

Anthony Perkins ... Sheriff Ben Owens

Betsy Palmer ... Nona Mayfield
Michel Ray ... Kip Mayfield

Neville Brand ... Bart Bogardus

John McIntire ... Dr. Joseph Jefferson 'Doc' McCord
Mary Webster ... Millie Parker
Peter Baldwin ... Zeke McGaffey
Richard Shannon ... Buck Henderson

Lee Van Cleef ... Ed McGaffey
James Bell ... Judge Thatcher
Howard Petrie ... Mayor Harvey King
Russell Simpson ... Clem Hall
Hal K. Dawson ... Andy Miller
Jack Kenney ... Sam Hodges
Mickey Finn ... McCall
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chet Brandenburg ... Townsman (uncredited)

Frank Cady ... Abe Pickett (uncredited)
Frank Cordell ... Posse Member (uncredited)

Richard Farnsworth ... (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Townsman (uncredited)
Duke Fishman ... Townsman (uncredited)
Allen Gettel ... Sloan (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Stagecoach Passenger (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Townsman (uncredited)
Bob Kenaston ... Hardman (uncredited)
Frank McGrath ... Jim Clark, Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Townsman / Barfly (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Townsman (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Townsman / Barfly (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Townsman / Barfly (uncredited)
Tim Sullivan ... Virgil Hough (uncredited)
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Directed by
Anthony Mann 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joel Kane  story
Dudley Nichols 
Barney Slater  story

Produced by
William Perlberg .... producer
George Seaton .... producer
Gordon Cornell Layne .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Loyal Griggs 
 
Film Editing by
Alma Macrorie 
 
Art Direction by
J. McMillan Johnson  (as J. MacMillan Johnson)
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Frank R. McKelvy  (as Frank McKelvy)
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair styles supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael D. Moore .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Winston H. Leverett .... sound recordist (as Winston Leverett)
 
Stunts
Frank Cordell .... stunts (uncredited)
Martha Crawford .... stunt double: Betsy Palmer (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ric Hardman .... assistant to producers
 
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Runtime:
93 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Sound Recording)
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Goofs:
Continuity: Throughout the film, Ben is shown wearing two guns, and as Tony Perkins was left handed, whenever he draws his pistol, his left hands is correctly depicted as dominant. Yet at one point in a scene during Ben's search for the McGaffey brothers, his horse with Ben on his back, whirls around to reveal Ben only wearing one gun, and that being holstered on his right hip.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Sheriff Ben Owens:Uh, ju-just getting the feel of these guns.
Morg Hickman:Where's the sheriff?
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
You can master a gun if you got the knack. Harder to learn men., 19 February 2008
Author: lastliberal from United States

It doesn't matter what the genre is, when the writing is great, then the film will usually be great also. This Oscar-nominated film had a superb script that made everything else look fantastic.

Henry Fonda is an ex-sheriff turned bounty hunter that appears in town to collect his reward. He has to wait until it comes, so he ends up befriending the town outcast - Betsy Palmer (before she became Jason's mom), a woman with a half-breed child, and helping the new Sheriff - Anthony Perkins, before he went Psycho and killed his mom.

Fonda gave a measured and stirring performance in a role that was supposed to go to Jimmy Stewart. In the process of helping others, he was able to find himself and turn his life around.

In a humorous scene old Doc McCord (John McIntire) had just delivered the 12th child to a farmer that lived in the sticks. It was 2:30 am and he leaned back to sleep in his carriage and told his horse to head home saying, "You probably know the way better than I do." Now, that is the kind of cruise control we don't have on our modern vehicles! A great film that shows how important writers are to the movies.

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