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The Tin Star -- A cynical ex-sheriff turned bounty hunter helps a young, recently appointed acting sheriff with his advice, his experience, and his gun


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31 January 1958 (Finland) See more »
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 »
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Never Disappointing; Solid, Tough-Minded and Intelligent Drama See more (34 total) »


  (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)

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)
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
Crew believed to be complete

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Sound Recording)

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Continuity: 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 »
[first lines]
Sheriff Ben Owens:Uh, ju-just getting the feel of these guns.
Morg Hickman:Where's the sheriff?
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Never Disappointing; Solid, Tough-Minded and Intelligent Drama, 20 July 2005
Author: silverscreen888

This is a western that its makers claimed was "adult", implying many others were not. What they had in mind is that it dealt with prejudices expressed openly that elsewhere , in adventures set in the West, were mostly the subjects of hints. It is a decently-assembled dramatic western, whose theme is "do no run away from what you want the most". Everyone in town is doing just that when Morg Hickman, played ably by laconic Henry Fonda, rides into town with a dead man over his packhorse's saddle. He is a bounty hunter, and no one asks his side of the tale. The young temporary sheriff, Anthony Perkins, shares the attitude of contempt until he starts to observe the man. Hickman can ignore men, go his own way. And when he learns Hickman has been a long-time sheriff, against advice he asks him for lessons. He wants to be a lawman and a good one...and Hickman sees himself in the boy and agrees, while he is waiting for his money. He finds a room in the meanwhile with Betsy Palmer and her boy, who is half-Indian. Her husband was an educated and fine man; but the townsfolk do not deal with her socially. He is kind to the boy, and assures her he does not mind spending some time with him. There is also a crusty old doctor, John Mcintire, who does not approve of Hickman for reasons he will not give; a girl in love with Perkins, pretty Mary Webster, and a town bully, Bart Bogardis, powerfully portrayed by Neville Brand, who the young sheriff knows he will someday have to challenge. The major part of the film shows us the young man unlearning misassumptions under Fonda's tutelage. They meet the McGaffey brothers, while out doing shooting practice, played by Lee Van Cleef and Peter Baldwin. Then on the way into town for a big celebration the elderly Doctor is being given, he is murdered. The rest of the film is in three parts. One is tracking down the men who did it. The second is the young sheriff dealing with Bogardis. And the last is the leave-taking, as Hickman takes Palmer and the boy off with him, and opines that he is going to take up the badge again; he has just remembered why he wore the 'tin star" so long in the first place.The film's music by Elmer Bernstein is subtle and good. The very fine B/W cinematography was by Loyal Griggs, with art direction by J. MacMillan Johnson and Hal Pereira. Joel Kane, Barney Slater and Dudley Nichols provided the script with much above-average dialogue; the period set decorations were done by Sam Comer and Frank R. McKelvy; costumes were designed by Edith Head and they are very fitting additions to a realistically mounted production. In the cast along with the principals were fine actor Howard Petrie as the Mayor, James Bell, Russell Simpson, and Michael Ray as Palmer's son. Director Anthony Mann has little to work with here; this is a claustrophobic town-based western. But by using shots through a large plate-glass corner window and staging the blocking of scenes cleverly, he gives the film variety in its scenes and a consistent style that seems to come from the dust and the board buildings of the town. This is by my standards quietly a very-good western.

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