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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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As classic as you can get! 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)

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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93 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Sound Recording)
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Goofs:
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 »
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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49 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
As classic as you can get!, 30 May 2000

The contribution made by Henry Fonda to classic Westerns is incredible : he made his point early with "The Oxbow Incident," his potent presence in "Drums Along the Mohawk"... He was excellent as Wyatt Earp in "My Darling Clementine," even better as the stubborn, mistaken lieutenant-colonel in "Fort Apache " a legendary gunman in "Warlock" and the hardened gunfighter-tutor in Anthony Mann's "The Tin Star."

Fonda plays a solitary-bounty hunter ("I'm not the law. I work inside it for money!") who had once been a sheriff, and who had given up the badge in disgust of the shameful way he had been treated by the citizens in a decisive tragic moment of his life—for which he lost his wife and son...

Fonda is quiet, sure, polite, sincere and appealing... Teaching Michael Ray, it was clear that he knew not only his guns but human nature... He is human, kind, anxious, worry and tender with the young boy...

Anthony Perkins is attractive in his doubts about taking action or decision... He is naïve and innocent, also incompetent for the job of an officer responsible for law and order... He always looks to Fonda for leadership, but he is eager to be a firm sheriff...

The conversation between Fonda and Perkins are the heart of the movie, which deals more with character than Gunplay: "You got to keep cool and have absolute confidence. You lack confidence." "A decent man does not want to kill. But if you're gonna shoot, you shoot to kill." "Study men. A gun is only a tool. You can master a gun if you got the knack. Harder to learn man."

The film had racism: When Bogardus kills the Indian, in the back, outside the saloon, he says: "No sheriff will disarm a white man for shooting a mingy Indian.You, an Injun lover?"

Betsy Palmer plays Nona Mayfield, a woman compelled to live outside the town because she married an Indian: "I'm just so used to everybody hating Indians."

The film had also intuition and humor:

- Kip Mayfield to Fonda: "Don't I look like a sheriff?" And Fonda replying: "You look more like a sheriff than the sheriff does."

Abbe Pickett, after being a father for eleven girls and now to a boy, asks: "You sure it ain't another girl?" and the doc replies: "Well, I hope I'm not too old to know the difference."

John McIntire is fine as the old doc whose big dream was: "I wish you two to get together."

Neville Brand enjoys oppressing, intimidating and persecuting...

Anthony Mann's "The Tin Star" is strong on location work, tense, realistic, technically competent... The film had dusty action, and a picturesque old town with its bank, hotel, saloon, jail, hanging tree and all the cowardly citizens turned out to watch...

With elements of "Shane," and "High Noon," the film is a very good Western, 'as classic as you can get.'

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