The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958)

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A proper English gentleman, traveling in the American West, inadvertently stops an Indian attack on the stagecoach in which he is a passenger. When the stage gets to the nearest town, the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Tibbs
Ronald Squire ...
Toynbee (His Solicitor)
David Horne ...
James (His Butler)
Eynon Evans ...
Mason (Manager - Jonathan Tibbs & Co.)
Sidney James ...
The Drunk
Reed De Rouen ...
Donald Stewart ...
The Drummer
A Barber
Uncle Lucius
Charles Irwin ...
Gordon Tanner ...


A proper English gentleman, traveling in the American West, inadvertently stops an Indian attack on the stagecoach in which he is a passenger. When the stage gets to the nearest town, the raucous Fractured Jaw--which is being plagued by unruly cowbys, bandits and marauding Indians--the story spreads, and he is appointed sheriff. Written by

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Release Date:

13 March 1959 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Sheriff wider Willen  »

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(Westrex Recording System)|


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Average Shot Length = ~7.7 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~6.8 seconds. See more »


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In the Valley of Love
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Performed by Connie Francis
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Fun and charming
5 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

By all means, not perfect, the story is rather predictable in that it uses the somewhat over-used fish-out-of-water formula, and there are one or two scenes due to the chemistry, the effectiveness of which is varied throughout the course of the film, of the leads feel laboured. However, The Sheriff of Fractured is a lovingly filmed movie with cinematography, sets and costumes set in the grand tradition of the genre that look beautiful, and there is a witty soundtrack including the touching In the Valley of Love. The script made me laugh and smile, Walsh's direction is great, Kenneth More is at his most diffident, Jayne Mansfield is appealing and sexy and it isn't everyday you see Sidney James as a drunk. So overall, it is a flawed, but fun and charming film. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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