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Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969)

 -  Comedy | Western  -  26 March 1969 (USA)
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In the old west, a man becomes a sheriff just for the pay, figuring he can decamp if things get tough. In the end, he uses ingenuity instead.

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McCullough is "passing through on my way to Australia" when he takes a job in a gold rush town. After a startling display of marksmanship he immediately arrests the youngest son of the evil landowner (Danby). A battle of hired guns begins as McCullough continues to tame the town and defeat the gunslingers with a combination of skill and wit. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The film's title is a parody of a bumper sticker popular around the time it was made, "Support Your Local Police" part of the "law-and-order" movement led by such politicians as Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George Wallace. See more »

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During the fight at the beginning of the movie (in the mud), those fighting switch between being covered in mud and nearly mud-free. See more »

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Jason McCullough: [Fingering dented badge] That must have saved the life of whoever was wearin' it.
Mayor Olly Perkins: Well, it sure would have, if it hadn't been for all them other bullets flyin' in from everywhere.
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Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady
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Excellent Western Parody
7 January 1999 | by (Canterbury, England) – See all my reviews

This is a classic example of a genre parody. It's not one of those jokes-coming-at-100mph kind of spoofs (such as Blazing Saddles), it simply plays everything by genre rules. It shares this with the 1939 version of Destry Rides Again, but it goes much further in exhibiting the hilarious potential of the genre by just slightly exaggerating the kind of improbable situations classic Westerns so often throw at us.

To appreciate this film properly you need to be familiar with the classic Western genre, mostly to understand how the genre works when played straight but you may also recognise some movie references.

The cast is absolutely marvellous, James Garner is a commanding lead, Jack Elam has never been better, and there are first-rate character actors for all the supporting roles. Especially Harry Morgan and Walter Brennan are excellent in roles very similar to ones they played straight in High Noon and My Darling Clementine, respectively.


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