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
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During the fight scene in front of the hardware store, every other camera shot has bright sun and shadows or heavy overcast. Also Prudy's location changes from camera shot to camera shot. See more »
When the sheriff first goes to the new jail, he finds a bucket of red paint and yet nothing in the entire office had been painted red. The cell blocks were brick and the walls in the office were yellow. See more »
Now I'm gonna take a little trip tomorrow and I want you two to behave yourselves while I'm gone. I don't want nobody to make no martyr out of this here sheriff.
What's a martyr?
Oh, I'm sorry. They didn't use words like that in the third grade, did they?
Well, how would I know? I didn't get that far.
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This is yet another of those "they don't make 'em like this anymore" gems. And, this western is a comic gem. Okay, it's a scream!
The whole cast is perfect, playing perfectly to a wonderful script. While all the action circles around the perfectly cast James Garner, who is light and amusing. Although he is funny, he's still the straight man to to all the town loonies.
Bruce Dern and Jack Elam are over the top hilarious as a dimwitted bad guy and dimwitted "town character" respectively. Harry Morgan is as funny as he's ever been, which is saying a lot considering his role in What Did You Do In The War, Daddy? Walter Brennan is typically excellent in one of his later roles as the typically grump head of the bad guy's clan. Even the lesser roles, such as Kathleen Freeman as a passerby, are delightful.
But I get sad every time I see the late Joan Hackett, as the mayor's daughter, the madcap, eccentric Prudy. She gets lovelier every time I see this. She's as beautiful as she is funny in this and she's a riot. She left us way too soon.
I wish one of our revival houses would run this coupled with The Cheyanne Social Club, another delightfully comic western from that great era in films. That would be one entertaining night at the movies!
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