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Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969)

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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Though not a sequel or related to the original story line, this movie was followed by Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971) with most of the cast intact playing similar characters. See more »

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In the very first fight scene at Emma's Tasty Food Emporium, one man hits another in the face with a plate of food - a paper plate; not one of the tin ones everyone is eating off of. See more »

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[Pa Danby has just come from a meeting where Jason McCullough stumped him by sticking his finger in the barrel of Pa's pistol]
Tom Danby: He stuck his finger in the end of your *what?*
Pa Danby: Will you shut up? Everybody'll be lookin'!
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Referenced in Mary Tyler Moore: Support Your Local Mother (1970) See more »

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Rock of Ages
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady
Music by Thomas Hastings
Hummed by Joan Hackett
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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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