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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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Our trouble-shooting sheriff always put his finger on it (or in it). No wonder they call him The Fastest Finger in the West. See more »


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26 March 1969 (USA)  »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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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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The tree where Jake and the Sheriff stop to cook their fish, is the exact same tree where the Sheriff and Prudy stop and talk about all the Danby boys coming to "take care" of the sheriff and Jake. See more »

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Jason McCullough: Well, it seems Joe murdered a man this afternoon.
Pa Danby: The way I hear'd it, he killed a man in a fair gunfight.
Jason McCullough: I was standing right there.
Pa Danby: You was standin' right where?
Jason McCullough: In the saloon when Joe killed him.
Pa Danby: Well, now that was real smart of him, weren't it?
Jason McCullough: I've been around Joe all afternoon and I haven't seen him do one smart thing yet.
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Referenced in Full House: Support Your Local Parents (1993) 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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This is a scream!
7 June 2004 | by (Azusa, CA) – See all my reviews

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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