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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.

Director:

Burt Kennedy

Writer:

William Bowers
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Jason
Joan Hackett ... Prudy
Walter Brennan ... Pa Danby
Harry Morgan ... Olly Perkins
Jack Elam ... Jake
Henry Jones ... Henry Jackson
Bruce Dern ... Joe Danby
Willis Bouchey ... Thomas Devery
Gene Evans ... Tom Danby
Walter Burke ... Fred Johnson
Dick Peabody Dick Peabody ... Luke Danby
Chubby Johnson ... Brady (scenes deleted)
Kathleen Freeman ... Mrs. Danvers
Dick Haynes ... Bartender
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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sheriff See more »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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[after Joe shoots the cardplayer in the saloon, he claims it was self-defense]
Jason McCullough: Well, it may have been a lot of things, but self-defense it wasn't. And he didn't draw first - you did.
Joe Danby: What do you mean by that?
Jason McCullough: Oh, it's an old trick. You did it pretty well - not real well - but pretty well. You feinted with your left shoulder, getting him to go for his gun, while you were goin' for yours with your right hand at the same time. It's an old Arizona trick; but I... I have seen it used as far north as ...
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Riotous Western parody compellingly directed by Burt Kennedy with entertaining and amusing scenes
23 March 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Spoof Western with magnificent starring duo as James Garner as a likable sheriff and Joan Hackett as fem-lib mayor's daughter , both of whom giving great lots of fun . In the old west, a man becomes a sheriff just for the pay, figuring he can decamp if things get tough. The film talks about a gambler just passing through who gets roped into being sheriff (James Garner) who finds his nemesis an old baron land (Walter Brennan) . One trouble-shooting sheriff always puts his finger on it or in it , no wonder they call him : The fastest finger in the west . The sheriff cleans a lawless town in his own highly individual way and is helped by an inept deputy (Jack Elam) . In the end, he uses ingenuity instead and gets to tame a lawless mining town against all odds .

This wacky spoof is packed with mayhem , lots of silly laughters and great entertainment and fun . Most of the laughs and sight gags galore work acceptably well ; humor is also bold and intelligent with a myriad of imaginative sketches . Demystified Western was one of a group of much-imitated which changed the concept of this particular genre each bent on disproving a popular myth , yet tinged with humor , spoof and combining with anti-heroes , and the inevitable decadence protagonists . The formula deals to enhance the comics observations of the western originated on the decade 60 with the following filmmakers : Andrew McLagen and Burt Kennedy , fine director of this movie, and a bit later on , Mel Brooks directed the indispensable ¨Blazing saddles¨ , a surrealist , extreme and gross-out spoof with the ordinary bunch of loonies and loopies . Burt Kennedy directed similar Western blending comedy such as : ¨Support your local gunfighter (one of his better spoof Western)¨ , ¨Support your local sheriff¨ (his highpoint) , ¨Dirty Dingus Mcgee¨ , ¨War Wagon¨ and ¨ The Good guys and bad guys¨ . The picture is wonderfully amused and enjoyable with James Garner as a tough but sympathetic sheriff with his Maverick image who uses brains as well as brawny and guns . William Bowers's screenplay besides having more than its fair scraps of funny lines ,throws up rich personages . Thus , Walter Brennan makes a robustly likable characterization as well as Bruce Dern as a snide gunman and Harry Morgan as the Mayor . Special mention to Jack Elam as the old brawler clearly relishing his comic relief . Colorful cinematography rightly shot by excellent cameraman Harry Stradling , Burt Kennedy's usual . Jolly and agreeable musical score by Jeff Alexander .

This very funny motion picture was well directed by Burt Kennedy . He initially was screenwriter , his initial effort, ¨Seven men from now¨ (1956), was a superb western, the first of the esteemed collaboration between director Budd Boetticher and star Randolph Scott. Kennedy wrote most of that series, as well as a number of others for Batjac, although it would be nearly 20 years before Wayne actually appeared in the film of a Kennedy script. In 1960 Kennedy got his first work as a filmmaker on a western, ¨The Canadians¨ (1961), but it was a critical failure . He turned to television where he wrote and directed episodes of "Lawman" (1958), "The Virginian " (1962) and most notably ¨Combat!"(1962). He returned to films in 1965 with the successful Te Canadians (1965), later producing and directing the pilot for the TV series of the same name. ¨Support you local sheriff¨ results to be one of his best Western . The film will appeal to absurd, unruly , wacky Western comedy fans . This raucous Western spoof is a James Garner vehicle , if you like his particular performance ,you'll enjoy this one .


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