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The Iron Sheriff (1957)

Approved | | Western | April 1957 (USA)
When the sheriff's son is placed on trial for murdering a stagecoach driver, the sheriff desperately searches for the real killer - and finds the trail leads back to his boy.

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... Sheriff Samuel 'Sam' Galt
... Claire
... Roger Pollack
... Phil Quincy
... Benjamin 'Benjie' Galt
... Marshal Ellison
... District Attorney Holloway
... Leveret
... Range Detective Sutherland
Peter Miller ... Jackson Gallagher
... Kathi Walden (as Kathy Nolan)
... Eugene 'Gene' Walden
... Judge
... Bilson
... Sheriff Joe Tilyou (as Bob Williams)
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In 1891, in a small town in South Dakota, a stagecoach is robbed and the driver is killed. A small fortune in silver dollars has disappeared. The only suspect is Benjamin 'Benjie' Galt, the son of Sheriff Samuel 'Sam' Galt. The lad claims he's innocent but circumstances and a few witnesses place him at the scene of the murder-robbery. Heart-broken but honest, Sheriff Galt arrests his own son and prepares for the trial by hiring the best lawyer in the country to defend Benjie. The Sheriff also hires a local detective to investigate the scene of the stagecoach robbery and possibly dig up any new evidence or witnesses to help clear Benjie of the crime. However, when a silver dollar from the stage robbery loot turns up in the local saloon, the trail leads straight to Benjie. Written by nufs68

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From His Leather-Tough Skin To His Cold-Steel Guts He Was All Cast Iron - ...and then he began to crack! See more »

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The Trial of Benjie Galt  »

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1.37 : 1
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Although shot in the 1.37:1 aspect ratio (for later television airing) the theatrical aspect ratio of this film is 1.85:1 widescreen. Most modern 16x9 (1.78:1) televisions have a "zoom to width" picture option, essentially allowing the viewer to see it as the director and cinematographer intended. It is easy to spot films shot this way since all the titles and credits will still fit when properly cropped (they stay in the "middle" of the frame), and there is an unusual amount of "headroom" above the actors in medium and close-up shots when viewed uncropped. Quite often "mistakes" like seeing equipment in the top or bottom of the uncropped frame would never have been seen by a theater audience. See more »

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At the beginning of the film, the printer hands Quincy a sheet of newspaper right off the press, printed only on one side. In the next shot, Quincy is holding a paper printed on both sides. See more »

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Charley - Laundry Owner: Sheriff! Gone! All gone sheriff!
Sheriff Galt: What's all gone?
Charley - Laundry Owner: Money! Money all gone! Stolen!
Sheriff Galt: You kept your money in here?
[looks at wooden box]
Charley - Laundry Owner: Yes.
Sheriff Galt: How much was there?
Charley - Laundry Owner: All! Was going to save to go back to China, Sheriff. In back of ironing board. Nobody bothered. Broke in wash room last night. Just find empty box! Sheriff, no money left now... money from many years.
Sheriff Galt: Well, that's what we got banks for, Charlie.
Charley - Laundry Owner: [puzzled] What we got Sheriff for?
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Referenced in The Exiles (1961) See more »

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Not much of a Western, but a pretty good whodunit
29 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

I'll watch anything with Sterling Hayden in it, even the stuff he isn't so good in and the terrible stuff that he's the best thing in, just because when he's good he's wonderful and because he's one of my great heroes, not in the movies, but in life. I expected The Iron Sheriff to be one of the many less than good little pictures Hayden did during the mid-Fifties. As a Western, that's just what it is -- less than good. Cheap look, cheap sets, cheap costumes, poor action sequences (what little there are of them). In a world where Lonesome Dove and Deadwood exist, this is the kind of Western it's really hard to sit through. Except: it's actually got a pretty good plot angle, and the way it works out is interesting and believable (for the most part). It's much more of a murder mystery than a Western, perhaps no surprise coming from the pen of longtime Perry Mason writer Seeleg Lester. Hayden is the titular sheriff, dead set on proving his son innocent of murder. But the more he looks, the more evidence he finds of his son's guilt. Ultimately he has to face the age-old dilemma, choosing between love and honor. The film works out the story well and fairly satisfyingly, plot-wise, though the film-making is nothing to write home about. The script and some performances by people I normally don't care for much in movies (and whom I reevaluated after this) -- people like Mort Mills and Constance Ford -- make this one far more interesting and worth catching than I'd expected. It's one of Hayden's least impressive jobs, no matter how much I admire him. But the picture is sort of okay. Especially if you like a good detective story.


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