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The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958)

After inadvertently stopping an Indian attack on his stagecoach while traveling in the American West, an English gentleman finds himself appointed sheriff of a nearby town.


Raoul Walsh


Howard Dimsdale (screenplay), Jacob Hay (short story)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Morley ... Uncle Lucius
Ronald Squire ... Toynbee - His Solicitor
David Horne ... James - His Butler
Eynon Evans Eynon Evans ... Mason - Manager, Jonathan Tibbs & Co.)
Kenneth More ... Jonathan Tibbs
Jayne Mansfield ... Kate
Henry Hull ... Masters
William Campbell ... Keeno
Bruce Cabot ... Jack
Sidney James ... The Drunk
Donald Stewart Donald Stewart ... The Drummer
Reed De Rouen Reed De Rouen ... Clayborne
Clancy Cooper ... A Barber
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... Luke
Gordon Tanner ... Wilkins


A proper English gentleman, traveling in the American West, inadvertently stops an Indian attack on the stagecoach in which he is a passenger. When the stage gets to the nearest town, the raucous Fractured Jaw--which is being plagued by unruly cowbys, bandits and marauding Indians--the story spreads, and he is appointed sheriff. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

13 March 1959 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Sheriff wider Willen See more »

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England, UK See more »


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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo



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2.35 : 1
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Average Shot Length = ~7.7 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~6.8 seconds. See more »


As Kenneth More is playing poker with the mayor and other townspeople, the number of coins on the table in front of him suddenly changes as he rakes in the pot while the camera angle shifts. See more »


Red Wolf: [Referring to 3 beautiful Indian women] My father says these are too skinny. He'll find something better.
Jonathan Tibbs: [Three *formidable* and large Indian women gather] Great Scott!
Red Wolf: My father says these will keep you warm in the winter.
Jonathan Tibbs: [Whistles] What about the summer?
Red Wolf: A brave can have many wives.
Jonathan Tibbs: I'm not *that* brave!
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British/American Western Comedy and considered the first European western to be filmed in Spain.
31 October 2014 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A proper British gentleman named Jonathan Tibbs (Kenneth More) attempts to improve the fortunes of his uncle's (Robert Morley) London gun company is to sell their supplies in the Wild West such as his large rifles and small Derringer pistol . Tibbs traveling in the American West , when inadvertently takes place an Indian attack on the stagecoach in which he is a humble passenger (along with comical Brit Sidney James at a brief appearance) . Later on , the stagecoach gets to the nearest little town , as he arrives in troublesome Fractured Jaw which is being plagued by outlaws (William Campbell) and band wars . He then is appointed sheriff by Mayor Masters (Henry Hull) of the raucous town . A series of misunderstandings give him the completely fake reputation of being a skill gunfighter and he is inveigled into becoming a botcher sheriff . Meantime , two trigger-happy local ranchers (Bruce Cabot) squaring up against each other, along with unruly cowboys , villains and marauding Indians . It's as well he is getting advice from gorgeous innkeeper Kate (Jayne Mansfield).

Hilarious Western comedy in which Kenneth More as bungler sheriff shows his particular talent ; as he is a London gentleman turned into smooth-talking, fast-on-the-draw gunman . It includes a lot of humor , songs , sprawling , almost primitive action teeming across the screen . A rip-roaring Western/comedy as the conventions of the Wild West are turned upside down . This funny picture is a gag feast , plenty of humor , diverting situations and absurd sketches in Bob Hope style . Amusing and spasmodic comedy with expert comedian British Kenneth More acting in his stereotyped role by relinquishing creative control and concentrating on humor based on confusion and the known formula : ¨fish out water¨ along with nice inventive bits , skilfully combining the entertainment with the amusement . Kenneth More runs away with every cowboy cliché and even arranges to wind up with the girl . Busty as well sultry Jayne Mansfield who ropes the nervous Kenneth More/Jonathan Tibbs into marriage ; sassy and sweetie Jayne Mansfield sings some songs , though her singing voice is dubbed by Connie Francis . Here Jayne Mansfield was 6 weeks pregnant to Mickey Hargitay when production began . Important appearance by Hollywood veteran Henry Hull , as town Mayor and Bruce Cabot : John Ford's usual ; in addition , prestigious Brit secondaries such as Ronald Squire , Sidney James and Robert Morley and uncredited Al Mulock and Steven Berkoff as extra . Lively and adequate musical score by Robert Farnon including catching songs . Colorful as well as evocative cinematography by Otto Heller . The film has a historical interest , deemed to be the first Western shot in Spain in the following locations : Colmenar Viejo , La Pedriza and Manzanares Del Real , where were subsequently filmed lots of Paella and Spaghetti Western in the 60s and 70s .

The motion picture produced by Daniel M. Angel was middlingly directed by Raoul Walsh . From his starts in the silent cinema he achieved successful films until the 50s and forward , early 60s , when he was less dominant , but is still stayed lots of lusty adventure , stories of comradeship and friendship , and Raoul Walsh makes the most of plentiful action scenes . Walsh was an expert director of all kind genres but with penchant in Western as ¨Colorado territory¨ , ¨They died with their boots on¨, ¨Along the great divide¨, ¨Saskatchewan¨, ¨King and four queens¨ , ¨A distant trumpet¨ ; Adventure as ¨Thief of Bagdad¨, ¨Captain Horatio Hornblower¨, ¨World in his hands¨, ¨Blackbeard the pirate¨ , ¨Sea devils¨ ; Warlike as ¨Objetive Burma¨ , ¨Northern pursuit¨, ¨Marines let's go¨ ; and Noir film as ¨White heat¨, ¨High Sierra¨, ¨They drive by night¨, ¨The roaring twenties¨. And this acceptable ¨The sheriff of fractured jaw¨, rating : 5,5/10 ; fairly straightforward movie and passable Western comedy . This average Western film makes it of the lesser interesting of Raoul Walsh genre entries.

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