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
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This movie's opening scene shows the town's folk performing a burial service. During the prayer, Trudy (Joan Hackett) spots gold in the grave and jumps in to stake her claim as well as the other town's folk. This same scenario happened in Paint Your Wagon (1969) during the opening scene. Partner's (Clint Eastwood) brother was killed while moving to California during the gold rush. During his burial service, gold was spotted in the grave by the other miners present. Before Ben Rumson (Lee Marvin) can finish the prayer, his body was pulled out of the grave and everyone jumps in the grave to try and stake the claim. See more »
Before the final shootout, about a dozen Danbys are shown riding into town and dismounting. There is a cut to two men walking towards the sheriff's office, but when the camera cuts back, all the horses have now disappeared. See more »
[after Pa Danby leaves the sheriff's office]
You know... he strikes me as bein' a lonely man.
Lonely? Danby? Why he's a mean, no-good, lowdown bushwhacker!
Well, there you see? No wonder he's lonely.
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One of my favorite western comedies; there isn't a false note in the whole film. No matter how many times I've seen it, I always laugh out loud throughout the film. The cast is simply wonderful: James Garner is playing tongue in cheek as the naive yet witty Sheriff, and Walter Brennan, Bruce Dern and Jack Elam are simply marvelous. Add in the physical comedy of Joan Hackett and it's just a wonderful film. My highest recommendation.
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