Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) Poster

James Garner: Jason



  • Mayor Ollie Perkins : I wanted you to meet my daughter, Sheriff. She's a good cook, a mighty fine looking girl. Takes after her dear, departed mother.

    Jason McCullough : Mother died, huh?

    Mayor Ollie Perkins : Nope, she just departed.

  • Jason McCullough : [Fingering dented badge]  That must have saved the life of whoever was wearin' it.

    Mayor Olly Perkins : Well, it sure would have, if it hadn't been for all them other bullets flyin' in from everywhere.

  • Pa Danby : If that gun had gone off, it'd of blowed right up in my face.

    Jason McCullough : Now it wouldn't have done my finger a hell of a lot of good either, would it? What can I do for you, Mr. Danby?

  • [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 Montana.

    Joe Danby : Are you callin' me a liar?

    Jason McCullough : Well now, you heard every word I said and I didn't call you a liar. All I said was you feinted him into drawin' with your left shoulder while you were goin' for the gun with the right hand.

    Joe Danby : So what?

    Jason McCullough : You beat that poor man to the draw. He's dead and you're alive - that's the whole idea of the game, isn't it?

    Joe Danby : What's your name?

    Jason McCullough : Jason McCullough. What's yours?

    Joe Danby : Joe Danby. And you had better remember it.

    Jason McCullough : Oh, I'll remember it, Joe. That's about all I'm gonna do the rest of my life is go around rememberin' your name.

  • [Jason is inquiring about the job of sheriff] 

    Jason McCullough : Well, gentlemen, I think it's only fair to tell you that I'd only be interested in this job on a temporary basis.

    Henry Jackson : Oh?

    Jason McCullough : Well, you see, actually I was on my way to Australia when I heard about your gold strike and I decided to, uh, travel through here and see if I couldn't pick myself up a little stake.

    Thomas Devery : What do you want to go to Australia for?

    Jason McCullough : Well, it's the last of the frontier country. Thought I might like to do a little pioneering.

    Fred Johnson : I thought this was frontier country and we was pioneers.

    Henry Jackson : So did I.

  • [Jake comes in the sheriff's office] 

    Pa Danby : What's he supposed to be?

    Jason McCullough : Well, that's my deputy.

    Pa Danby : Why last week he was shovelin' horse... he was workin' in the stable.

    Jason McCullough : Well, he's been promoted.

  • 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.

  • [Jason and Prudy are talking about how the Danbys are gathering to come after the sheriff] 

    Prudy : Have you figured what you're gonna do?

    Jason McCullough : More or less.

    Prudy : What?

    Jason McCullough : Oh, I thought I might just leave town. Just get out of town before they ride in - just ride out and keep on goin'.

    Prudy : I don't believe it.

    Jason McCullough : Well, I don't know why not. I've never made any secret of the fact that basically I'm on my way to Australia. And I don't think I'm gonna find a better time to get started than right now. Besides, uh, I don't like the odds.

  • Jason McCullough : Why do these jaspers always have to hit town at meal time?

    Prudy : You gonna kill another man?

    Jason McCullough : Well, I'm sure we all hope it turns out that way.

  • Joe Danby : I hear you're gonna try and arrest me. You know you don't look near as tough as some of them other sheriffs we've had lately. Particularly that old boy that done run off about an hour and a half after he took the job.

    Jason McCullough : Joe, you just make me feel tired all over when you talk like that.

    Joe Danby : Now, what do you mean by that?

    Jason McCullough : It's bad enough to have to kill a man without having to listen to a whole lot of stupid talk from him first.

  • [Jason is coaching Jake how to shoot better] 

    Jake : How come nobody ever heard of you? I mean, a man that can shoot like you do and draw as fast as you can... how come you ain't got a reputation?

    Jason McCullough : What would I want with a reputation? That's a good way to get yourself killed.

  • Joe Danby : You expect me to sit here in this lousy cell on that...

    [notices the red paint drippings on the floor] 

    Joe Danby : What is that red stuff all over the floor there?

    Jason McCullough : Oh, uh...

    [waves his boot over the paint] 

    Jason McCullough : ...that's the poor fella that crossed the line earlier today.

  • Mayor Olly Perkins : You interested in the job of sheriff?

    Jason McCullough : Oh, maybe. How much does it pay?

    Townsman : Well, none of our sheriffs ever lived long enough to find out.

  • Joe Danby : I'm gonna get you for this, Jake!

    Jason McCullough : Well, you are the toughest talkin' blowhard I ever heard!

  • Jason McCullough : It seems like you spent a lot of time with horses.

    Jake : One end or the other. Of course, I come about it natural. My daddy stole horses for a living. They hung him.

  • Mayor Olly Perkins : That must have been some show you put on at the saloon this afternoon. It kind of sobered up the whole town.

    Jason McCullough : Well, that's good.

    Mayor Olly Perkins : Maybe... maybe not. It has been a lot of fun around here up to now. I mean, everything all kind of wide-open and relaxed. Nobody looking down their noses at anybody who happened to shoot someone else. Nobody poking their noses into nobody else's business without them getting their big noses blasted off in the process. Ah, I guess now that we got law and order, chuches will start moving in.

    Jason McCullough : Yeah, that's usually the next thing that happens.

    Mayor Olly Perkins : And then the women will start forming committees and having bazaars. And then they'll chase Madame Orr's girls out of town, or make them get married, or something even worse. But, what the hell, like you said, the law's the law, and we got to face up to it sometime.

    Jason McCullough : When did I say that?

  • Jason McCullough : Gentlemen, do we have a jail here?

    Mayor Olly Perkins : Do we have a jail? A brand new one with two cells that the whole community pitched in and built last month!

    Fred Johnson : Just like a barn raising.

    Henry Jackson : Even the dancehall girls showed up. They made sandwiches and carried on like crazy.

    Mayor Olly Perkins : It was designed to be practically escape proof.

    Jason McCullough : Well, good, because I think I'm going to have to throw a couple of people in it.

    Mayor Olly Perkins : There's only one thing. This new jail is sure got everything.

    Fred Johnson : Even a new stove with a coffee pot already on it.

    Mayor Olly Perkins : The only thing it hasn't got is iron bars for the cells.

  • Jason McCullough : Is this the kind of town you people want for yourselves? Is this the kind of life you want to lead? I mean, three killings in one saloon alone! The sun hasn't even gone down yet. Any more of this foolishness, and I'm gonna close this place up tight.

  • Jason McCullough : How's Joe?

    Jake : Oh, he figures he's going to be out of here and we're going to be dead about this time tomorrow.

    Jason McCullough : Did he seem to feel any sorrow over the fact that we might all be killed?

    Jake : No, it's more like he planned to dance and spit all over our graves.

    Jason McCullough : Sounds like Joe.

  • Jake : You want me to tell Joe Danby that he's under arrest for murder? What're you gonna do after he kills me?

    Jason McCullough : Then I'll arrest him for both murders.

  • Mayor Ollie Perkins : I guess you know what you're doing, Sheriff.

    Jason McCullough : I don't know what I could have said to give you that idea, Mayor.

  • Jason McCullough : Well, do you see anything?

    Jake : No. What are we lookin' for?

    Jason McCullough : What are we lookin' for? We're lookin' for nuggets, a vein, the mother lode!

    Jake : What's the mother lode?

    Jason McCullough : I'm beginning to get the horrible feelin' you know even less about gold mining than I do, Jake.

    Jake : Course I don't know anything about gold mining!

    Jason McCullough : Well, what do you think I brought you along for? I thought everyone around here knew about mining.

    Jake : Well I don't! I might be able to give you a few tips about shoveling horse... working around the stable, but I don't know nothing about huntin' gold.

  • Jason McCullough : You beat that poor man to the draw. He's dead and you're alive. That's the idea of this game, isn't it?

  • [after Pa Danby leaves the sheriff's office] 

    Jason McCullough : You know... he strikes me as bein' a lonely man.

    Jake : Lonely? Danby? Why he's a mean, no-good, lowdown bushwhacker!

    Jason McCullough : Well, there you see? No wonder he's lonely.

  • Mayor Ollie Perkins : She's a rich little old gal in her own name, Sheriff. Sole owner of the Millard Frymore Memorial Mining Company.

    Jason McCullough : You meanin' whoever marries her gets the mine.

    Mayor Ollie Perkins : Shaft and all!

  • Mayor Olly Perkins : [talking about Prudy]  She's had some terrible shocks this year. She got wealthy almost overnight - I think maybe it unhinged her a little bit. Then she was always kind of big for her age and "pooberty" hit her hard - that'll do it you know.

    Jason McCullough : I didn't know that.

    Mayor Olly Perkins : Well, it will!

    [after more conversation with the mayor, Jason is leaving the house and looks up the stairs to where Prudy ran off] 

    Jason McCullough : "Pooberty"

  • Jason McCullough : [after Prudy shoots and kills 2 men]  Ain't you ever heard of just wounding them?

    Prudy : I only know ONE way to shoot, and that's to kill.

  • Jason McCullough : After we're married - no matter how many kids we got - when I say we're off to Australia... we pack up, kids and all, and off we go.

    Prudy : What do I wanna go to Australia for?

    Jason McCullough : Because that's where your husband would be. And girls usually go where their husbands are.

  • Jason McCullough : Jake, how would you like the job as my deputy?

    Jake : I'd hate it! Even if I lived through it, I'd hate it!

  • Jason McCullough : But the mayor seemed to think that my qualifications suited the job perfectly.

    Jake : Well, he'd have thought that if you were blind in both eyes and crippled in both legs.

    Jason McCullough : l think you've got the situation pegged, Jake.

  • Jake : I was raised up in Indiana.

    Jason McCullough : Well, that could be either good or bad.

  • Jason McCullough : Pretty sloppy shootin,' Jake.

    Jake : Well, I was in a hurry to save your life. I wasn't tryin' to group my shots.

    Jason McCullough : If you'd have been standing five feet further away, you'd have missed him entirely.

  • Jason McCullough : [to Joe Danby]  He won't mind you murdering that man. He just doesn't like for you to get caught, huh?

  • Jason McCullough : You meaning, whoever marries her gets the mine?

    Mayor Ollie Perkins : Shaft and all.

  • Jason McCullough : Well, when you set out to clean up a mess, you don't just sit around while the mess gets bigger and bigger.

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