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Support Your Local Sheriff (26-Mar-1969)

Director: Burt Kennedy

Writer: William Bowers

Music by: Jeff Alexander

Producer: William Bowers

Keywords: Western/Comedy

James Garner is drifter Jason McCullough, slowly trying to make his way to Australia, who ambles into a western mining town deficient of sheriffs in recent months; he accepts the job of top lawman and sets about restoring law and order. Though a skilled marksman, McCullough prefers almost any solution that does not involve violence. But he must contend with the Danby Family after he arrests one of their sons.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Willis Bouchey
24-May-1907 27-Sep-1977 The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Walter Brennan
25-Jul-1894 21-Sep-1974 Three Oscars for Best Supporting Actor
Bruce Dern
4-Jun-1936   Silent Running
Jack Elam
13-Nov-1918 20-Oct-2003 The Sundowners
Gene Evans
11-Jul-1922 1-Apr-1998 Behemoth, the Sea Monster
Kathleen Freeman
17-Feb-1919 23-Aug-2001 Gen. Burkhalter's sister
James Garner
7-Apr-1928 19-Jul-2014 Jim Rockford on Rockford Files
Joan Hackett
1-Mar-1934 8-Oct-1983 Only When I Laugh
Henry Jones
1-Aug-1912 17-May-1999 The Bad Seed
Harry Morgan
10-Apr-1915 7-Dec-2011 Col. Sherman T. Potter on M*A*S*H


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
Kathleen Freeman   ...   Mrs. Danvers
Walter Burke   ...   Fred Johnson
Chubby Johnson   ...   Brady
Gene Evans   ...   Tom Danby
Dick Peabody   ...   Luke Danby
Dick Haynes   ...   Bartender


Review by anonymous (posted on 26-Oct-2006)

This film is an inventive and well-executed spoof on Western genre 'hero' films such as 'High Noon'. A drifter (James Garner) who keeps claiming that he's just passing through on his way to Australia, rescues a frontier town from lawlessness, catches the eye of the richest heiress in the territory and takes down the family of outlaws ruling the local economy with a combination of non-chalance honed to a fine art and some hysterically unorthodox tactics. James Garner is at his low-key, 'man in cool control' best. The supporting cast of Jack Elam as his alcoholic deputy, Joan Hackett as Garner's rich-but-ditzy love interest, Harry Morgan as her dad and Bruce Dern as a really dopey outlaw son of the patriarch of bandits (Walter Brennan) are all great foils for Garner. This is a very funny movie and for my money is far superior than the movie most people would point to a the classic spoof on Western heroism 'Blazing Saddles'. It's funnier, much less dirty and more innovative throughout and, unlike the Mel Brooks film, actually has a good, coherent ending--which I'm not going to tell you for y'all own good. So there!

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