Support Your Local Sheriff

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Overview

James Garner is a nothing short of a delight in this western spoof that stands western clichés on their ears. The film takes place in the small western town of Calender, a town that experiences a gold rush when gold is discovered in an open grave by Prudy Perkins Joan Hackett. As gold prospectors flood in and out of town, the Danby clan, anxious to take advantage of the situation since their ranch blocks the main road out of town levies a 20% tribute on every gold shipment that passes through. Three sheriffs have...
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Overview

James Garner is a nothing short of a delight in this western spoof that stands western clichés on their ears. The film takes place in the small western town of Calender, a town that experiences a gold rush when gold is discovered in an open grave by Prudy Perkins Joan Hackett. As gold prospectors flood in and out of town, the Danby clan, anxious to take advantage of the situation since their ranch blocks the main road out of town levies a 20% tribute on every gold shipment that passes through. Three sheriffs have been dispatched by the Danbys, and they control the town. Into this situation, on his way to Australia, rides Jason McCullough Garner. McCullough is an easy-going sort who just happens to be a crack shot. The town rapidly makes him sheriff. His first line of business is to break up a fight and to arrest Joe Danby Bruce Dern for murder. As McCullouch settles down in the Perkins boarding house, Pa Danby Walter Brennan plots to spring his son from jail. But when all his mechanizations fail to gain Joe's release, Pa Danby gathers together all the Danbys in the surrounding countryside to head into Calender to get rid of McCullough.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Along with Cat Ballou and Blazing Saddles, Support Your Local Sheriff ranks way up high on many people's list of essential comic Westerns -- and with good reason. While it lacks the lunacy of the Mel Brooks classic and is perhaps a trifle less sure-handed than Cat Ballou, Sheriff is a delight on its own terms. A huge portion of the credit is due to James Garner's perfect performance. Jason McCullough is a part that fits the actor to a glove, allowing him to use his easygoing charm, laconic way with a quip and mixture of bemusement and disbelief at the situations in which he finds himself to superb effect. It's a good thing that Garner has such quite strength, for he needs it to keep an irrepressible Walter Brennan from stealing any scene he can sink his teeth into. There's also notable turns from a loveably clumsy Joan Hackett, a remarkably dense Bruce Dern and almost everyone in the cast. They're all helped by William Bowers' clever script, deft turns of phrase, ability to set up jokes in the most surefire manner and appealing characters, and by Burt Kennedy's beautifully smooth direction. Sheriff is simply a lot of fun and should be enjoyed even by those who are not Western fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1998
  • UPC: 027616203137
  • Original Release: 1969
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Garner Jason McCullough
Joan Hackett Prudy Perkins
Walter Brennan Pa Danby
Harry Morgan Olly Perkins
Jack Elam Jake
Bruce Dern Joe Danby
Henry Jones Henry Jackson
Walter Burke Fred Johnson
Dick Peabody Luke Danby
Gene Evans Tom Danby
James Hackett
Chubby Johnson Brady
Kathleen Freeman Mrs. Danvers
Dick Haynes Barkeeper
Richard Hoyt Gunfighter
Marilyn Jones Bordello Girl
Gayle Rogers Bar Girl
Willis B. Bouchey Thomas Devery
John Milford
Technical Credits
Burt Kennedy Director
Jeff Alexander Score Composer
William Bowers Producer, Screenwriter
George W. Brooks Editor
George Brooks Editor
Norman Burza Costumes/Costume Designer
Leroy Coleman Art Director
Florence Hackett Costumes/Costume Designer
Hugh Hunt Set Decoration/Design
Stan Smith Makeup
Marcel Vercoutere Special Effects
Bruce Wright Sound/Sound Designer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Comedy Western second only to Blazing Saddles

    This is a Very funny movie. James Garner is the coolest cowboy to ever ride into down. Walter Brennan does a comedic take on his Old man Clanton character from "My Darling Clementine" (here called the Danby clan) that should not be missed. Jack Elam plays against his "bad guy" typecasting and does a very funny deputy to Garner's Sheriff. Joan Hackett (who is still missed very much) does a wonderful job as the love interest. And the rest of the cast is filled with great character actors from the 1960's, including M.A.S.H.'s own Harry Morgan (obviously Years before that role). And don't forget the girls at Madam Orr's House. If you have not seen this one, do yourself a favor and pick it up. This is much better than its sequal "Support your local Gunfighter" (which is an ok movie) so don't confuse the two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gardner Hits the Target

    If you are looking for a movie that will provide some lighthearted entertainment, this is it. James Gardner plays a sheriff who will remind you of Bret Maverick (an earlier Gardner TV character) By pure chance, Gardner becomes the sheriff of a wide-open gold-rush town. Bruce Dern is a dim- witted villian, with Walter Brenan as his father. Jack Elam (a former stable-cleaner town- character) plays the reluctant deputy. The plot is pretty standard: a sheriff is hired to clean up the town, encounters and overcomes difficulties along the way, marries the richest and weirdest girl in town, and lives happily ever after. However, the characters are varied and entertaining; and the situations will keep you laughing. This is movie you can enjoy with your children without any worries about inappropriate language, violence, or sex.

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