Tin Star
  • Tin Star
  • Tin Star

Tin Star

Director: Anthony Mann

Cast: Anthony Mann, Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins, Betsy Palmer

     
 

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Taciturn marshal-turned-bounty hunter Henry Fonda rides into a small town where greenhorn deputy Anthony Perkins is sole representative of the law. Sensing that the boy could use some seasoning, Fonda makes it his mission to teach Perkins how to protect himself against the criminal element. Though diametrically opposed in personality, the older Fonda and the younger… See more details below

Overview

Taciturn marshal-turned-bounty hunter Henry Fonda rides into a small town where greenhorn deputy Anthony Perkins is sole representative of the law. Sensing that the boy could use some seasoning, Fonda makes it his mission to teach Perkins how to protect himself against the criminal element. Though diametrically opposed in personality, the older Fonda and the younger Perkins find they are kindred spirits in their dedication to their work. Using the lessons taught him by Fonda, Perkins is able to prove his worth by taking on town hothead Neville Brand. Directed with a minimum of slack and flab by Anthony Mann, The Tin Star was later spun off into the TV series The Deputy, which starred Henry Fonda and Allen Case.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Based on a script written by the aging Dudley Nichols toward the end of his distinguished career, Tin Star has the feel of a man trying to impart a simple lesson before he dies. Director Anthony Mann obviously decided to relegate his formidable talent for capturing rugged Western landscapes to the back burner in a film that was shot mostly on sound stages. Possibly reflecting the cynicism wrought in Hollywood by the blacklist, Fonda's embittered bounty hunter tries to explain to a young sheriff, the reliably neurotic Tony Perkins, how an intuitive understanding of the people he's living among can be more valuable than a fast gun. The film's anti-vigilante sub-theme, a feature of a number of Fonda's movies, also echoes the excesses of the McCarthy era. While it sometimes feels like an inflated version of the kind of TV Western that ruled the airwaves during that time, the film's ambling pace allows for more fully developed characters, and the credibility of the relationship between Fonda and Perkins is enough to carry its familiar homilies.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2004
UPC:
0097360570847
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:32:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9 TVs; English subtitles; Dolby Digital; -English 5.1 surround sound; -English restored mono

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Henry Fonda Morgan Hickman
Anthony Perkins Sheriff Ben Owens
Betsy Palmer Nora Mayfield
Michael Ray Kip Mayfield
Neville Brand Bart Bogardus
Lee Van Cleef Ed McGaffey
John McIntire Dr. McCord
Mary Webster Millie Parker
Peter Baldwin Zeke McGaffey
Richard Shannon Buck Henderson
James Bell Judge Thatcher
Howard Petrie Harvey King
Russell Simpson Clem Hall
Hal K. Dawson Andy Miller
Jack Kenney Sam Hodges
Mickey Finn McCall
Tim Sullivan Virgil Hough
Frank Cady Abe Pickett
Frank Cordell Posse Member
Bob Kenaston Hardman
Frank McGrath Jim Clark

Technical Credits
Anthony Mann Director
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Loyal Griggs Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
J. McMillan Johnson Art Director
Joel Kane Original Story
Alma Macrorie Editor
Frank R. McKelvey Set Decoration/Design
Michael D. Moore Asst. Director
Dudley Nichols Screenwriter
Hal Pereira Art Director
William Perlberg Producer
George Seaton Producer
Barney Slater Original Story,Screenwriter
Wally Westmore Makeup

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Stranger in Town [7:22]
2. Bogardus Is the Name [7:01]
3. Hope for the Badge [7:49]
4. Trouble for Sheriff Owens [7:24]
5. "Morg" [6:07]
6. No Running From Responsibility [7:16]
7. Stagecoach Killing [3:06]
8. McCord Day [10:52]
9. Posse or Mob? [9:31]
10. Smoking Them Out [9:42]
11. The Rope's All Ready [14:55]
12. So Long, Hickman [1:40]

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