Support Your Local Sheriff (26-Mar-1969)|
Director: Burt Kennedy
Writer: William Bowers
Music by: Jeff Alexander
Producer: William Bowers
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.
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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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