Sunday, 28 November 2010

Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969)

Featuring laconic Jason McCullough (James Garner) as the fastest gun in the West and new sherrif of a gold-rush town, Prudy Perkins (Joan Hacket) as an unconventional heroine and her father Olly Perkins (Harry Morgan) as the town's mayor, this comedy western is full of vitality and humour.  Bruce Dern, Walter Brennan and Jack Elam are among the other co-stars of this movie in which Sheriff is the job no-one wants, but McCullough does it on the basis that he's "just passing through... on his way to Australia", so it's just temporary... right?

A whacky plot combines with great performances, good dialogue and some sparkling site gags to create a great movie.  It's a truly ageless movie that doesn't even require you to like Westerns to enjoy (I don't like Westerns but love this film).

This here jail don't need no iron bars...

Eulogy given at the intro of Support Your Local Sheriff, just before they discover gold in the freshly dug grave:

"We are gathered here today to consign the mortal remains of Millard Frymore... or whatever his name really was. I ain't really got a whole lot to say about Millard because he only rode amongst us two days ago, and was promptly struck down by whatever deadly disease it was struck him down. We can only hope that whatever deadly disease it was, it wasn't particularly contagious. And with that in mind, I suggest we all bow our heads in devout prayer." 

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