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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful comedy western, 26 July 2004
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L O'connor (richmond, surrey United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Support Your Local Sheriff! [DVD] (DVD)
This film is like a comedy version of 'High Noon'. Sharp shooter Jason McCullough (James Garner)is on his way to Australia when he stops at a small gold-rush town and is persuaded to accept the job of sheriff. Nobody else wants the job because the whole town is being terrorised by the dreaded Danby gang. Garner captures one of the Danby gang and imprisons him in the cell at the sheriff's office, even though the cell has no bars, so he makes do with a white line painted on the floor. He thwarts various attempts by the other Danbys to escue their brother, and eventually succeeds in overcoming the entire gang. Meanwhile he is having a romance with accident-prone Joan Hackett. The best line in the film is where he is talking to Hackett's father (Harry Morgan) about his daughter. "She takes after her dear departed mother'Morgan says. "Oh, your wife died?" says Garner. "Nope"Morgan replies "she just departed." This is a very funny film, if you don't take westerns too seriously you should enjoy it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 60 for who and 40 for who?, 25 July 2004
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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Down through time it is easy to get the "support your local" films mixed up. This is the first. This is an educational film teaching you everything from sharing to proper gun pointing etiquette. Everyone has his or her favorite part in this movie. It contains sight gages and puns and jokes (some take time to think about.)
I will not go into detail incase you have not seen this as it is fun to watch the story unfold. However it is several overlapping stories tied together by Jason McCullough (James Garner) who has spent four years on his way to Australia and stops for a little gold prospecting. He needs a job to buy food while prospecting, as the position of sheriff is available.
O.K. I can not help it. He is handed the badge with a dent from a bullet in it.
James Garner: This must have saved his life.
Harry Morgan: It would have, if it weren't for all those other bullets.
This movie may not have all the DVD goodies you look for but it is DVD so it will last as long as the technology.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than I remembered it!, 17 Aug 2006
This review is from: Support Your Local Sheriff! [DVD] (DVD)
This is a gem - and yet so few people know about it!

Wonderful script, excellent ensemble comedy acting and some wonderful sight gags, like the failed jail break. James Garner and Jack Elam make a wonderful team and the film had my whole family laughing out loud.

I can't resist one spolier...

The Sheriff takes the newly arested Joe Danby (Bruce Dern) into his half finished jail.

Sherrif: "That cell over there is yours."

Danby: (seeing that there is no wall and no bars) "You gotta be kidding me!"

Sheriff: "Now that's just what I said - but we'll just have to make do"

If you haven't seen this then you are in for a treat!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An affectionate, wry Western spoof, with fine work by all the players, 10 Aug 2007
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C. O. DeRiemer (San Antonio, Texas, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Support Your Local Sheriff! [DVD] (DVD)
Jack Elam, with his one askew eye, was a guy who could watch two tennis matches at the same time without moving his head. As Jake, he's one of the reasons Support Your Local Sheriff! is as funny a Western spoof as it is. The other reasons include James Garner as Jason McCullough, Walter Brennan as Pa Danby, Joan Hackett as Prudy Perkins, Harry Morgan as Mayor Olly Perkins and Bruce Dern as Joe Danby.

McCullough drifts into the raw-boned, wide-open, gold rush town of Callender, Colorado, on his way, eventually, to Australia. He winds up taking the temporary job of sheriff, one in a long line of temporary office holders. Mayor Olly Perkins, who hires him, isn't exactly forthright about the short life spans of the previous sheriffs. McCullough comes up against the Danby clan, led by the mean old reprobate Pa Danby, when he arrests young Joe Danby for murder. And while Jason is staying at the mayor's home, he happens to fall for the mayor's daughter, Prudy, a young woman who seems to fall effortlessly into disasters. Providing back protection for McCullough is his deputy, Jake, who the day before was shoveling horse manure for a living.

Burt Kennedy was a longtime director of Westerns; he knows all the cliches and uses them with glee. What makes the movie work so well is the skill with which his actors do their jobs. Garner plays McCullough with laid-back cool, a wry man not to be rushed and, incidentally, very fast with a gun. Joan Hackett was a first-rate actress, and here she's not afraid to play a tomboy who always seems to put her worst foot forward. She's may fall face first in the mud but she comes up swinging. One of her best performances is in Will Penny. Walter Brennan just about steals the movie; it's a neck-and-neck tie between him and Garner. Brennan was a versatile, skilled actor who earned his three best supporting Academy Awards. He could play the home-spun preacher, the vicious outlaw, the hopping old coot. Here he's the fit-to-be-tied, rough-edged patriarch of a family of dim-witted sons. It's a nice performance. If you want to see just how good an actor Brennan was in his prime, watch him as Judge Roy Bean in The Westerner or as Old Man Clanton in My Darling Clementine. In another case of actorly theft, he effortlessly steals The Westerner from Gary Cooper. Bruce Dern as the remarkably stupid and dangerous youngest Danby adds to his list of off-center and funny portrayals.

Support Your Local Sheriff! is a well-crafted, affectionate spoof of Western cliches. It works so well, in my opinion, because it doesn't take itself seriously and because of some first-rate performances by any number of solid actors. The major drawback for me is the musical score. The movie is funny enough on its own that it doesn't need to have the music grab your lapels and tell you to laugh at a scene. The score does this over and over. The DVD is bare bones and, to my eye, looks fine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our last sheriff was a good organiser. Yellow clear through, but a good organiser., 25 Nov 2010
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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Support Your Local Sheriff! is directed by Burt Kennedy and written by William Bowers. It stars James Garner, Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan, Jack Elam, Harry Morgan and Bruce Dern. Harry Stradling Jr. is the cinematographer and Jeff Alexander scores the music. The film is essentially a parody of a Western splinter that encompasses an iconoclastic new arrival in a troubled town who sets about taming it. Here it's James Garner as Jason McCullough who is on his way to Australia to make his fortune. Stopping over in an Old Western town for some rest, a bite to eat, and maybe earn some cash? McCullough is disgusted to find corruption and murder is rife. Showing a firm backbone and some nifty skills with a gun, McCullough highly impresses the town dignitaries who offer him the position of Sheriff. A job he finally accepts and begins taming the town with his unconventional methods.

Support Your Local Sheriff! Very much had time on its side when it was released. Interest in the Western as a genre had waned considerably, with the advent of free television potentially ready to drive the final nails into the coffin. Four years earlier Cat Ballou had shown that a comedy Western in the 60s could be well received. While master craftsman Howard Hawks had parodied his own Rio Bravo a year after Cat Ballou with the well regarded El Dorado. Throw into the pot that James Garner had good comedic Western credentials behind him on account of his run in TV series Maverick (1957-1962); and it's evident that Messrs Kennedy & Bowers knew exactly what they were doing.

Roger Ebert famously accused the makers of the film of being thieves, not buying into the parody basis, he hated the film and thought it just stole from other Western movies whilst being made in a TV show style. Well that's kind of the core of a parody movie is it not? Bowers & Kennedy have crafted a top dollar irreverent Oater, embracing the clichés of many standard genre pics that had gone before it-and then turning them upside down. While all the time, with this cast of very knowing genre participants, cloaking the picture with love and affection. It's not so much biting the hand that feeds you, but more a tasteful appreciation of what was sometimes fed.

Full of truly memorable scenes such as a jail without bars, the film is immeasurably helped by the on fire cast. Garner deadpans it a treat and is charismatic into the bargain. As he goes about taming the town more by logic and suggestion than rapid gunfire, he's a hero that's very easy to warm too. Hackett, who owes the Western fan nothing after Will Penny, is simply adorable as a bumbling rich girl quickly getting the hots for the new Sheriff. Morgan & Dern play it firmly with a glint in the eye and tongue in cheek, and Brennan, a god-like bastion of Western's, is hilarious as the patriarch of the bullying Danby clan. But best of the bunch is Jack Elam (The Far Country/ Vera Cruz/ Gunfight at the OK Corral), who playing the town character somehow finds himself (in spite of himself) employed as the Sheriff's deputy, turns in a lesson in visual and physical comedy. Fittingly it's Elam who closes the film out with a suitably knowing piece of smart.

It lacks some great scenic photography and the score is a bit too much Keystone Coppery, but really this is about the excellent script and the players bringing it to life. A Western comedy gem. 9/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars support your local sheriff, 16 Nov 2011
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after watching ROCKFORD FILES 20 or more years ago i have always been a big fan of JAMES GARNER and when this film came on tv this weekend gone i watched it and ordered it straight away as it was so funny,a western with comedy and slapstick that is so funny you wont stop laughing and you will watch again and again.JAMES GARNER is at his best in this part,brilliant!also see SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL GUNFIGHTER,i highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars support your local sheiff, 4 Sep 2011
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D. Weaver (Wales. U.K.) - See all my reviews
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Again another brilliant western with James Garner as a reluctant sheriff in this, he is on his way to Australia, until the mayor's daughter has a bit of a set to with him, its very funny and again just great acting that james garner does so well, in this DVD. Again if you like westerns you will like this one as a spoof comedy western.I would also recommend this seller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars smashing, 5 July 2011
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beau nydle "labrat" (chertsey, surrey, uk) - See all my reviews
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Brilliant. One of those films you can watch over and over again, without getting tired of it. James Garner suits the role a treat, as do Bruce Dern and the incomparable Walter Brennan as the villains. The rest of the cast, including Joan Hackett and Harry Morgan fit in just right. It's a delight to watch this, knowing that the kids can enjoy it too, without having to worry about the language. There isn't any. Grab a copy and sit back with a beer. The laughs come thick and fast. It is one of a pair of films James Garner made, the other being Support your local Gunfighter. Equally enjoyable, much the same cast, and readily available on Amazon. Enjoy both of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy western dvd, 16 Feb 2010
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I bought this movie because I loved it the first time I saw it and I haven't changed my mind. It stars James Garner and has a wicked and witty storyline. It's worth owning! Price and delivery were very good too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie, 21 Aug 2009
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John Scoular (Annan, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This is a very lighthearted film about the pioneering west. It has a lot of humour and takes a tongue in ckeek look at the 'Wild West'. The characterisasions are excellent and played with some panache. All the actors play their parts really well, in particular James Garner, Walter Brennan and Bruce Dern. It is just an easy film to watch and enjoy.
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