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Support Your Local Sheriff (Widescreen)

James Garner , Joan Hackett , Burt Kennedy    G (General Audience)   DVD
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While hardly the first Western spoof to ride out of Hollywood, Support Your Local Sheriff is easily one of the best. James Garner plays the confident, cool-headed cowboy who strolls into a wild gold rush town on the way to Australia and takes the job as sheriff. Like a parody of My Darling Clementine by way of Rio Bravo, he arrests the hotheaded but hopelessly confused son (Bruce Dern) of a ruthless ranching magnate (Walter Brennan). Stuck with a half-built jail (where he keeps his prisoner penned up with pure psychology and a few spatters of red paint), a rummy sidekick (google-eyed Jack Elam in one of his first comic turns), and a disaster-prone tomboy (Joan Hackett), he takes on a succession of gunfighters with increasing exasperation. "Sure is a childish way for a grown man to make a living," he laments before chasing one gunman out of Dodge by pelting him with rocks. Directed with laconic ease by veteran Western director Burt Kennedy, it's a clever spoof of familiar conventions in a lighthearted vein, more understated and affectionate than Mel Brooks's outrageous farce Blazing Saddles. It inspired a slew of imitators, including a decade of silly Disney Westerns that sank the genre in slapstick shenanigans, and was followed in 1971 by Kennedy's pseudosequel Support Your Local Gunfighter, which reteamed Garner and Elam in a more mercenary story of con artists and gunslingers. --Sean Axmaker

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SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF


Genre: Westerns
Rating: G
Release Date: 0000-00-00
Media Type: DVD

SKU:GMDB2221844

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun western comedy May 23 2013
Format:DVD
Dumb but funny western spoof with James Garner as a sheriff whose gun is fast but whose wits are faster and Walter Brennan doing a comic take-off on his most famous role as Old Man Clanton in My Darling Clementine. Serious fans of the Western film genre will notice numerous other classic references: a meeting of craven townspeople as in High Noon, Garner's sheriff office looking remarkably like the one in Rio Bravo, a target-shooting scene like the one in Winchester '73, and others. Good light entertainment. No advisories, except occasional mildly suggestive language and situations. The UA 2001 DVD transfer is very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taming the Wild West Sept. 29 2003
Format:DVD
James Garner stars as Jason McCullough in this hilarious Western spoof. This was the era of John Wayne westerns, and this movie came about at just about the right time to make fun of the western and what it had become, often scarcely more than a cookie-cutter production with a predictable plot, scowling gunfighters, and the same basic storyline. McCullough is a wandering frontiersman on his way to Australia, and happens upon a small mining town which has sprung up overnight and become too big for its laws. He decides to earn a little extra money before moving on, and takes a job as the sheriff of the town. Consequently he's forced to deal with the Danby bunch, a rancher family who's swindling and intimidating the mine owners. Between dealing with the Danbys (headed by the very funny Walter Brennan), trying to keep his prisoners in a jail with no bars, and fighting off the advances of the hapless mayor's daughter, McCullough has his hands full.

Garner is great in his role as the opportunistic, but effective, sheriff. Jack Elam co-stars as his deputy, and the antics of this pair are enough to keep anyone entertained throughout the movie. Anyone familiar with Westerns from this era will appreciate the humor of this parody on Hollywood's Wild West.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light, unpretentiuos, sweet kind of humor June 28 2002
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Format:DVD
I have no idea how they managed to put all these simple jokes in such sweet package, but they did certainly made just this - they made me laugh and asking for more of the same dish. What I find especially wonderful about this particular spoof - it does not spoil the memories about serous good Westerns. I watched "The Shootist" right before and "Rio Diablo" right after, enjoyed all. Try same with some pleasure stealing spoof like "Blazing Saddles", won't work.
I took 1 star for too much silliness, predictability and a little bit of bad acting from some supporting characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ole west was never funnier Aug. 6 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
James Garner pulls a great role in this ole west feature, he proves he can do comedy while staying true to his acting nature we all love.
This and its cohort "Support Your Local GunFighter" make a great family combination to your ever growing fun for all library.
I and my family feel this is a keeper and watcher for many years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle Comedy At It's Best March 26 2010
Format:DVD
Real wholesome good fun! A cleverly funny movie with an interesting story that grabs you from the start and doesn't let go. I dare anyone NOT to like it -- it can't be done!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Support Your Local Sheriff Feb. 16 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Garner shines in this western comedy as the town's new sheriff, attempting to bring law and order where others before him have failed. While he does a fine job of acting and quick drawing throughout the film, the laughs were a lot slower in coming. I watch a comedy to laugh but in this instance had less laugh-out-loud moments than there are bullets in a six-shooter. Unfortunately, this dvd has been relegated to my Boot Hill pile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars keeps me laughing Dec 7 2001
Format:VHS Tape
YOu'd never think that James Garner was a comedy actor, but he keeps me laughing in this movie. also has Col. Potter from MASH in this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wholesome Entertainment July 28 2001
Format:VHS Tape
For pure fun loving comedy, you can not beat this combination of characters and the actors that play the parts. This movie and the sequel, Support your local gunfighter,are two of the most humorus family films that I have ever viewed.Even my wife loved these two films,and she is extremely hard to please.
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