Saturday, January 4, 2014

Support Your Local Sheriff (1968)

James Garner Western #2

Synopsis: Imagine Rio Bravo, done in the style of McLintock!, yet without the Duke. 

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Toting a wry sense of humor and a straight-shooting iron, James Garner recalls his popular Maverick TV character in this rollicking Western spoof – and charmingly demonstrates why he is the screen’s finest practitioner of the art of amiable nonsense.” 

What Did I Learn?: Any film that repeats the same bad pun (“Madame Orr’s House”) over and over again probably needs a re-write. 


Really?: Support Your Local Sheriff is a screwball comedy-western, so it might be a little unfair to judge it in terms of its credibility. Maybe I could overlook Garner holding Bruce Dern prisoner in a jail with no bars, but if the Danbys really wanted Garner dead, here’s an idea: wait until dark and then shoot him in the back. 

Rating: While it’s fun to watch Garner trade lines with Walter Brennan and Jack Elam, Support Your Local Sheriff is a mediocre blend of western and 1960s camp that often feels more like an overly-long, goofy sitcom. The film has some funny moments, but it’s otherwise pretty forgettable. 6/10 stars.

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