Watch: Support Your Local Sheriff! 1969 123movies, Full Movie Online – McCullough is “passing through on my way to Australia” when he takes a job in a gold rush town. After a startling display of marksmanship, he immediately arrests the youngest son of the evil landowner (Danby). A battle of hired guns begins as McCullough continues to tame the town and defeat the gunslingers with a combination of skill and wit..
Plot: A quick-witted drifter wanders into a lawless town in the midst of a gold rush. Shocked by the prices of food and meals he reluctantly takes the job of sheriff by amazing the Mayor with his lightning quick, dead eye pistol accuracy. He makes the town council know that he is really just passing through on his way to Australia and he will pull up and leave anytime he chooses (including at the first sign of real trouble). His first day on the job he takes on the biggest, meanest ranching family and meets his klutzy love interest.
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effective and flat-out funny blend of the Western and comedy genres
“Support Your Local Sheriff!”, like most comedy films, creates a sort of alternative reality dimension in which the characters are more bumbling and strange, behave completely unlike anybody would have in real life, and produce jokes that only the audience finds effective. And unlike others I can think of, “Support Your Local Sheriff!” does this very well. James Garner plays a take-it-easy man “on his way to Australia” who stops to take his first job ever as a lawman in a boomtown somewhere, sometime in the Old West. And right from the beginning, things really start to get awkward.
Garner shares the screen with other popular and talented actors such as Jack Elam, Harry Morgan, Walter Brennan, Joan Hackett, Gene Evans, and Bruce Dern. I felt the performances were very well-done, most noticeable for Harry Morgan as the town’s loud-speaking, acting-before-thinking mayor and Jack Elam as Garner’s reluctantly appointed deputy, having been “promoted” from “shoveling horse…working around the stables.” Walter Brennan did a sort of parody on some of his other villainous characters, still maintaining a good performance and still being a comical character without making any of the modern “funny” tactics such as acting out of the ordinary.
That goes for the entire film. Even though it’s a comedy and nothing in this film would really happen in a sane world of sane people, it makes it look as if it COULD happen. That’s the problem with comedy films nowadays: they don’t make things look like they MIGHT happen. This film does.
Bottom line, I recommend “Support Your Local Sheriff!” for its outstanding way of blending two quite contrary genres and still making a very effective and entertaining film. I found myself laughing several times and this is definitely the kind of film to suit an entire family just looking for a good, non-serious film that does not taking cliché or distasteful tactics in order to try and make us crack up.
A very nice change of pace
I first saw this film as a child and really enjoyed it. Now, over three decades later, I saw it again. I still enjoyed it, but can see that it’s a film that would probably have a bit more appeal to kids.
This film is set in a boom town in the Old West. Because gold was recently discovered (in a tacky and funny way at the beginning of the film), there is a lot of violence. The last three sheriffs didn’t last–so everyone expects the new sheriff, James Garner, to either be killed or run off like one of his predecessors.
Garner plays a part that is very much like his character from Maverick–a guy who uses his wits to win the day instead of brawn. Now this isn’t to say that Garner can’t shoot–in this movie he’s an amazing shot. However, being a bit lazy and pragmatic, he usually finds a way to avoid the violence and STILL keep the town crime-free. Most of these ways are pretty funny (I particularly liked the red paint scene) and the film is a nice change of pace from the usual violent and brainless Western.
This movie was so successful that it triggered a sequel that was exceptionally similar–heck, the name was even similar. In SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL GUNFIGHTER, the plot is pretty similar and so is the action, so if you liked one movie you’ll no doubt like the other. A good film that is more than just another formulaic Western.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 32 min (92 min)
Genre Comedy, Western
Director Burt Kennedy
Writer William Bowers
Actors James Garner, Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan
Country United States
Awards 1 win & 3 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory Technicolor, USA (uncredited)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm