Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)

Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)




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This Western action/comedy is told in the same tongue-in-cheek manner as its predecessor, Support Your Local Sheriff. Goldie (Marie Windsor), a madam, is a formidable woman, and Latigo Smith (James Garner) knows perfectly well that his disreputable ways will be trimmed considerably should she succeed in marrying him. Instead, he escapes from her and winds up in the town of Purgatory. The town's inhabitants have been expecting the arrival of Swifty Morgan (Chuck Connors), the famous gunfighter. All things being equal, Latigo is happy to be mistaken for Morgan's sidekick, while Jug May (Jack Elam) impersonates Morgan himself.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Comedy , Western
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James Garner
as Latigo Smith
Suzanne Pleshette
as Patience Barton
Jack Elam
as Jug May
Harry Morgan
as Taylor Barton
Marie Windsor
as Goldie
John Dehner
as Col. Ames
Chuck Connors
as Swifty Morgan
Dub Taylor
as Doc Schultz
Kathleen Freeman
as Mrs. Perkins
Ellen Corby
as Abigail
Dick Curtis
as Bud Barton
John Wheeler
as Croupier
Mike Wagner
as Bartender
Ben Cooper
as Colorado
Grady Sutton
as Storekeeper
Walter Burke
as Morris
Gene Evans
as Butcher
Roy E. Glenn Sr.
as Headwaiter
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Critic Reviews for Support Your Local Gunfighter

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

This follow-up has trouble getting out of the gate but eventually hits its stride.

Full Review… | October 10, 2015
Creative Loafing

This genial Western comedy is a disappointing successor, not a sequel, to Support Your Local Sheriff.

Full Review… | August 17, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Still makes me laugh. It's Garner's Maverick transplanted.

October 15, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

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June 19, 2005

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April 22, 2005

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January 14, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Support Your Local Gunfighter


Very funny classic western.. I love James Garner. With dialogue like this, how can you lose? Jug: I'm supposed to pretend I'm Swifty Morgan? Goodbye! Latigo: They're willing to pay. Jug: How much? Latigo: One thousand dollars. We'll split it fifty-fifty. That means four hundred for you. Jug: That seems fair. But I think that... Latigo: No, no you don't. That's part of the deal. I do the thinking, you stand around and look tough.

Mike Bierman
Mike Bierman

This is the second of James Garner's "Support Your Local" western series. This one is the funnier of the two. This movie has a story and it is a comedy Western and not a spoof of the Western Movie. The character is again a version of the Maverick character he played in the Maverick TV series. I first saw this movie with my cousin at the old movie theater in downtown McAlester, Oklahoma. We laughed so hard our sides hurt. Then we laughed the entire walk back to his house. The best lines all had the word "ass" in them. Of course they were talking about donkeys. Suzanne Pleshette was great in this movie as the wild daughter. Then at the end Jack Elam claims to go on to be a big star in Italian Westerns talking to the audience. It's set in Purgatory, Colorado which is a real town in Colorado. Of course this is a fictional version and not the real Purgatory.

Donald White
Donald White

Good enough to have been a Disney film from Uncle Walt. Exceptional cast, but focus on Ellen Corby, Suzanne, and Jack. We all know and love Jack, right?

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

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