Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969)




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In this western parody, James Garner plays a gambler who is persuaded to take the job of sheriff of a crime-ridden mining town. Garner doesn't use guns or violence to get control of the town -- he simply out-wits all of the critics.
Classics , Comedy , Western
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MGM Home Entertainment

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James Garner
as Jason McCullough
Joan Hackett
as Prudy Perkins
Walter Brennan
as Pa Danby
Harry Morgan
as Olly Perkins
Jack Elam
as Jake
Bruce Dern
as Joe Danby
Henry Jones
as Preacher Henry Jackson
Walter Burke
as Fred Johnson
Dick Peabody
as Luke Danby
Gene Evans
as Tom Danby
Kathleen Freeman
as Mrs. Danvers
Gayle Rogers
as Bar Girl
Dick Haynes
as Barkeeper
Richard Hoyt
as Gunfighter
Marilyn Jones
as Bordello Girl
Willis B. Bouchey
as Thomas Devery
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Critic Reviews for Support Your Local Sheriff!

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

An absolutely riotous Western.

Full Review… | October 10, 2015
Creative Loafing

Veteran Western director Burt Kennedy shoots a pleasing irreverent parody on the genre.

Full Review… | June 27, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Garner brings a variation on his 'Maverick' persona to this classic satirical Western... does for Westerns what The Princess Bride did for fairy-tale fantasy.

Full Review… | January 30, 2004
Decent Films Guide

Classic comedy-western gem, with fantastic performances from Garner and the supporting cast. Not quite as good as SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL GUNFIGHTER, though.

March 21, 2003

Not bad Garner vehicle.

February 6, 2003
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No, it's not "Maverick" but an amazing facsimile.

August 8, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Support Your Local Sheriff!

Inspired, funny, and likable James Garner vehicle - slightly nuanced yet still magically in line w his Maverick and Rockford Files fun. A Western w sly tongue-in-cheek humor, and none of the over-the-top silliness of a typical farce while keeping things open to genuine camaraderie. Not to be missed, especially by Garner fans.

Thomas Porter
Thomas Porter

This movie was made at the beginning of the downward spiral of the Western Movies. James Garner made this movie a few years after the Maverick TV show was cancelled. It's basically just a longer version of a Maverick episode. There is no real story, just a spoof of all the western clichés. The main joke is a spoof of Rio Bravo and El Dorado. Between this movie, its sequel, and Blazing Saddles the serious Western died except for Clint Eastwood movies. The sequel to this movie is Support Your Local Gunfighter. It's much funnier and has a real story. I didn't see this movie until it came out on TV in the 1970's. It will make you laugh but only if you're a Western fan and get the jokes.

Donald White
Donald White

James Garner plays sheriff against a daddy and his rotten sons. It's lighthearted and fun.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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