The Tin Star Reviews
Henry Fonda plays Morgan a bounty-hunter who wanders into peculiar town with dead-man wanted by the law for $500 - but it seems he is quite unwelcome in the town, including bank-manager-cum-mayor of the town. Anthony Perkins plays young aspiring Sheriff Ben; who is more than willing to uphold law over lawlessness - he is impressed by actions of Morgan who saves him from dangerous standoff.
The Tin Star was supposedly low-budget film, becoming one of those movies like 'Psycho' to have gained worldwide popularity on the graph over the period of aging. Henry Fonda's use of gun-technique teaching to Perkins, are some of classic methods mentioned in western movies ever (which is a good thing - defines so much about what level of smartness the people of the west carried with gun). It is not stretched with too much of dragging.
(1957) The Tin Star
Not to confuse this with the story which "High Noon" was based on which coincidently was called "The Tin Star"- this is a totally different movie starring Henry Fonda as a bounty hunter coming to town and coaxing rookie shooter Anthony Perkins to save his town from rowdy bandits!
Don't remember too much about this film, except to say that that I liked it as an unusual Western since Anthony Perkins can't seem to shake off this "Psycho" persona, this film does have a satisfying conclusion!
3 out of 4
The negative points of the film are to do with the cast. Betsy Palmer's character should not have been in the film for all the use she does. There should have been more of a focus on the characters of Lee Van Cleef and Peter Baldwin who are central to the story.
The acting by the principal actors is excellent and they adapt very well to their roles. Anthony Perkins is well suited to the nervous rookie sheriff who displays the characters lack of confidence extremely well. Henry Fonda has the right stature and manner to be the wise mentor and delivers some of the best dialogue in the film. Neville Brand who stands out is Neville Brand who is very convincing as the villain. Brand, possibly deliberately, is the complete opposite of Anthony Perkins in the way of stature and build and has more of loud confidence about his character.
Overall quite a good western with some very good dialogue and a very good storyline. More focus should have been made on certain characters and less on others but the main cast is well suited to their roles.
The Tin Star takes up a familiar concept of student (A.Perkins) and teacher (H.Fonda) teaming up against a greater threat. The actor choices are terriffic, Fonda as the experienced and older of the two radiates confidence as A.Perkins as the student stumbles forward learning the ropes of being a sherriff through trial and error.
The Tin Star is confortable coming of age Western. It does not break any new ground so to speak, but it feels and is allaround professionally done and lacking big flaws and thus a highly enjoyable Western.
after a long time watched a wild western...
enjoyed every part of it.....
henry fonda was great....