: : : Support Your Local Gunfighter

Story

James Garner returns for this pseudosequel to Support Your Local Sheriff, this time as a gigolo con man mistaken for a legendary killer. Escaping matrimonial entanglements, he lands in the town of Purgatory in the midst of a raging war between gold miners racing for the mother lode. In a play right out of Maverick, he quickly casts drifter Jack Elam into the gunfighter role and names himself the man's agent, selling his services to the highest bidder and pocketing a sizable commission. Garner double-talks his way through one deal after another with a wink and a smile while Elam growls and swaggers and rolls his eyes, playacting the role of the cold-blooded gunslinger like a wild-eyed clown. Suzanne Pleshette shoots up the town as Garner's romantic interest, a tomboy in buckskin with an itchy trigger finger and lousy aim, and Chuck Conners walks tall as the real bald-as-a-billiard-ball killer. Apart from the tongue-in-cheek tone and returning cast members (Elam, Harry Morgan, Henry Jones, and Gene Evans are among the familiar faces joining Garner), the film has little in common with Sheriff and never quite recaptures the clever twists and low-key hilarity, but this is a cast who knows how to deliver a gag, and Kennedy's laid-back direction keeps an even, affectionately spoofing tone throughout. --Sean Axmaker

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

James GarnerLatigo
Suzanne PleshettePatience
Jack ElamJug May
Harry MorganTaylor
Joan BlondellJenny
Marie WindsorGoldie
ohn DehnerColonel Ames
Henry JonesEz
Dub TaylorDoc Schultz
Kathleen FreemanMrs. Perkins

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Burt Kennedy
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 91 mins
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1971
  • Ratings
    North AmericaG
    Europe12
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 20, 2001
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