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…Make Them Get Married, Or Something Even Worse – Support Your Local Sheriff

James Garner’s Support Your Local Sheriff is a very amusing comedy western in which a group of actors who could play dramatic roles in keep a straight face while sending up some familiar scenarios.
Garner’s Jason McCullough gets diverted on his travels to Australia and becomes the titular sheriff of a lawless frontier town and apprehends one of the sons of a local outlaw family.
The mayor, played by Harry Morgan isn’t entirely convinced the arrival of law and order is entirely a good thing; for wherever there’s law and order, can the churches be far behind?

Mayor Olly Perkins:
That must have been some show you put on at the saloon this afternoon. It kind of sobered up the whole town.
Jason McCullough:
Well, that’s good.
Mayor Olly Perkins:
Maybe… maybe not. It has been a lot of fun around here up to now. I mean, everything all kind of wide-open and relaxed. Nobody looking down their noses at anybody who happened to shoot someone else. Nobody poking their noses into nobody else’s business without them getting their big noses blasted off in the process. Ah, I guess now that we got law and order, churches will start moving in.
Jason McCullough:
Yeah, that’s usually the next thing that happens.
Mayor Olly Perkins:
And then the women will start forming committees and having bazaars. And then they’ll chase Madame Orr’s girls out of town, or make them get married, or something even worse. But, what the hell, like you said, the law’s the law, and we got to face up to it sometime.
Jason McCullough:
When did I say that?


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A Movie About A Man Who’s On His Way To Australia

A few months ago I discovered specialist bluray movie producer Twilight Time. They release limited runs of movies that don’t have general retail releases.
A recent sale involved a purchase of comedy 9 to 5 and since postage of a second movie would cost the same I was looking through the catalogue and saw a two-in-one release of Support Your Local Sheriff and Support Your Local Gunfighter, both starring James Garner and casts of cinema stalwarts.
I watched Sheriff today and was surprised both by how much of it was familiar and how funny it was.
These sorts of movies seemed to be on TV a lot more years ago than they do today. (Or maybe I’m just not looking at the TV that much) Even the streaming services don’t carry these material like this.
Garner’s laconic comedic style plays nicely against a seasoned cast of character actors including Harry Morgan, Jack Elam, Henry Jones, Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan, Bruce Dern, and Kathleen Freeman.
Gunfighter will wait for another day.