Support Your Local Sheriff / Support Your Local Gunfighter / The Cowboy
Company: Twilight Time
Starring in Sheriff and Gunfighter: Harry Morgan, Bruce Dern, Joan Hackett, James Garner, Jack Elam, Henry Jones, John Dehner, Joan Blondell, Suzanne Pleshette, Walter Brennan
Starring in Cowboy: Jack Lemmon, Richard Jaeckel, Dick York, Glenn Ford, Brian Donlevy, Anna Kashfi, Victor Manuel Mendoza
My Review and Thoughts:
Sheriff: 4 out of 5
Gunslinger: 3.5 out of 5
Cowboy: 4 out of 5
This is a western Triple Feature review. 2 Blu-rays, three films. Both are sold separately but I decided to do a triple feature marathon and review all three together in one review. Twilight Time like always has done an amazing job at bringing out memorable films. All three of these stand out in there own unique ways.
First up is the comical double feature, Support Your Local Sheriff (1969) and its sequel Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971). Both of these are a total hoot, with a comical flare to the western film. Part action, romance and most of all comedy. First up in Support Your Local Sheriff which you are introduced to a vast array of talent in actors and actresses. This film and the sequel is jam packed with true Hollywood wonderment. All one has to do is look at the cast of these films. Both starring the wonderful James Garner, in the first as your lead character Jason McCullough. In the follow up as the character Latigo. Garner was always a master in front of the camera. He had a natural talent, both serious and funny. He was a true, show business reality that always was able to capture the watcher and give them a satisfaction in entertainment. From Feature film to Television, he mastered it all. He created so many wonderful characters from Jason McCullough in Support Your Local Sheriff, to the television icon, Jim Rockford from The Rockford Files, to the moving and touching Duke from The Notebook. He was a part of the wonderful age of Hollywood, a master talent that sadly few modern actors could ever be.
Also starring the beautiful wonderful Joan Hackett. Also starring the amazing, one of kind character actor Walter Brennan. He was a part of, well over 240 performances in his long career. He was one of those character actors that stood out. Playing small parts all the way to stand out memorable parts. A true essence of Hollywood. Working from 1925 all the way to 1975. He was and always will be a perfection in cinema history.
Also starring the all-important Harry Morgan. One only has to look at his vast career in cinema both big and small, from TV classics like M*A*S*H, Dragnet, The Love Boat, to feature films like High Noon, The Flim-Flam Man. He is always wonderful to see perform.
That is what makes both of these films stand out, is the overall cast. The cast is an amazing accomplishment all weaved into a film. Also starring the amazing Henry Jones. The all-around master and pure acting soul Bruce Dern, which I have to mention he has been in so many memorable parts in his career. He starred in one of my personal favorite Sci-fi Films, or films period, the underrated, often forgot about, cult film, 1972’s Silent Running. He is so amazing. He has been a part of so many films. He is still acting strong today as of this writing, popping out one memorable role after another. From Nebraska, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, he is a one of kind star.
Last but not least who needs mentioning is the ever wonderful, true character actor, side kick style of performance, Jack Elam. Elam stars in both of these films. Elam is the definition of Western, or bad guy, or just plain character actor. Elam had that unique face you could not forget, mainly due to his cross eye. He most always played bad guys, killers and demented souls causing havoc in some form. To me there are very few Elam’s in cinema. Very few performers obtain the brilliance and destructive nature of character that Elam was able to do in his vast career of over 200 performances of TV and feature film. I still get a little teared eyed when I think he is no longer with us. He was so much of Hollywood. He gave the cinema lover, cinema world, perfection in his roles no matter how small or big they were, he owned and operated that role to a believable perfection.
Both Support Your Local Sheriff and Support Your Local Gunfighter are directed by Burt Kennedy. Kennedy was known basically for directing westerns. From John Wayne films to TV series and movies. He was a director that never really got the stardom or recognition that he rightly deserved. He not only directed many of his films and TV, but he wrote the scripts for them. Now I have to mention the funny reality of Burt, choosing to direct one of the worst films, or at least a cheesy drive-in cult following style film, none other than 1991’s Suburban Commando starring wrestler Hulk Hogan. Don’t let that turn you off from Kennedy’s work, because like Support Your Local Sheriff and Support Your Local Gunfighter, he had a talent in expressing good cinema.
In Support Your Local Sheriff your introduced to the town of Calendar, Colorado. This town came to light fast after gold was struck, after a grave was dug. The town needs a Sheriff because there needs to be some law, because of drunks, bandits controlling and forcing people to pay to use shipping routes. But everyone has the gold fever and don’t have time to be sheriff, and plus those who do, quickly meet their maker in the sky. Insert Jason McCullough who passes through town on his to Australia (Yeah I know Australia by way of Colorado). Now he witnesses the unruly reality of the town. Soon he shows off his gun talent and so the mayor and the town elect him Sheriff. Now as you would guess, law comes to Calendar and some of the big wigs, bandits and so on, don’t take to the Sheriff, and so begins the Sheriff’s ordeal with the bad guys. A simple basic plot, but one that has comical flare and western realities. A perfect fun film that expresses itself in a classic western mixed with comedy and romance.
The plot to Support Your Local Gunfighter is totally opposite. Your main character Latigo Smith is a gambler. He is traveling on a train with Goldie. Goldie wants to marry him. He finds the opportunity to escape, and is able to get off the train in a town called Purgatory. In this town you have two companies of minors fighting, each want to find the big pot of gold. Or simply known as the mother lode. Now Latigo loses all his money at what he loves, gambling, or more or less his problem. Insert an infamous gunslinger known as Swifty Morgan. Latigo learns that Swifty is on his way to town. Latigo comes up with a plan to get some money, pay his debts, and get out of town before the real Swifty shows up. A scam where he hires the character of Jug May to impersonate Swifty. In this process he falls in love with a woman named Patience, altering his ultimate path. Soon as you would guess it the real Swifty shows up.
I have to mention who plays the real Swifty, the one and only, mastery talent, man’s, man, Chuck Conner’s. There will never be anyone like Chuck Conner’s. Conner’s was the very definition of tough guy, suave, rugged, mutli-talented performer. 40 years he was a master talent on screen both in TV and in film. I still to this day watch all the reruns of his classic character Lucas McCain in The Rifleman. It was great seeing him again in this film.
Both Support Your Local Sheriff and Support Your Local Gunfighter are excellent classic comedies’. Twilight Time did a lovely job in picking both of these features for blu-ray.
Next up is the totally opposite of comedy western, as it is a hard, classic style, basic Cowboy film. Starring the wonderful and amazing Jack Lemmon and Glenn Ford. Also starring the wonderful Dick York. York was a fantastic actor that I feel never got the stardom he deserved. He is most famous for the TV series Bewitched. Sadly, he had a horrible degenerative spinal problem which altered his career and caused him to be bedridden for many years of his life. But he did leave the cinema world with great characters. He shined in many ways on screen from TV to feature film, most notably in 1960’s amazing Inherit the Wind, which might I add Twilight Time released on a special edition blu-ray and you can read my review for it HERE.
Cowboy is directed by another one of those directors that never got the lime light I think he deserved, or at least his memory into day’s cinema world, seems to be forgotten. He directed one of my favorite films 3:10 to Yuma, the master of film making Delmar Daves. Daves created so many great films, 1936’s The Petrified Forest, the stunning 1950’s Broken Arrow, 1959’s The Hanging Tree and so many wonderful others. He not only was a director, but also an actor, and a writer. His expertise in film making is truly something to remember, and Twilight Time has honored this director with Cowboy. They also recently released another film he directed Kings Go Forth, which you can read my review for it HERE.
The plot to Cowboy is you are introduced to your main character Frank Harris (Jack Lemmon). He is a hotel clerk in Chicago. His dream is to be a Cowboy. In the Hotel he happens to fall in love with Maria who is the daughter of a Mexican Cattle Baron. Maria’s daddy Senor Vidal, is angry and forbids this reality and tells Frank to stay away. Now introduce the next main character Tom Reece (Glenn Ford) who is a Cowboy and has just finished a cattle drive. Reece deals with Vidal for the herd in Mexico and makes a deal. Reece gets in over his head during a poker game and loses all his money. There Harris steps forward and offers his whole life savings to Reece if he can be his partner on this next cattle drive. So begins an adventure for Harris as he soon learns being a Cowboy isn’t that easy, living off the land, and cattle driving, plus moving forward toward Maria. This all comes together in a wonderful western film that remains enjoyable today as it did when it first came out.
All three of these films stand out and remain memorable in the cinema world. Twilight Time allowed a new generation to experiance these films in a whole new light.
Audio and Video:
My Rating on all three: 5 out of 5
All three are wonderful examples of how to treat older films and expressing them on new outlets. Twilight Time has done justice to these films with wonderful new transfers. Beautiful, vibrant, color. Crisp images. The audio flows like ear candy. These movies have never sounded or looked any better than these Special Edition Blu-ray’s by Twilight Time.
Sheriff – Gunfighter:
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1969-1971 / Color
Sheriff: 93 MINUTES, Gunfighter: 92 MINUTES
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1958 / Color
Extras: Support Your Local Sheriff/ Support Your Local Gunfighter:
Isolated Score Tracks: A vast array of music composers worked on these two films: Allyn Ferguson, Jeff Alexander, Jack Elliott. Jeff Alexander had a wonderful career in both film and TV. Working on such greats like many Elvis Presley films like, 1957’s Jailhouse Rock, 1962’s Kid Galahad, 1967’s Double Trouble, 1967’s Clambake, 1968’s Speedway, among many others. He not only was a composer, but an author, conductor and arranger of music. His work on Support Your Local Sheriff stands out, and is memorable. For Support Your Local Gunslinger two where involved with the music department. Jack Elliot started composing in the middle 60’s and continued on until 1991. His music is still used today on soundtracks and music departments of film and television. Probably best known for his work in Television specifically for the tune of Charlie’s Angels series, and Barney Miller series. He was a master music creator that won’t be forgotten. Last but not least is Allyn Ferguson. He to like the others mentioned left a vast array of music excellence. Working as composer or in the music department he left his mark. Working on both TV and feature film. He alongside Jack Elliot, worked on both Charlie’s Angels and Barney Miller series creating the memorable themes for both shows. All three that I have mentioned deserve to be remembered and honored in this way by Twilight Time giving the isolated music, is a solid plus to their memory.
Audio Commentary on Support Your Local Sheriff with Film Historians Lee Pfeiffer and Paul Scrabo. A fantastic listen. A wonderful array of information. A solid commentary.
Original Theatrical Trailers
Isolated Score Track. Which is composed by George Duning. Duning was a true golden ticket of music perfection. He was nominated for many Academy Awards in his career. He worked on such memorable films as 1955’s The Man from Laramie, 1955’s Picnic which might I both where Twilight Time releases on a Special Edition Blu-ray's. 1956’s The Eddy Duchin Story, which might I also add Twilight Time released on a Special Edition Blu-ray which you can read my review for HERE. He truly mastered so many realities in music, from TV to major motion picture. From a personal favorite of mine 1957’s 3:10 to Yuma, and another personal favorite the 1978 Disney TV movie, Child of Glass, to working on the original Star Trek Series. Twilight Time honored this music god with this special feature.
Audio Commentary with Film Historians Julie Kirgo, Paul Seydor, and Nick Redman. A perfect listen. Three educated in cinema smarts. Always a perfect listen. Three great film historians talking about film, what more could any movie lover want. Fantastic special feature.
Original Theatrical Trailer
Twilight Time has blessed the movie loving and Blu-ray collecting world with three films. All are perfection in transfers, audio and video. Love the packaging always a plus to get the booklet insert. These Blu-ray’s are an amazing accomplishment by Twilight Time as always. Twilight Time truly honors cinema, gives cinema a true outlet to express in whole new ways through amazing work in bringing these older films out in new outlets. Highly Recommended and highly praised. Must own Blu-ray’s.
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