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Support Your Local Gunfighter
Support Your Local Gunfighter
Actors: James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Jack Elam, Harry Morgan, Joan Blondell
Director: Burt Kennedy
Genres: Westerns, Comedy
G     2001     1hr 31min

The wild west just got wilder and a whole lot wackier! James Garner is back in the saddle again in Support Your Local Gunfighter, a powder keg of laughs in which the most dangerous gunslinger in the west isn't the fastest ...  more »


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Actors: James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Jack Elam, Harry Morgan, Joan Blondell
Director: Burt Kennedy
Creators: Harry Stradling Jr., Burt Kennedy, William B. Gulick, Bill Finnegan, James Edward Grant
Genres: Westerns, Comedy
Sub-Genres: Westerns, Romantic Comedies
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 03/20/2001
Original Release Date: 01/01/1971
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1971
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Peter Q. (Petequig)
Reviewed on 4/17/2010...
Great Western comedy and Garner is still playing 'Maverick'. Nedd more of that in today's world.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Not quite as good as "Support your local sheriff"
Alan R. Holyoak | 06/20/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL GUNFIGHTER is a fun romp through the old west, well, sort of (the old west was probably never really like it's prortayed in the movies). Anyway, James Garner is the main attraction in this show, pulling on audience appeal developed in the movie SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF (which is definitely a 5-star show).The reason that I awarded "Gunfighter" only 4 stars is that as a sort of a sequel to "Sheriff," "Gunfighter's" story line is not as crisp, not as well's as if most of the best ideas were used up during the writing and filming of "Sheriff." "Gunfighter" still has a good dose of humor, and all the melodramatic elements of "Sheriff": a good guy (Garner), some bad guys to help make Garner's character look good, a beautiful lady in distress, and lots of bystanders who provide character and body to the film. Garner does not, however, come across as being as clever or as likeable as he did in "Sheriff." This movie, while definitely worth a look, is not, in my opinion, on par with "Support Your Local Gunfighter."A good show, definitely 4 or 4.5 stars, but not a 5 star option.If you like western comedies you will enjoy this show! Alan Holyoak"
Support Your Local Gunfighter
Steven Hellerstedt | 09/12/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Amusing fluff from the makers of SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF, SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL GUNFIGHTER isn't quite as amusing or easy to warm up to.
Jack Elam steals the show as a roustabout drifter who con man James Garner convinces to impersonate legendary gunman Swifty Morgan. Veteran actors Henry Morgan and Dub Taylor seem to shout every line of dialogue, which doesn't help things much. The uncredited Chuck Connors, another scene stealer playing the real Swifty, shows up in the last ten minutes to bring things to a calamitous conclusion.
I think introducing the Connors' character a half-dozen scenes or so earlier would have helped things immensely. SHERIFF worked so well because there were easily identifiable Good and Bad Guys, and a lot of the laughs came from lampooning Walter Brennan and his brood.
Even so, GUNFIGHTER made me laugh, which is what I got it for. A good movie, if not quite as good as its predecessor.

Not Quite a Sequel
John A Lee III | San Antonio, TX | 11/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF was a comic masterpiece and cried out, at least in terms on dollars and cents, for a sequel. So they made one, only it wasn't

Almost all of the cast from the SHERIFF appear in GUNFIGHTER but they all play completely different characters. Nothing is the same except that it takes place in the west and is funny, but not as funny as the original.

James Garner plays the role of Latigo Smith. He is a man on the run, not from the law but from a woman who expects to marry him. He goes to ground in Purgatory, a mining town. His arrival is noted by the owner of one of the town's two competing mining companies. They think he is a gunfighter hired by the other company. He's not but sees financial opportunity in the confusion. He passes himself off as the agent for the gunfighter (less danger and stress) and cons a down on his luck cowboy into playing the part of the gunfighter.

This is not a movie filled with excitement or drama. It is a comedy. It is not as funny as SHERIFF but it is funny in its own right.