Armed with a wry sense of humor and a straight-shooting sidearm, James Garner (Maverick, My Fellow Americans) fights for peace, justice and fun in this outrageous, irreverent and "very funny" (Los Angeles Times) farce co-s... more »tarring Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan and Jack Elam. Support Your Local Sheriff is "sheer entertainment from start to finish" (Boxoffice)! On his way to Australia, frontier opportunist Jason McCullough (Garner) stumbles into a small gold-rush town and decides to earn a little extra pocket money by accepting a temporary assignment as its sheriff. Happily applying himself to his new position, McCullough manages to turn the town derelict (Elam) into his deputy, outsmart the dreaded Danby clan (led by Brennan in a hilarious comic performance), and fend off the lusty advances of the mayor's daughter (Hackett) all without breaking a sweat or dirtying his shiny black boots!« less
"James Garner stars as Jason McCullough in this hilarious Western spoof. This was the era of John Wayne westerns, and this movie came about at just about the right time to make fun of the western and what it had become, often scarcely more than a cookie-cutter production with a predictable plot, scowling gunfighters, and the same basic storyline. McCullough is a wandering frontiersman on his way to Australia, and happens upon a small mining town which has sprung up overnight and become too big for its laws. He decides to earn a little extra money before moving on, and takes a job as the sheriff of the town. Consequently he's forced to deal with the Danby bunch, a rancher family who's swindling and intimidating the mine owners. Between dealing with the Danbys (headed by the very funny Walter Brennan), trying to keep his prisoners in a jail with no bars, and fighting off the advances of the hapless mayor's daughter, McCullough has his hands full.
Garner is great in his role as the opportunistic, but effective, sheriff. Jack Elam co-stars as his deputy, and the antics of this pair are enough to keep anyone entertained throughout the movie. Anyone familiar with Westerns from this era will appreciate the humor of this parody on Hollywood's Wild West."
Support Your Local Sherrif
bixodoido | 01/04/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of those old comedies that you can watch over and over again. My family has worn out a VHS copy, so I'm happy that a DVD release is coming up. This movie not only stars James Garner, but several other popular actors from the 60's & 70's. Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan, and Jack Elam to name a few. When Jason McColough, played by Garner, rides into town, he finds it right smack in the middle of a gold rush- and right smack in the middle of the problems that too much too soon can bring. There is fighting in the streets, gunmen shooting up the town, not to mention the revelry going on at Madam Orr's place. Needing work to finiance his gold prospecting Garner accepts the job of sherrif. The Mayor (Morgan) happens to have a pretty but accident prone daughter. Her misadventures while trying to attract the new sherrif's attention add great comedy to the plot. The sherrif's work is cut out for him when the Danby's led by pa Danby (Brennan) try to spring the youngest Danby from jail. He makes the town drunk (Played by Elam) his deputy and from there things just get funnier. When the dust settles everyone is alive and happy. Not the most complicated plot ever written, but light comedy is not supposed to be. Easy and fun to watch."
Delightful western comedy. . . .
John A. Kuczma | Marietta, GA USA | 01/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It won't take very long to realize that Support Your Local Sheriff is little more than a feature length Maverick episode (unfortunately minus Jody Foster). Don't take that as a negative. This is a wonderfully entertaining romp through the silliest mining town you'll ever encounter.James Garner is terrific as the lightning quick gunslinger with even quicker wits. The supporting cast includes Harry Morgan, Walter Brennan, Bruce Dern and Jack Elam. This may be Elam's finest performance ever.There's plenty of action, plenty of laughter and a dollop of romance thrown in for good measure. Support Your Local Sheriff is great family entertainment; perfect for a rainy day, a lazy day, or just while you're passing through on your way to Australia."
Support Your Local Sherriff
John A. Kuczma | 11/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""... Just passing through on my(his)way to Australia." The Australian outback would never be the same! Take one hilarious script, add a talented support cast, James Garner's easy going sense of humour and you end up with the hit movie-"Support Your Local Sherriff" Nicholas Shepherd (aged 12)Glossodia, Sydney, Australia "
A Fine Light Comedy
AntiochAndy | Antioch, CA USA | 05/10/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Support Your Local Sheriff" is a good comedy western. That's not necessarily saying a lot. There are lots of comedy westerns around. This is one of the best of the bunch, though. It's not the cleverest or most original comedy you'll ever see, but it doesn't try to be. It succeeds admirably by delivering simple, unpretentious humor with a little romance thrown in on top. It stars James Garner, who gained fame playing Bret Maverick in the classic comedy western TV series, "Maverick". Garner plays Jason McCullough, a man on his way to Australia and just looking for a way to earn a little money along the way. As luck would have it, he rides into Calendar, a wild and woolly frontier town that finds itself in need of a new sheriff every few days. Joan Hackett plays the mayor's daughter, who's very "accident-prone", but knows an eligible bachelor when she sees one. McCullough coolly takes on the task of introducing law and order to the town, while keeping Hackett's klutzy character at bay at the same time. With veteran actors Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan, and Jack Elam providing great support, this flick keeps the laughs coming in a steady stream from start to finish. It's good fun for audiences of all ages. Recommended."