Support Your Local Sheriff

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Support Your Local Sheriff ★★★½ 1969 (G)

Amiable, irreverent western spoof with more than its fair share of laughs. When a stranger stumbles into a gold rush town, he winds up becoming sheriff. Garner is perfect as the deadpan sheriff, particularly in the scene where he convinces Dern to remain in jail, in spite of the lack of bars. Neatly subverts every western cliche it encounters, yet keeps respect for formula western. Followed by “Support Your Local Gunfighter.” 92m/C VHS, DVD . James Garner, Joan Hackett, Walter Brennan, Bruce Dern, Jack Elam, Harry (Henry) Morgan; D: Burt Kennedy; W: William Bowers; C: Harry Stradling Jr.