The Tin Star is a quality western that unfolds interestingly under the smooth direction of Anthony Mann, who draws top performances from cast. Screenplay [from a story by Barney Slater and Joel Kane] centers around Anthony Perkins' insistence upon keeping his sheriff's badge despite the pleading of his sweetheart to abandon hazards of the job, and Henry Fonda, a former lawman turned human bounty hunter, reluctantly teaching him the tricks of the trade.

The Tin Star is a quality western that unfolds interestingly under the smooth direction of Anthony Mann, who draws top performances from cast. Screenplay [from a story by Barney Slater and Joel Kane] centers around Anthony Perkins’ insistence upon keeping his sheriff’s badge despite the pleading of his sweetheart to abandon hazards of the job, and Henry Fonda, a former lawman turned human bounty hunter, reluctantly teaching him the tricks of the trade.

Fonda gives his character telling authority as he waits in a small western town for a reward check, then stays on to help the over-anxious young sheriff. Perkins asserts himself forcibly, his nemesis being Neville Brand, capable as a gun-handy bully who nearly forces him to back down in his authority.

1957: Nomination: Best Original Story & Screenplay

The Tin Star

Production

Perlsea/Paramount. Director Anthony Mann; Producer William Perlberg, George Seaton; Screenplay Dudley Nichols; Camera Loyal Griggs; Editor Alma Macrorie; Music Elmer Bernstein; Art Director Hal Pereira, J. MacMillan Johnson

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1957. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Henry Fonda Anthony Perkins Betsy Palmer Michael Ray Neville Brand John McIntire
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