Review: ‘Support Your Local Gunfighter’

Burt Kennedy's follow-up to Support Your Local Sheriff has James Garner escaping from the clutches of Marie Windsor, only to become mistaken by competing mine-owners Harry Morgan and John Dehner for a hired gun, played in finale cameo by Chuck Connors. Jack Elam again is excellent in role of a befuddled but willing accomplice to Garner's maneuvers. Joan Blondell is good as a bordello queen, and Henry Jones scores as a nosy gossip.

Burt Kennedy’s follow-up to Support Your Local Sheriff has James Garner escaping from the clutches of Marie Windsor, only to become mistaken by competing mine-owners Harry Morgan and John Dehner for a hired gun, played in finale cameo by Chuck Connors. Jack Elam again is excellent in role of a befuddled but willing accomplice to Garner’s maneuvers. Joan Blondell is good as a bordello queen, and Henry Jones scores as a nosy gossip.

Suzanne Pleshette starts out a bit too strong as a tom-boy, but eventually settles in. There are a few hefty laughs, many chuckles, a few smiles, and some cold gags.

A.D. Flowers’ special explosive effects punch up some of the action sequences, and Elam’s curtain-narration speech, where he describes how he went on to become a big star of Italian westerns, brings the 92 minutes to a good finish.

Support Your Local Gunfighter

Production

Cherokee/Brigade. Director Burt Kennedy; Producer Bill Finnegan; Screenplay James Edward Grant; Camera Harry Stradling; Editor Bill Gulick; Music Jack Elliot, Allyn Ferguson; Art Director Phil Barber

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1971. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

James Garner Suzanne Pleshette Jack Elam Joan Blondell Harry Morgan Marie Windsor
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