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Support Your Local sheriff! is a comic western film starring James Garner and Harry Morgan. Other actors include Joan Hackett, Bruce Dern, Kathleen Freeman, Jack Elam, Dick Peabody, Walter Brennan and Gene Evans. James Garner (born April 7, 1928) is an American film and television actor of partially Cherokee Indian descent. ... Harry Morgan as Colonel Sherman T. Potter Harry Morgan (born Henry Bratsburg on April 10, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American television actor of Norwegian extraction. ... Joan Hackett (March 1, 1934 - October 8, 1983) was a New York City-born American actress of Irish and Italian extraction, who appeared on stage, in films and on television. ... Bruce MacLeish Dern (born Winnetka, Illinois, June 4, 1936) is an American actor. ... Kathleen Freeman (February 17, 1919–August 23, 2001) was an American character actress in film, television, and stage whose career spanned more than fifty years. ... Jack Elam in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) Jack Elam was an American film actor appearing mostly in westerns. ... Walter Brennan Walter Brennan, (b. ... Actor Gene Evans in Crashout Film actor Gene Evans (July 11, 1922 - April 1, 1998) began his acting career while serving in World War II while performing an a theatrical troupe of GIs in Europe. ...



The film takes place in a western frontier town which springs up almost literally overnight when the rather klutzy and hotheaded Prudy Perkins (Hackett) discovers gold in a grave during a funeral. Her father Ollie (Morgan) ends up being mayor of the new settlement. He and the members of the town council bemoan the twin facts that the place has become a drunken round-the-clock free-for-all, and that in order to ship out the masses of gold they are mining, they must pay a hefty fee to the Danbys, a family of ranchers/bandits who control the only route out of town. Most people are too busy digging gold to take time out to be sheriff, and those who are willing to put down their shovel quickly die. Sheriff is both a political and a legal office held under English common law, Scots law or U.S. common law, or the person who holds such office. ...

This all changes with the arrival in town of Jason McCullough (James Garner) a calm and hyper-competent man from "back East" who is passing through town "on his way to Australia." While in the town saloon, he sees young Joe Danby (Dern) gun down a man, essentially for fun. Needing money after discovering the town's ruinious rate of inflation, McCullough then demonstrates his uncanny firearms ability to the mayor, and becomes the new sheriff. After breaking up a street brawl and meeting Prudy under (for her) mortifyingly embarrassing circumstances, McCullough arrests Joe and tosses him in the town jail, which has everything a sheriff needs except iron bars on the cells. In the process of doing all this, he acquires a semi-willing deputy in the form of Jake (Elam), who was previously nothing more than the "town character." The arrest attracts the attention of the patriarch of the Danby family (Brennan). While the rest of the town immediately quiets down under McCullough's reign, "Pa" mounts various efforts to get Joe out of jail. None of them work and he then brings in a string of hired guns, who are equally unsuccessful. As this happens, Prudy spars romantically with McCullough, McCullough and Jake go on a monumentally unsuccessful search for gold, and to Joe's relief bars are finally installed in the jail. James Garner (born April 7, 1928) is an American film and television actor of partially Cherokee Indian descent. ... Saloon may refer to: Any bar, especially in the American Wild West. ...

The climax of the film sees Pa Danby summoning scores of his relatives to launch an all-out assault on McCullough. McCullough's first impulse is to just leave town and resume his trip to Australia, but when Prudy expresses her approval of this sensible idea, he announces that it sounds cowardly and decides to stay. The rest of the townfolk announce their disapproval of this new idea, and officially vote to not help in any way. Thus the Danby mob rides in faced only by McCullough, Jake and Prudy. After a lengthy gunfight, McCullough bluffs his way to victory using hostage Joe and the cannon mounted in the center of town. The Danbys are all hauled off to jail. After McCullough makes his peace with the townfolk, he and Prudy get engaged, and he walks her home. In a closing monologue, Jake directly informs the audience that they get married and McCullough goes on to become governor of the state, while he, Jake, becomes sheriff and then "one of the most beloved characters in western folklore." A small Civil War-era cannon on a carriage A cannon is any large tubular firearm designed to fire a heavy projectile over a considerable distance. ... A monologue is a speech made by one person speaking his or her thoughts aloud or directly addressing a reader, audience or character. ...

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The name of the town is Calendar, although this is only mentioned once briefly in the film itself. The state is Colorado, but this is only established in the film's trailer. Official language(s) English Capital Denver Largest city Denver Area  - Total   - Width   - Length    - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 8th 104,185 sq mi  269 837 km² 280 miles  451 km 380 miles  612 km 0. ...


Garner, Elam, Morgan and several other of the cast members went on to make Support Your Local Gunfighter! in 1971, but the second film is not a sequel, and features entirely different characters. Support Your Local Gunfighter! is a 1971 comic western film starring James Garner and Suzanne Pleshette. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ...

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