Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)

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    • Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)



      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas

      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      James Garner plays a ladies' man who ends up on the run from a conquest.
      He has an embarrassing problem that requires a doctor, but that is not immediately disclosed.
      He and a town barsweep form a plot to impersonate a well known gunfighter
      so that Garner can pay off his debts and skip town before the soon to come arrival
      of the real gunfighter.
      The cast is almost identical to Support Your Local Sheriff! and the humor is similar.
      Typical: "You hit him from behind!" Garner: "Just as hard as I could!"
      Written by John Vogel

      Full Cast
      James Garner ... Latigo
      Suzanne Pleshette ... Patience
      Jack Elam ... Jug May
      Harry Morgan ... Taylor
      Joan Blondell ... Jenny
      Marie Windsor ... Goldie
      John Dehner ... Colonel Ames
      Henry Jones ... Ez
      Dub Taylor ... Doc Schultz
      Kathleen Freeman ... Mrs. Perkins
      Dick Curtis ... Bud Barton
      Willis Bouchey ... McLaglen
      Walter Burke ... Morris
      Gene Evans ... Butcher
      Grady Sutton ... Storekeeper
      Ellen Corby ... Abigail
      Ben Cooper ... Colorado
      Virginia Capers ... Effie
      Herb Vigran ... Fat
      Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Ortiz
      Mike Wagner ... Bartender
      Terry Wilson ... Thug
      Roy Glenn ... Headwaiter
      John Wheeler ... Croupier
      Jerry Gatlin ... Miner
      Dick Haynes ... Bartender
      Jimmie Booth ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Danny Borzage ... Accordionist (uncredited)
      Chuck Connors ... 'Swifty' Morgan (uncredited)
      John Daheim ... Saloon Fight Victim (uncredited)
      Louie Elias ... Brawler (uncredited)
      Eugene Jackson ... Waiter Aboard Train (uncredited)
      Michael Jeffers ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Rod McGaughy ... Townsman at Dance (uncredited)
      John McKee ... Saloon Shooting Witness (uncredited)
      James Nolan ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
      William H. O'Brien ... Old Chess Player (uncredited)
      Arnold Roberts ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Hank Robinson ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Diane Sayer ... Girl on Train (uncredited)
      Cap Somers ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Arthur Tovey ... Man Walking by Hotel (uncredited)
      Max Wagner ... Townsman Watching Fight (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      James Edward Grant (written by)

      Original Music
      Jack Elliott
      Allyn Ferguson

      Harry Stradling Jr.

      Marie Windsor replaced Marilyn Maxwell as "Goldie".

      Modern train trestle: in the opening credit sequence,
      we see an old-time steam locomotive and train crossing a railroad bridge.
      The under-structure of the bridge is obviously of modern construction,
      using modern steel beams and girders. In the Old West, when the story takes place,
      the railroad trestle would have been constructed entirely out of heavy timbers.

      The first time that Latigo places a bet on the roulette table, the dealer calls for the saloon owner,
      who pours himself a glass of Cutty Sark whiskey before agreeing to cover the bet.
      The film takes place in frontier-era Colorado in the late 1800's.
      However, Cutty Sark whiskey wasn't introduced until 1923.

      The shaving cream on the Latigo's face in the barbershop scene changes between shots.

      In the bar fight, Patience sees Latigo lying face-down on the floor with nobody near him.
      In the close-up, Latigo's lying face-up with his head on the leg of another unconscious cowboy.

      When it first shows the locomotive bringing the "real" Swifty Morgan
      to town it has "577" on the front and a red cattle guard.
      Later when the train pulls into the depot the engine now has "119" on the front
      and a black cattle guard. It's a completely different locomotive.

      In the bar fight: Patience (Suzanne Pleshette) places an empty beer mug on the chest
      of the knocked-out guy on the floor next to James Garner.
      The mug changes position by 90 degrees in the subsequent shot.

      In the scene where Patience is trying to get out of Ames' sister's bedroom,
      we see that Suzanne Pleshette left her wedding ring on, while she's not wearing it in any other scene.

      Plot holes
      At the big bonfire celebration Col. Ames confesses to Latigo that he never really
      sent off telegrams to Swifty Morgan, it was just a stunt to scare off the miners.
      If true why was the telegrapher expecting Swifty on the train?
      Obviously the telegrapher sent something.

      Revealing mistakes
      When the miner shoots his rifle down at the feet of Latigo Smith,
      he is clearly aiming about 10-15 feet to the left of where the bullet hits on the ground.

      Plot holes
      After the final dynamite explosion we learn that the "I Love Goldy" tattoo
      has been blasted off his chest. This could only happen if all the skin had been burned
      or stripped from his chest, yet he has suffered no obvious injury and his face is not harmed.

      Filming Locations
      Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway, Durango, Colorado, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)

      Support Your Local Gunfighter is a 1971 comic western film starring James Garner,
      directed by Burt Kennedy, and written by James Edward Grant.

      The film shares many cast and crew members and plot elements with the earlier
      Support Your Local Sheriff! but is not a sequel.
      It actually parodies Yojimbo and its remake A Fistful of Dollars,
      using the basic storyline of a stranger who wanders into a feuding town
      and pretends to work as an enforcer for both sides.

      A few of Duke's 'Pals' in this one namely
      Jack Elam, Marie Windsor, Dub Taylor
      Kathleen Freeman
      Willis Bouchey, Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez
      Terry Wilson , Jerry Gatlin , Danny Borzage

      Also look out for
      Chuck Connors as 'Swifty' Morgan (uncredited)

      User Review
      Fast and furious.
      31 August 1999Author: Mister-6 from United States

      James Garner was always good in westerns (just watch the original "Maverick" series
      if you don't believe me), but he was never more in his element than
      he is in "Support your Local Gunfighter".

      This has got to be one of the funniest westerns (besides "Blazing Saddles")
      I've ever seen. In fact, everyone here has a good line
      (even Conners as Swifty Morgan gets some good ones. Wow!).

      But you have to watch it for Garner. Just look at him making the best of his unfounded notoriety
      as a gunfighter. He's a master at mistaken identity.
      He made it a daily practice in the "Maverick" series.
      And with Elam at his side, everything falls into place nicely.

      There are too many good things in this film to even hint at,
      so I'll just insist that you support James Garner and draw on this "Gunfighter".

      Ten stars. Catch Elam's final monologue; that should tie up any loose ends for you.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)

      The Irish Duke wrote:

      Both this and Sheriff are great fun movies, Garner as always in this setting is excellent and he works really well with Jack Elam playing his comic foil to great success, really strong support cast aswell for the time

      I will be reviewing 'Sheriff' soon
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)

      Sheriff is probably my favorite of the two, has one of the last roles of Walter Brennan one of my true favorites. While he was good in other roles Garner was great in a Western setting, knew when to be serious when to use humor when to build suspense, I think Duke once said he thought him the best actor in Hollywood.