Posts from ethanedwards in thread „The Tin Star (1957)“

    The Tin Star was first a short story then a 1957 American western film directed by Anthony Mann
    and starring Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins, in one of Perkins' first roles.
    The film became one of the few low-budget westerns to be nominated
    for the Academy Award for Best Writing, Story or Screenplay.
    Since its release, the film has become one of the classics of the genre.

    User Review

    A Western for Thinking People...
    25 January 2013 | by Tim Kidner (Salisbury, United Kingdom)




    Plot Summary
    Veteran bounty-hunter Morg Hickman rides into a town in danger.
    The sheriff has been killed, and young inexperienced Ben Owens
    named a temporary replacement until a permanent can be found.
    Ben wants to be that permanent replacement,
    so needs to impress the townspeople with his skill.
    When he finds that Morg was a sheriff for a long time before
    he became a bounty-hunter, he asks the older man to teach him.
    Morg thinks that being a sheriff is a foolish goal,
    but agrees to instruct Ben in handling people, more important to a sheriff
    than handling a gun.
    Written by Ken Yousten

    Henry Fonda ... Morgan 'Morg' Hickman
    Anthony Perkins ... Sheriff Ben Owens
    Betsy Palmer ... Nona Mayfield
    Michel Ray ... Kip Mayfield
    Neville Brand ... Bart Bogardus
    John McIntire ... Dr. Joseph Jefferson 'Doc' McCord
    Mary Webster ... Millie Parker
    Peter Baldwin ... Zeke McGaffey
    Richard Shannon ... Buck Henderson
    Lee Van Cleef ... Ed McGaffey
    James Bell ... Judge Thatcher
    Howard Petrie ... Mayor Harvey King
    Russell Simpson ... Clem Hall
    Hal K. Dawson ... Andy Miller
    Jack Kenney ... Sam Hodges
    Mickey Finn ... McCall
    Frank McGrath ... Jim Clark - Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Joel Kane ... (story)
    Dudley Nichols
    Barney Slater ... (story)

    William Perlberg ... producer
    George Seaton ... producer
    Gordon Cornell Layne ... associate producer (uncredited)

    Elmer Bernstein

    Loyal Griggs

    James Stewart was originally supposed to play Morgan Hickman.

    When the stagecoach driver rushes into town to report that they were robbed,
    there is a small trail of dust following each side of the stagecoach.
    When it comes to a full stop, the dust is almost completely settled down.
    Next they cut to a slightly closer view of the stage and surrounding areas,
    and the air is full of dust all over the scene, much more than the stagecoach
    ever caused to fly up.

    Throughout the film, Ben is shown wearing two guns, and as Tony Perkins was left handed,
    whenever he draws his pistol, his left hands is correctly depicted as dominant.
    Yet at one point in a scene during Ben's search for the McGaffey brothers,
    his horse with Ben on his back, whirls around to reveal Ben only wearing one gun,
    and that being holstered on his right hip.

    Crew or equipment visible
    When Morg climbs up to the cave chasing the McGaffey brothers,
    there's a full camera shadow across him.

    Crew or equipment visible
    When Bart Bogardus staggers backwards after being shot,
    he hits the camera which shakes visibly.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Location
    Paramount Studios - 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA