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Name: TWILIGHT TIME
Number: TWILIGHT200-BR

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF (1969) / SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL GUNFIGHTER (1971) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Harry Morgan, Bruce Dern, Joan Hackett, James Garner, Jack Elam, Henry Jones, John Dehner, Joan Blondell, Suzanne Pleshette, Walter Brennan
Directed By:  Burt Kennedy
Composed By:  Allyn Ferguson, Jeff Alexander, Jack Elliott

“Kennedy’s best film, an irresistibly irreverent Western parody…Beautifully played by Garner with deadpan wit…One by one, all the Western clichés are turned upside down and reinvented.”
– Time Out London

“An enormous amount of fun, with good direction that kids around affectionately with western clichés.” – TV Guide

Director Burt Kennedy’s Western parody, Support Your Local Sheriff (1969), stars the delightful James Garner as a sheriff who pops up out of nowhere to shape up a rowdy frontier town (villainized by Bruce Dern, of course), aided and abetted by a scruffy local (Jack Elam). The film’s 1971 follow-up, Support Your Local Gunfighter, reunites Garner and Elam for further adventures in absurdity. Distaff humor is provided by Joan Hackett (Sheriff) and Suzanne Pleshette (Gunfighter), and veteran character actors are here in abundance, including Harry Morgan, Walter Brennan, John Dehner, Marie Windsor, and Joan Blondell.

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.85:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1969-1971 / Color
Sheriff: 93 MINUTES, Gunfighter: 92 MINUTES
RATED G

Special Features: Isolated Score Tracks / Audio Commentary on Support Your Local Sheriff with Film Historians Lee Pfeiffer and Paul Scrabo / Original Theatrical Trailers

  
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Posted by Mark Turner on March 22, 2016 9:35 PM
JAMES GARNER AT HIS BEST

Growing up in the sixties and seventies I had plenty of opportunity to see movies and TV series starring James Garner. From THE GREAT ESCAPE to THE ROCKFORD FILES to Polaroid commercials, Garner was everywhere. He had an affable charm to the way he acted and created a persona of know it all smart aleck as witnessed early on in his TV series MAVERICK. There was always a sense of comfort in watching him act, a feeling that no matter what all of his characters were in control, something we all wished were true in our own lives.

This was evident in a one two punch of films he did in the late 60s/early 70s with “Support” in their titles; SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF in 1969 and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL GUNFIGHTER in 1971. Both films have been available as single entries on DVD but now Twilight Time has combined the two in a single blu-ray package. A better combination would be hard to beat as would the entertainment value found in both of these films. They present Garner at his best.

SHERIFF has Garner starring as Jason McCullough, a man on his way to Australia who stops in a small mining town along the way. At the local saloon he witnesses Joe Danby (Bruce Dern) kill a man and knocks him unconscious before he can kill a second. Part of the infamous Danby clan who everyone fears in town, the mayor (Harry Morgan) makes McCullough an offer to become their sheriff. In need of funds McCullough takes the job insisting that it is only temporary.

What follows are funny moments aplenty as McCullough stops everything from rowdy cowboys yelling and galloping through town to facing down the various members of the Danby clan, led by Pa Danby (Walter Brennan). Making each encounter even funnier is the fact that McCullough uses his head more often than his guns even though he is quite adept with those. An eventual showdown with the Danbys is inevitable to determine who is in charge.

Along the way there are two other great performances and stories. The first comes from Joan Hackett as Prudy Perkins, the mayor’s daughter. A wild and rambunctious woman more prone to knock a man down using a 2x4 as opposed to batting her eyelashes, she finds herself drawn to McCullough early on and the two battle back and forth as their attraction to one another grows. Also in the mix is Jack Elam as Jake, the town drunk that McCullough takes on as his deputy. Jake is someone McCullough trusts and can mold into whatever it is he needs. Elam, often seen in westerns and coming to his own as a comedic actor here, is fantastic in this part.

There are tons of great sight gags in this film that if you’ve seen it you will recall. A jail cell without bars is one and a finger in a gun is another. If you recall either then you’ve seen this movie and know how hilarious it can be. This one alone is worth picking up this disc for.

GUNFIGHTER came two years later and was made in an attempt to cash in on the success of the first film. A number of cast members return here and the successful formula used in the first film is in play but it doesn’t come off quite as good. Garner here stars as Latigo Smith, a con man who makes his way west on the comforts and cash of various madames. After ditching the last one who was intent on marrying him, Latigo gets off in the town of Purgatory, a town in the midst of a battle over a mine heading for a huge gold strike.

Getting off the train Latigo is thought to be Swifty Morgan, a gunslinger hired by Colonel Ames (John Dehner) to keep Taylor (Harry Morgan again) and his company out and beat him to the gold. Taylor and company follow him to the local hotel to find out his intentions while he ignores them. At the same time Taylor’s wild daughter Patience (Suzanne Pleshette) is shooting anything in sight without hitting anyone, the result of a supposed insult. Her method of dealing with “Swifty” is to try and shoot him first.

Eventually Latigo makes friends with down on his luck cowhand Jug May (Jack Elam again). When he learns of the situation in town he tries to remain uninvolved. Unfortunately an addiction to the roulette wheel causes him to lose all his money and he then turns the tables on all involved, playing a con on them by pushing Jug off as the real Swifty and himself as his manager.

All is well and Latigo finds himself attracted to Patience as the film progresses. But eventually the real Swifty will learn of what is going on and attempt to set the record straight. The question is can Latigo generate enough funds to move on before he can get there.

While still funnier than many comedies coming out today this one doesn’t quite come off as good as the first film. But even then it offers tons of laughs and quick back and forth dialogue between Garner and Elam that works amazingly well. Garner again comes off as the quick witted individual who makes the best of any and all situations, coming out on top in spite of all that happens.

Twilight Time outdoes themselves once again with pristine quality transfers of each of these movies to blu-ray. Extras are sparse here but it’s the movies that you’ll be interested in. Included in the extras are isolated score tracks, audio commentary tracks by film historians Lee Pfeiffer and Paul Scrabo and original theatrical trailers on both.

Not only will this edition of these films be a welcome one to your collection more than likely they will be ones to keep handy, pulled out at least on a yearly basis to be enjoyed and bring a smile to your face. As with all of their releases Twilight Time is only issuing a limited edition run of 3,000 so if you want to add this to your collection do so today.

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