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Support Your Local Gunfighter Movie Review Summary

Actors: James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Harry Morgan, Joan Blondell, Jack Elam

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This 1971 parody Western is a companion to "Support Your Local Sheriff!", made two years before, but with mostly different characters and plot. Two mining corporations are battling to get to the mother lode under a small Colorado boom town when Latigo Smith (Garner), a smooth-talking con man with a fatal weakness for the roulette wheel, rides the train into town. Both sides mistake him for the famed gunfighter Swifty Morgan, and try to hire him to sabotage the other. Smith takes on a sad case named Jug May (Elam) as his partner and pretends to everyone that Jug is Swifty while he plays off the two sides. Patience Barton (Pleshette), the daughter of one of the mine owners, provides extra comic relief and a romantic interest as a fearless, loud harridan known as "the Sidewinder," all too quick to fire a gun in quarrel (but fortunately a terrible aim), and dead set on getting "back East to Miss Hunter's College on the Hudson River in New York for Young Ladies of Good Family." Of course the real Swifty shows up (a mean-eyed Chuck Connors, with the seams of his bald headpiece showing), and Latigo has to do some REAL fast thinkin'. A terribly silly but satisfying hoot. Elam is especially memorable as the comic sidekick.
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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1600 to 1899 Comedy or Parody about    -   westerns

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   ignorant small town people Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Some foul language

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