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The Iron Sheriff (1957)

Passed | | Western | April 1957 (USA)
When the sheriff's son is placed on trial for murdering a stagecoach driver, the sheriff desperately searches for the real killer - and finds the trail leads back to his boy.

Director:

Sidney Salkow

Writer:

Seeleg Lester
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sterling Hayden ... Sheriff Samuel 'Sam' Galt
Constance Ford ... Claire
John Dehner ... Roger Pollack
Kent Taylor ... Phil Quincy
Darryl Hickman ... Benjamin 'Benjie' Galt
Walter Sande ... Marshal Ellison
Frank Ferguson ... District Attorney Holloway
King Donovan ... Leveret
Mort Mills ... Range Detective Sutherland
Peter Miller Peter Miller ... Jackson Gallagher
Kathleen Nolan ... Kathi Walden (as Kathy Nolan)
I. Stanford Jolley ... Eugene 'Gene' Walden
Will Wright ... Judge
Ray Walker ... Bilson
Robert B. Williams ... Sheriff Joe Tilyou (as Bob Williams)
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Storyline

In 1891, in a small town in South Dakota, a stagecoach is robbed and the driver is killed. A small fortune in silver dollars has disappeared. The only suspect is Benjamin 'Benjie' Galt, the son of Sheriff Samuel 'Sam' Galt. The lad claims he's innocent but circumstances and a few witnesses place him at the scene of the murder-robbery. Heart-broken but honest, Sheriff Galt arrests his own son and prepares for the trial by hiring the best lawyer in the country to defend Benjie. The Sheriff also hires a local detective to investigate the scene of the stagecoach robbery and possibly dig up any new evidence or witnesses to help clear Benjie of the crime. However, when a silver dollar from the stage robbery loot turns up in the local saloon, the trail leads straight to Benjie. Written by nufs68

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She could clear his name ...but only if she'd dirty her own! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Trial of Benjie Galt See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Grand Productions (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although shot in the 1.37:1 aspect ratio (for later television airing) the theatrical aspect ratio of this film is 1.85:1 widescreen. Most modern 16x9 (1.78:1) televisions have a "zoom to width" picture option, essentially allowing the viewer to see it as the director and cinematographer intended. It is easy to spot films shot this way since all the titles and credits will still fit when properly cropped (they stay in the "middle" of the frame), and there is an unusual amount of "headroom" above the actors in medium and close-up shots when viewed uncropped. Quite often "mistakes" like seeing equipment in the top or bottom of the uncropped frame would never have been seen by a theater audience. See more »

Goofs

Once the hunt for the telegrapher begins, the sheriff, who is such an honest and honorable and upstanding, law-abiding lawman that he was willing to hang his own son to tell what he believed to be the truth, becomes an enraged man looking to kill the telegrapher, wildly throwing a shot into the telegrapher's home upon arrival there without first trying to find him in the home and arrest him. He even shoots the gun out of the hand of his own deputy and then knocks him out to prevent the deputy from stopping him from killing the telegrapher. Quite a change from the "Iron Sheriff' so bent on upholding the law, suddenly wanting to kill the telegrapher when he had not even done any physical harm to his son. Sure, the telegrapher would have allowed the sheriff's son to hang, but at this point they had already figured out that the telegrapher was guilty of the killing, the sheriff's son would not have hanged, and all they needed to do was bring the telegrapher in for a new trial. See more »

Quotes

Charley - Laundry Owner: Sheriff! Gone! All gone sheriff!
Sheriff Galt: What's all gone?
Charley - Laundry Owner: Money! Money all gone! Stolen!
Sheriff Galt: You kept your money in here?
[looks at wooden box]
Charley - Laundry Owner: Yes.
Sheriff Galt: How much was there?
Charley - Laundry Owner: All! Was going to save to go back to China, Sheriff. In back of ironing board. Nobody bothered. Broke in wash room last night. Just find empty box! Sheriff, no money left now... money from many years.
Sheriff Galt: Well, that's what we got banks for, Charlie.
Charley - Laundry Owner: [puzzled] What we got Sheriff for?
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Referenced in The Exiles (1961) See more »

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Interesting and a Bit Different…Detective Story in the Old West
23 May 2015 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

A Detective/Courtroom Drama set in the Old West with Sterling Hayden Leading the Proceedings on a Mission to Discover the Real Killer. His Son has been Accused of Robbing a Stage and Shooting the Driver. He is in Jail and On Trial when the Movie Begins and the Running Time is Spent on Uncovering what really happened.

Most B-Westerns aren't as Talky or Concerned with Sleuthing, but this one sure is. A pretty Good Cast of Familiar TV Faces and John Dehner Standing Out as the Boy's Attorney. There are Numerous Town Folks who are Suspect and the Movie is Different enough to Warrant Attention.

Things Twist and Turn quite a bit and there are Riding and Gunplay in the End with Hayden the Sheriff Almost Losing It. Certainly Worth a Watch for its Unique Take on Standard Western Movie Stuff and the Game Cast and Story are Interestingly Off Beat.


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