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The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958)

After inadvertently stopping an Indian attack on his stagecoach while traveling in the American West, an English gentleman finds himself appointed sheriff of a nearby town.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Howard Dimsdale (screenplay), Jacob Hay (short story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Morley ... Uncle Lucius
Ronald Squire ... Toynbee - His Solicitor
David Horne ... James - His Butler
Eynon Evans Eynon Evans ... Mason - Manager, Jonathan Tibbs & Co.)
Kenneth More ... Jonathan Tibbs
Jayne Mansfield ... Kate
Henry Hull ... Masters
William Campbell ... Keeno
Bruce Cabot ... Jack
Sidney James ... The Drunk
Donald Stewart Donald Stewart ... The Drummer
Reed De Rouen Reed De Rouen ... Clayborne
Clancy Cooper ... A Barber
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... Luke
Gordon Tanner ... Wilkins
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Storyline

A proper English gentleman, traveling in the American West, inadvertently stops an Indian attack on the stagecoach in which he is a passenger. When the stage gets to the nearest town, the raucous Fractured Jaw--which is being plagued by unruly cowbys, bandits and marauding Indians--the story spreads, and he is appointed sheriff. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1959 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Sheriff wider Willen See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,924,875, 31 December 1959

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,410,000, 31 December 1959
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first western to be filmed in Spain. See more »

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As Kenneth More is playing poker with the mayor and other townspeople, the number of coins on the table in front of him suddenly changes as he rakes in the pot while the camera angle shifts. See more »

Quotes

Red Wolf: [Referring to 3 beautiful Indian women] My father says these are too skinny. He'll find something better.
Jonathan Tibbs: [Three *formidable* and large Indian women gather] Great Scott!
Red Wolf: My father says these will keep you warm in the winter.
Jonathan Tibbs: [Whistles] What about the summer?
Red Wolf: A brave can have many wives.
Jonathan Tibbs: I'm not *that* brave!
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Soundtracks

Strolling Down the Lane with Bill
(uncredited)
Written by Harry Harris
Performed by Jayne Mansfield (dubbed by Connie Francis)
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What better market
25 September 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Kenneth More and Jayne Mansfield star in The Sheriff Of Fractured Jaw which plays very much like a Carry On film. In fact Sid James of the Carry On company has a brief role as a drunken stagecoach passenger and kind of lends an official presence to this satire of the western. The Carry On crew would later film Carry On Cowboy which this bears some resemblance to.

The real model for this film is Destry Rides Again as Kenneth More plays a rather mild mannered Englishman who goes west to sell firearms, firearms manufactured by his father Robert Morley's company. More sells Morley on the fact that in the lawless American west what better place can the company find a better market.

Poor Moore he manages to get himself involved in a range war between two large ranches, gets appointed sheriff of the town of Fractured Jaw and gets made an adopted member of the local Indian tribe. But this was not without its pleasant side as he manages to also win saloon singer Jayne Mansfield. She's more like Wrangler Jane of F Troop than Marlene Dietrich.

Jayne gets three songs also and she's dubbed by the familiar voice of Connie Francis. Not that Connie doesn't sing them well, but we know that's Connie Francis coming from Mansfield. They should have used an unknown singer.

The film has its amusing moments, but it really is an overblown Carry On film.


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