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Directed by Burt Kennedy
USA 1971

 

Screen legend James Garner (Support Your Local Sheriff!) is back in the saddle in Support Your Local Gunfighter, a powder keg of laughs co-starring Suzanne Pleshette, Jack Elam, Harry Morgan, Joan Blondell, Marie Windsor, Henry Jones, John Dahmer, Dub Taylor, Gene Evans and Chuck Connors. Hustling gigolo Latino Smith (Garner) arrives in a mining town for an operation, but while in town he overhears that the local mining baron Taylor Baton (Morgan) is looking to hire the notorious gunman Swift Morgan to wipe out his competition. Seizing the opportunity for an easy con, Smith passes off a reprobate cowhand, Jug (Elam), as the dreaded Swift with bankroll in-hand, he plans to head for the hills at first opportunity. Complicating matters are Barton’s suspicious pistol-packing’ daughter, Patience (Pleshette), and the arrival of the real Swift Morgan (Connors). Now, can Smith come up with a scheme to save Jug’s hide, stop the mining feud and win over Patience—or will he end up blowing up the entire town! Directed by western legend Burt Kennedy (Ride Lonesome).

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This Western action/comedy is told in the same tongue-in-cheek manner as its predecessor, Support Your Local Sheriff. Goldie (Marie Windsor), a madam, is a formidable woman, and Latigo Smith (James Garner) knows perfectly well that his disreputable ways will be trimmed considerably should she succeed in marrying him. Instead, he escapes from her and winds up in the town of Purgatory. The town's inhabitants have been expecting the arrival of Swifty Morgan (Chuck Connors), the famous gunfighter. All things being equal, Latigo is happy to be mistaken for Morgan's sidekick, while Jug May (Jack Elam) impersonates Morgan himself.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 14th, 1971

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:32:31.212         
Video

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,316,291,124 bytes

Feature: 20,619,534,336 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.34 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1555 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1555 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
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Studio:
Kino

 

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,316,291,124 bytes

Feature: 20,619,534,336 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.34 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary by Filmmaker/Historian Michael Schlesinger
• Deleted Scenes 1 (0:35)
• Deleted Scenes 2 (2:27)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:46)


Blu-ray Release Date:
September 17th, 2019
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Chapters 9

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (September 2019): Kino have transferred Support Your Local Gunfighter to Blu-ray. It is on a single-layered disc with a supportive bitrate. Colors carry some richness and there is strong texture. The image quality is consistent exporting some depth and the 1.85:1 presentation is visually pleasing.

On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (16-bit) in the original English language. There is some western effects (train, gunfire, limited horses etc.) and score credited to Jack Elliott (The Jerk) and Allyn Ferguson (The Man in the Iron Mask), sounding bouncy and fun. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray has an audio commentary by filmmaker/historian Michael Schlesinger who is relaxed and fun focusing on details of the story pointing out Marie Windsor, Ellen Corby, Blondell and others. Schlesinger was a classic film distributor, having worked for more than 25 years at MGM. There are also two deleted scenes and a theatrical trailer.

Perhaps a notch less adept a comedy than its predecessor Support Your Local Sheriff, still Support Your Local Gunfighter is a great time to enjoy the western genre in a lighter vein. I've always had a crush on Suzanne Pleshette (Mrs. Hartley) too. It makes a good double-feature and the Blu-ray with commentary will be appreciated.

Gary Tooze

 


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