3D back once more for your weekly movie recommendation. For the month of March, I’ve chosen to feature all Westerns. To kick things off, I thought I’d start with a movie staring a wonderful Oklahoma-born actor, James Garner. (If you don’t like James Garner, you should just stop reading now because we have nothing in common!)
The 1969 film “Support Your Local Sheriff” is a wonderful example of the comedic Westerns that were common in the 60′s. (All the Westerns in recent history have been so dark and serious…) I love this kind of funny take of the genre, and James Garner has incredible comedic timing.
The movie is the story of a lawless Western town and how a man who is “just passing through on his way to Australia” ends up taming it. He also manages to tame a wild, rich girl (played by Joan Hackett) and defeat a murderous band of outlaws led by Walter Brennan and Bruce Dern.
The story is really irrelevant, however, as the real draw of the movie is a series of wacky shenanigans and incredibly deadpan jokes delivered by James Garner. This movie is an old family favorite that I’ve probably seen a hundred times, and it is still funny every time. So, if you like funny Westerns or if you are a fan of Garner’s cool charm, then you need to see “Support Your Local Sheriff.”