The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw

The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw

Raoul Walsh (1958)

103min
U Certificate
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Our Score
This is the first ever western shot in Spain, its standing set later used for Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy. The title role in this super spoof is played by British actor Kenneth More at his most diffident, and the director is the great Raoul Walsh, who films in the grand tradition of the genre. Fifties sex symbol Jayne Mansfield provides the love interest and there's a touching musical interlude in which she croons In the Valley of Love, dubbed by Connie Francis. The film's soundtrack is especially witty - check out that primitive car in Robert Morley's garage - and there's the added value of an entertaining Anglo-American supporting cast. Did you know that, with his roles in this film, Ramsbottom Rides Again and Carry On Cowboy, Sidney James appeared in all three British westerns?

Summary

A stiff-upper-lipped English salesman accidentally foils a raid on a stagecoach. Having acquired an undeserved reputation as a fearsome gunslinger, he is asked to become the sheriff of a wild frontier town - a job with a very short life expectancy. Comedy Western, starring Kenneth More, Jayne Mansfield, Ronald Squire and Robert Morley.

Cast & Crew

Jonathan Tibbs Kenneth More
Kate Jayne Mansfield
Mayor Masters Henry Hull
Keno William Campbell
Jack Bruce Cabot
Uncle Lucius Robert Morley
Toynbee Ronald Squire
James David Horne
Mason Eynon Evans
Clayborne Reed De Rouen
Drunk Sidney James
Director Raoul Walsh
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Apollo Films Ltd

Comedy Drama

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