The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw

  • U
  • Raoul Walsh (1958)
  • UK
  • 103 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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?

Plot 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 and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Raoul Walsh

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Apollo Films Ltd
Categories
Comedy
Drama