Support Your Local Gunfighter – 1971
James Edward Grant
Review by Wayne Malin
Not as good as “Support Your Local Sheriff” but still funny,
This was put out in 1971 because the 1969 Western spoof “Support Your Local Sheriff” had been a big hit. It shares an almost identical cast with the first one but isn’t a sequel. In this one James Garner plays Latigo. He’s a con man he gets to the town of Purgatory to escape from getting married. The townspeople thinks he’s the legendary gunfighter Swifty Morgan who they sent for the settle a mine dispute. Also around are Taylor (Harry Morgan) who hired him, his high strung daughter Patience (Suzanne Pleshette) and Jug May (Jack Elam) who becomes his helper.
This isn’t as fun as the earlier one because most of the jokes here were already used or are pretty bad (the explosions the town has every once in a while was a poor running gag). Also Garner’s character in this one is pretty obnoxious while he was nice and kind in the earlier one. Still, this does have its moments and the cast gives it their all. I was glad to see Joan Hackett (who I found WAY too shrill) from the first one replaced by Pleshette. Pleshette (who just recently passed away) is young, full of life and lots of fun. Her attempts to kill Garner were actually pretty funny. Also Elam is on hand again and just as funny as he was in the previous one. Heck he even has the same sort of closing speech again! So, it’s not as good as “Sheriff” but not bad. I give it a 7.