The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw

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The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw
(a.k.a. The Blonde and the Sheriff)
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Directed by Raoul Walsh
Produced by Daniel M. Angel
Written by Howard Dimsdale
Starring Kenneth More
Jayne Mansfield
Henry Hull
Bruce Cabot
Music by Robert Farnon
Cinematography Otto Heller
Edited by John Shirley
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) December, 1958 (UK)
March 14, 1959 (New York City)
Running time 103 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English

The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (a.k.a. La Bionda e Lo Sceriffo/The Blonde and the Sheriff) is a 1958 British/American western comedy film directed by Raoul Walsh, starring Kenneth More and Jayne Mansfield, and filmed in Spain.

Synopsis[edit]

Jonathon Tibbs, son of a family of English gunsmiths, has no interest in the business and prefers inventing gadgets, in particular a steam-powered horseless carriage. Threatened with disinheritance if he does not report for work, he discovers that the company is not doing very well, and concludes that someone must expand their sales.

He reads in his newspaper about the wide use of guns in the American West of the 1880s, and decides to go there himself to sell firearms to the locals.

He ends up at the small lawless town of Fractured Jaw and inadvertently acquires a reputation for quickness on the draw, due to his wrist-mounted Derringer style weapon. He is innocently drawn into a range war between the "Box T" and "Lazy S" cattle outfits, both of whom claim sole water rights and, when he proves able to stand up to their hired gunmen, is appointed sheriff.

He endeavours to clean up the town using what skills he has, and by multilateral diplomacy. He attracts the support of Miss Kate, a blonde bombshell hotel owner, who helps him to fight off the hired guns of both cattle ranches, who all want him dead.

Earning the respect of the local Indian tribe, he becomes a blood brother of theirs, under the name of 'Fleet Iron Hat'. When he and Kate are besieged by the gunmen of both outfits, they come to his rescue and help to arrest the men. The two ranch owners eventually offer a deal to maintain the peace and share the water rights.

With relative peace restored, Jonathon decides to remain in Fractured Jaw, becomes an American citizen and marries Kate.

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Production[edit]

The film was directed by Raoul Walsh and produced by Daniel M. Angel. It features an eclectic cast of British and American character actors, including Henry Hull, Bruce Cabot, Sid James and Robert Morley. Because of Jayne Mansfield's top billing with More, the title for the Italian release was La Bionda e Lo Sceriffo; literally, The Blonde and The Sheriff.

It is notable as a rare example of a British western (albeit a comedy). It was also the first western to be filmed in Spain – the standing set was later used for A Fistful of Dollars.

Reception[edit]

The film was the 11th most popular movie at the British box office in 1959.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Year Of Profitable British Films." Times [London, England] 1 Jan. 1960: 13. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 11 July 2012.

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