The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw
|The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw
(a.k.a. The Blonde and the Sheriff)
|Directed by||Raoul Walsh|
|Produced by||Daniel M. Angel|
|Screenplay by||Howard Dimsdale|
|Based on||The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw
1954 Maclean's Magazine
by Jacob Hay
|Music by||Robert Farnon|
|Edited by||John Shirley|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|December, 1958 (UK)
March 14, 1959 (New York City)
|Box office||445,556 admissions (France)|
The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (a.k.a. La Bionda e Lo Sceriffo/The Blonde and the Sheriff) is a 1958 British/American western DeLuxe Color comedy film directed by Raoul Walsh, starring Kenneth More and Jayne Mansfield, and filmed in Spain in CinemaScope. Jayne Mansfield's singing voice is dubbed by Connie Francis.
Jonathon Tibbs (Kenneth More), 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 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 (Jayne Mansfield), 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.
- Kenneth More as Jonathan Tibbs
- Jayne Mansfield as Kate
- Henry Hull as Major Masters
- Bruce Cabot as Jack
- Ronald Squire as Toynbee, Uncle Lucius' Solicitor
- William Campbell as Keeno
- Sid James as The Drunk
- Reed De Rouen as Clayborne
- Charles Irwin as Luke
- Donald Stewart as The Drummer
- Clancy Cooper as The Barber
- Gordon Tanner as Bud Wilkins
- Robert Morley as Uncle Lucius
- David Horne as James, Uncle Lucius' Butler
- Eynon Evans as Manager of Tibbs & Co.
- Jonas Applegarth as Running Deer (as Chief Jonas Applegarth)
- Joe Buffalo as Red Wolf (as Deputy Chief Joe Buffalo)
- Larry Taylor as Gun Guard
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.
The film was the 11th most popular movie at the British box office in 1959.
- Box office results of Raoul Walsh films in France at Box Office Story
- "Year Of Profitable British Films." Times [London, England] 1 Jan. 1960: 13. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 11 July 2012.
- The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw at the Internet Movie Database
- The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw at AllMovie
- The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw at the TCM Movie Database
- The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw at the American Film Institute Catalog
- The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw at the British Comedy Guide