The Tin Star

Synopsis: Veteran bounty-hunter Morg Hickman rides into a town in danger. The sheriff has been killed, and young inexperienced Ben Owens named a temporary replacement until a permanent can be found. Ben wants to be that permanent replacement, so needs to impress the townspeople with his skill. When he finds that Morg was a sheriff for a long time before he became a bounty-hunter, he asks the older man to teach him. Morg thinks that being a sheriff is a foolish goal, but agrees to instruct Ben in handling people, more important to a sheriff than handling a gun.
Genre: Western
Director(s): Anthony Mann
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

When I raise enough,

I'm gonna sell them and buy a horse.

Maybe a dog too.

- Take a long while, won't it?

- Yeah, but I'll do it.

- Mom?

- You go to sleep now.

Nice boy you got.

Well, I hope he doesn't pester

you with all his talking.

- I like kids.

- They like you.

I had a boy once.

You lost him?

Him and my wife both. Same time.

I guess what got me

remembering was...

...watching you make your own dress.

I used to sit and watch her

the same way.

It was nice.

This isn't mine.

It's for a lady in town.

The way you make your living?

When I can find the work.

Well, I'm afraid that's all for tonight.

Getting late.

- Say, am I keeping you up?

- Oh, no, no.

I'm gonna sleep out here

on the bunk.

You can go to bed anytime.

I don't like to take your bed.

Why don't you let me bunk here?

Because I'll be up before you.

You'll need a light to find

your way in the bedroom.

- I'm sorry, I forgot your name.

- Nona Mayfield.


You heard my name

mentioned in town?

No, but...

Mayfield, I mean...

Your boy looks part Mexican.

- I got nothing against Mexicans.

- Well, how about Indians?

Kip's father was an Indian.

Very well, you can move out

in the morning.

There's no use arguing, Ben.

You told me when you took that badge

it was gonna be only temporary.

Look, Millie, I guess

I might as well tell you.

What I'm hoping for, if...

Well, if I can show them,

if I can make good...

You'll make good.

In the graveyard.

What do you want, Ben,

me or that badge?

- I can't quit until they want me to.

- I won't be around.

Oh, well. Morning, Millie.

What's the trouble?

She wants me to give up my badge.

How do you like that?

Well, Millie,

that's your papa's badge.

We'd hate to see

it on any man

who didn't keep it clean

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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