Support Your Local Gunfighter

Synopsis: James Garner plays a ladies' man who ends up on the run from a conquest. He has an embarrassing problem that requires a doctor, but that is not immediately disclosed. He and a town barsweep form a plot to impersonate a well known gunfighter so that Garner can pay off his debts and skip town before the soon to come arrival of the real gunfighter. The cast is almost identical to Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969) and the humor is similar. Typical: "You hit him from behind!" Garner: "Just as hard as I could!"
Director(s): Burt Kennedy
Production: United Artists
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

That's kissin'!

More champagne!

Give the boys another 20 bucks.

When you start running low, holler.

There's more where that came from.

Open up a bottle for yourselves too.

It ain't every day when Goldie opens

a joint in Denver and gets married to boot.

Wish we could get off the train with you.

That's one wedding I'd like to see.

- Yes, sir, yes, ma'am. Sure would.

- I wish you could too, boys.

- Right, girls?

- Yeah!

Did you ever see such a bunch

of beautiful bridesmaids

in your whole damn life?

Penny for your thoughts, lad.

They ain't worth it.

I was just thinking, better get some sleep.

We got a busy day in Denver tomorrow.

Busy wedding day!

Good night, baby.

- What's the next stop?

- Purgatory.

- Purgatory?

- Mm. Mining town. It ain't much.

Wake me when we get to Purgatory.

- Just me, not Miss Goldie.

- Yes, sir.


- The midnight on time, Ez?

- See what I'm writing, don't you?

- The midnight on time, Ez?

- I don't know more than you, Mr Barton.

But it seems kinda high class

to write down that she is.

Don't look like you're wearin' a gun

under that coat. Smart.

Ever heard of a man gettin' into trouble

mindin' his own business, Ez?

How am I expected to mind

my own business? I sent the telegram.

Telegrams are supposed to be private.

From the telegrapher?

I sure would feel a lot better

with weight on my hip, Pa.

If that party mentioned in the telegram

shows up, you'd best be unarmed.

Ez, I told you to mind...

- The Sidewinder!

- Your sister's name is Patience.


You stay out of this, Pa.

- What the hell are you doing?

- Teachin' them jackass miners a lesson.

Oh, you give me that!

I've told you not to shoot at people!

They had it comin'.

One of them said something vile.

He said "Does your mother

know you're out, Cecilia?"

You consider that grounds

for shootin' up the town?

- I knew what he meant.

- I sure as hell don't.

They are trying to ruin my good name.

I have sworn to go to Miss Hunter's

College on the Hudson River, New York,

for young ladies of good family.

Nothing's gonna stop me!

Except you killin' somebody.

- I only shoot at riffraff.

- You shot at us.

- I missed you.

- You couldn't hit a bull with a banjo.

- Watch that smart mouth.

- Hit him, Pa.

If I hit anybody, it's gonna be you.

Take her home, Oriville.

- Take your damn hands off me.

- Don't let her stop for a beer.

- She gets mean when she drinks.

- How come you called that girl Patience?

Can hear her a long way off

when the wind's right.

Ain't enough late

to make it worthwhile changin' the board.

Sounds downright peaceful, don't it?

Calm before the storm,

if that certain party is on board.



We'll say we know

you didn't get off at Purgatory.

We don't know where you did get off,

but we know it wasn't Purgatory.

Don't open up, boys. Nothing but mail

for Purgatory. No passengers gettin' off.

It's bad manners to call the conductor

a liar, so let's not. No sense openin' up.

Nobody's gettin' off at Purgatory.

Evenin'. Or mornin', rather.

It's one in the morning.

- I got a watch.

- Just get off the train?

Ever hear of an eagle pickin' up a grown

man and carryin' him across country?

- No, I can't say that I have.

- Well, you have now.

I come by eagle.

That's him, Pa. If only I had my rifle,

I'd nail him between the shoulder blades.

That'd be murder.

And it might be the wrong man.

It's gotta be him. Big, mean and ugly,

and sneakin' off the train. What's next?

Give him time to get a room,

then ask some questions at the hotel.

Let's wait in the Chinaman's back room.

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James Edward Grant

James Edward Grant (July 2, 1905 – February 19, 1966) was an American short story writer and screenwriter who contributed to more than fifty films between 1935 and 1971. He collaborated with John Wayne on twelve projects, starting with Angel and the Badman (which he also directed) in 1947 through Circus World in 1964. Support Your Local Gunfighter was released in 1971, five years after his death. more…

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