The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw

Synopsis: A proper English gentleman, traveling in the American West, inadvertently stops an Indian attack on the stagecoach in which he is a passenger. When the stage gets to the nearest town, the raucous Fractured Jaw--which is being plagued by unruly cowbys, bandits and marauding Indians--the story spreads, and he is appointed sheriff.
Director(s): Raoul Walsh
Production: Twentieth Century Fox
  1 nomination.
103 min

What's that, tea?

Take it away.

Poison. I never touch it.

Give me some port.

- Sir.

- The only possible thing for gout, port.

Now then, have you located

my nephew yet?

No, sir. It is to be assumed

that Mr. Jonathan is still on holiday, sir.

But he started in May.

It's now September.

- He's missing the partridges.

- Well, he'd do that anyhow, sir.

Mr. Jonathan is never happy

with a gun in his hand, sir.

Nor is anybody

who gets within half a mile of him.

Your correspondence might convey

some indication of his whereabouts.

I can't read them without my glasses.

Has anybody found them yet?

Ah, Toynbee. Nobody told me

you'd got here. Where have you been?

- In the library.

- In the library?

You won't find my nephew there.

No, but I found your glasses.

- Where were they?

- In a French novel.

Not a very nice novel.

Just a minute.

Where are you going with that?

A party?

No, sir.

- Kidneys, who are they for?

Mr. Jonathan's feeling peckish.

Mr. Jonathan? Where is he?

- In the coach-house, sir.

- In the coach...?

- What's he doing there?

- He's working on his contraption, sir.

What do you mean, scouring

the countryside for my nephew...

...when he's in the coach-house?

- I looked for him there on the 31 st ult.

- Today is the fourth inst.

Take that back to the house at once.

Look here. Get down there.

You're my lawyer.

Tell him if he doesn't report tomorrow

morning at 9:
00, I shall disinherit him.

- Very good, sir.

- Get on.

At the double, at the double!


- Mr. Tibbs, Mr. Tibbs.

Ah, dear Mr. Toynbee.

Your uncle has instructed that you be

at Tibbs & Company... 9:
00 tomorrow morning.

Otherwise, you will be disinherited.

I have here a document dealing with

the financial position of the company.

Scarcely the place

to give you all the details...

...but I would advise you

that Tibbs & Company... on the verge of bankruptcy.

- Dear sir, how are you?

Don't bother

with Tibbs & Company...

...and verges of bankruptcy

and all that.

Here, take a look

at my latest invention.

It's going to make us all a fortune.

- What is it meant to be?

- What is it meant to be?

Mr. Toynbee.

Sir, allow me to enlighten you.

This is a horseless carriage.

What's the use of a carriage

without a horse?

I will demonstrate.

Now, watch closely.



So far, I've only managed

to make it go up and down.

But if ever I should succeed

in making it go to and from...

...just think what that would mean.

However, I have made a few

adjustments, and this may do the trick.



It's quite safe, Mr. Toynbee.

Come back, sir.

It's perfectly all right, Mr. Toynbee.

It's safe as houses.

I'll wager you that I'll drive to the office

in it tomorrow.

Nice and early, when it's quiet.



- Good morning.

- Good morning, sir.

Good morning, Mr. Tibbs.

Ah, Mr. Tibbs, sir, this is a pleasure.

- My dear old Mason, how are you?

- I'm very good, sir.

- Has Mr. Toynbee arrived?

- No, but he's expected.

- I say, what the devil's this?

- The gun is a derringer, sir.

- A what?

- A derringer.

Good heavens, looks like

a funny little pop pistol to me.

Yes, it may be small,

but believe me, sir, it's highly dangerous.

Do you know, sir,

a gun exactly like this...

...was used

to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.

- You amaze me.

- Indeed, sir.

And what's all this contraption?

Well, the attachment is a device

that we are developing, sir.

For gentlemen who might like to stroll

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