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

Just getting the feel of these guns.

Where's the sheriff?


- What's wrong, Mr. King?

- Who's that man?

I don't know.

Hickman. Morgan Hickman.

Better take his gun,

he's killed someone.

You won't need to take my gun.

Won't need this anymore either.

"Luke Jameson, murder and robbery.

$500 reward. "

- A bounty hunter.

- Yep.

I tracked down Jameson.

He tried to shoot it out.

A fair fight. You won't find

any bullet holes in his back.

Don't like outlaws brought in dead?

Our officers bring in

their prisoners alive.

Your officer didn't bring in

Jameson at all.

I'm not the law.

I work inside it for money.

Same as you do

if you're in a legal business.

I believe the banking business is legal.

I'm also mayor.

My friends are businessmen,

except for Judge Thatcher

and Dr. McCord.

You got a bone to pick

with a freight company.

They put a hunk of money

on Jameson's head.

He robbed the freight office,

killed the agent.

Wanted him dead or alive,

which is kind of a hint, sounds like.

We're not here to argue.

This is a law-and-order town.

- Collect your money and get out.

- Suits me fine.

- How soon can I collect?

- Soon as I can manage it.

I gotta mail in your claim, and I can't

take your word it's Jameson.

I wouldn't know him from Adam.

There's one man in town ought to

recognize the corpse. Bart Bogardus.

- Jameson's his cousin. Or was.

- Get an affidavit from Bogardus.

I'll have to sign the claim, so will you.

When will it be ready?

First thing tomorrow morning.

You can unload my packhorse, sheriff.

I gotta find me a place to stay.

I'd like a room.

Haven't got a room.

Maybe you can find me one.

I said, I haven't got a room.

Any other hotel in town?


Where can I put up my horses?

Livery barn's that way.

Can't miss it on your way out of town.

Now, don't be scared,

I'm not gonna hurt you.

I'm gonna take you home.

Got a real nice coop.

- Howdy.

- Howdy.

- What are you up to, son?

- Catching pigeons.

Get out of that hayloft!

Ain't I warned you to keep out?

Now get out of here and stay out.

I don't want your kind around here.

- What do you want?

- Put up my horses.

- You know who I am?

- I didn't ask.

Bogardus is the name.

Bart Bogardus.

Jameson was kin of mine.

Well, every family's

got one black sheep.

- Some of them got two.

- Take your horses and get out.

It's your barn.

Hey, mister, can I ride your horse?

Big enough to get on, are you?

Better get off.

It's a long walk back.

- I live here.

- Where?

- Kip, where have you been?

- The barn.

- You promised to keep out of there.

- I ain't afraid.

Well, I am.

Thanks for fetching him home.

Wouldn't know anyplace a man

could put up, would you?

Well, you'd have to share

a bedroom with my son.

- I don't mind if he don't.

- I don't mind. Come on.

More coffee?

If you don't mind.

Get up, Kip. You've finished.

- You live here all alone?

- I have my son.

Why don't you live with us.

Then I can ride your horse.


Fact is, I would like to stay,

if your mother would put up with me.

She'd be glad. Wouldn't you, Mom?

If Mr. Hickman wishes to stay,

he can stay.

You wanna see my pigeons?

Not tonight.

Don't bother Mr. Hickman.

I just asked. I catched them

in the livery barn.

- You have enough pigeons.

- No, I haven't.

I'm raising them.

Two have laid eggs already.

- You wanna see my pigeons?

- Be quiet.

- I better look at my horses.

- I'll go with you.

I hope you don't mind.

Bet he shows me his pigeons.

Wanna see my pigeons?

Lead away, captain.

- Can you see them?

- What are you gonna do with them?

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