|Key Cast||Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins, Betsy Palmer, Michel Ray, Neville Brand, John McIntire, Mary Webster, Peter Baldwin, Richard Shannon, Lee Van Cleef|
|Film Type||Black and White|
Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins star in
“Tin Star” – a Western drama about Law & Order in the West
In “Tin Star,” the western begins with bounty hunter, Morg Hickman (Henry Fonda), arriving in town with his latest human catch. The townspeople react coldly to Hickman and demand that he wait to get his money until the identity of the wanted man can be verified.
While waiting for his reward, Hickman finds out some interesting things about the small town. First of all, they have trouble keeping their sheriffs alive.
Secondly, the current wearer of “The Tin Star” is a young and inexperienced man named Ben Owens (Anthony Perkins). At the rate he is going, Sheriff Owens is probably going to be the next casualty of the badge.
When the newly appointed Sheriff Owens learns that Hickman used to wear “The Tin Star,” he approaches the older man to ask him if he would teach him how to be a good sheriff. Hickman hesitantly agrees because he doesn’t understand why the young man would want to risk his life in this way.
What unfolds are a series of life lessons about people, fighting and how to maintain law and order in the Old West.
• Anthony Mann, the director of “Tin Star”, also directed these other top western movies:
The Man from Laramie
Man of the West
The Far Country
The Naked Spur
Bend of the River
• According to a 1956 Hollywood Reporter magazine article, “The Tin Star” was originally going to be filmed in color. Also, Anthony Perkins almost lost his role as Sheriff Ben Owens to actor Jeffrey Hunter because he was ill when the movie was going to start filming. The studio, however, decided to move the filming start date to a later time so that Anthony Perkins could stay in the role.
• “The Tin Star” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay (Barney Slater, Joel Kane, Dudley Nichols)
Tin Star DVD
Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins star in this western as cowboys who come together because of the “Tin Star.”
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