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.Written by
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Anthony Perkins and John McIntire were reunited in Psycho (1960) three years later. See more »
When Doctor Joe McCord is on his way home from delivering Abe and Annie Pickett's baby, Ed McGaffey stops Doctor McCord in the dark and tells him Zeke is sick. In this scene Ed is clean shaven. In the very next scene, while Doctor McCord is treating Zeke in the McGaffey cabin, Ed is glistening with sweat and has a weeks worth of beard stubble on his face. In the next scene in this sequence, when Doctor McCord is leaving, Ed is on the porch asking "Is Zeke gonna be alright?" he is back to being well groomed and clean shaven. See more »
When the experienced bounty-hunter and former sheriff Morg Hickman (Henry Fonda) arrives in a town to claim his bounty for killing a wanted outlaw, he meets the rookie temporary sheriff Ben Owens (Anthony Perkins). Hickman befriends the boy Kip (Michel Ray) and is lodged by his widow mother Nona Mayfield (Betsy Palmer) at home. Meanwhile Ben asks Hickman to teach him to be a sheriff since he wants to be assigned by the residents to the position. Ben faces problem with the scum troublemaker Bart Bogardus (Neville Brand) and when a prominent dweller is murdered by two criminals, Bogardus organizes a posse to hunt them down. But Ben has decided to capture the killers alive and give a fair trial to them.
"The Tin Star" is a great western directed by Antony Mann, with the 52 year-old Henry Fonda in excellent shape and Anthony Perkins in one of his first features. The bitter Hickman has a sad past that has certainly affected his behavior and Anthony Perkins is perfect in the role of the insecure Ben Owens. The happy end is a counterpoint to "Shane" that has similar situation of a stranger involved with a boy and a widow. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "O Homem dos Olhos Frios" ("The Man of the Cold Eyes")
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