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The Tin Star (1957)




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Taciturn marshal-turned-bounty hunter Henry Fonda rides into a small town where greenhorn deputy Anthony Perkins is sole representative of the law. Sensing that the boy could use some seasoning, Fonda makes it his mission to teach Perkins how to protect himself against the criminal element. Though diametrically opposed in personality, the older Fonda and the younger Perkins find they are kindred spirits in their dedication to their work. Using the lessons taught him by Fonda, Perkins is able to prove his worth by taking on town hothead Neville Brand. Directed with a minimum of slack and flab by Anthony Mann, The Tin Star was later spun off into the TV series The Deputy, which starred Henry Fonda and Allen Case.

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Anthony Perkins
as Sheriff Ben Owens
Henry Fonda
as Morgan Hickman
Betsy Palmer
as Nona Mayfield
Michael Ray
as Kip Mayfield
Neville Brand
as Bart Bogardus
Michel Ray
as Kip Mayfield
John McIntire
as Dr. McCord
Mary Webster
as Millie Parker
Peter Baldwin
as Zeke McGaffey
Richard Shannon
as Buck Henderson
Lee Van Cleef
as Ed McGaffey
James Bell
as Judge Thatcher
Howard Petrie
as Harvey King
Russell Simpson
as Clem Hall
Hal K. Dawson
as Andy Miller
Jack Kenney
as Sam Hodges
Frank Cady
as Abe Pickett
Bob Kenaston
as Hardman
Frank Cordell
as Posse Member
Tim Sullivan
as Virgil Hough
Frank McGrath
as Jim Clark
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Critic Reviews for The Tin Star

All Critics (6)

Fonda's acute performance makes this "adult western" worth seeing.

November 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Perkins in an audition for his Psycho role.

November 9, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

An understated, terrific western

January 5, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

The Tin Star never feels as if it's unfolding naturally.

June 14, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Tin Star

Great western with another amazing performance from Henry Fonda. I am also getting to understand that Anthony Perkins was more than just the Norman Bates guy. He is solid in this film. Overall, love the way the film was made and enjoyed the pacing a lot. Simple, well crafted western.

Tim Sigur
Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

Great offbeat western.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

Fonda and Perkins work off of one another surprisingly well. Fonda is clearly the more comfortable western actor, but it actually works that Perkins seems out of genre since he is the one who must learn to fit the role of a wild west sheriff.

The dialogue, if it can actually be called that, is hardly engaged conversation. It's more like people throwing lines at each other like bullets.

Not a bad movie. My guess is that the next bad guy to come to town after Fonda's exit kills Perkins.

Lanning : )
Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

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