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|The Iron Sheriff|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sidney Salkow|
|Produced by||Edward Small (executive)|
Jerome C. Robinson
|Written by||Seeleg Lester|
|Music by||Emil Newman|
Ernest Gold (uncredited)
|Edited by||Grant Whytock|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
The Iron Sheriff is a 1957 Western film starring Sterling Hayden.
A stagecoach is robbed in South Dakota and its driver is killed. A dying man, Gene Walden, tells the sheriff, Sam Galt, that it was Sam's son Benjie who shot the driver. Benjie is engaged to be married to Walden's daughter.
Benjie is placed under arrest. Newspaper publisher Phil Quincy demands to know what Walden said, but Sam won't say. Quincy and the sheriff are in love with the same woman, Claire, whose father was a lawman killed in the line of duty.
Sam brings in a prominent lawyer, Roger Pollock, to defend his son and hires a detective, Sutherland, to help find the real culprits. In time, all evidence points to Benjie being the killer, and against his lawyer's wishes, Sam testifies to what Walden told him. Benjie is found guilty and sentenced to hang.
Coins from the robbery are found in Kathy's hope chest. Kathy's father, Walden, robbed the stagecoach because his health was failing and he wanted his daughter to have enough money to support herself. Leveret, a telegraph operator who knew the stage's schedule, ambushed it and murdered the driver shortly afterward, not knowing that the money had already been stolen. Walden honestly thought Benjie had committed the murder. Sam manages to bring Leveret to justice in time to save his son.
The film was originally known as The Trial of Benjie Galt. Filming started 22 October 1956.
- THOMAS M. PRYOR (Oct 2, 1956). "'OSCAR' CREATED FOR FOREIGN FILMS: Award Henceforth to Be Made on Regular Rather Than a Discretionary Basis Trading Joke for Joke Of Local Origin". The New York Times. p. 39.
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