The Sheriff Of Fractured Jaw. Image shows from L to R: Kate (Jayne Mansfield), Jonathan Tibbs (Kenneth More).

The Sheriff Of Fractured Jaw

1958 British comedy film set in the Wild West. Stars Kenneth More, Jayne Mansfield, Henry Hull, Bruce Cabot, Ronald Squire and others.

The Sheriff Of Fractured Jaw. Image shows from L to R: Kate (Jayne Mansfield), Jonathan Tibbs (Kenneth More).

The Sheriff Of Fractured Jaw

Fish out of water comedy in which an English businessman trying to sell his firm's goods finds himself appointed Sheriff of a notorious Wild West town

Genre
Film
Released
1958
Creator
Jacob Hay
Starring
Kenneth More, Jayne Mansfield, Henry Hull, Bruce Cabot, Ronald Squire, William Campbell, Sid James, Reed De Rouen and others
Writer
Arthur Dales
Director
Raoul Walsh
Producer
Daniel M. Angel

It is the mid 19th Century, and family-run gunsmiths Tibbs & Company, est. 1605 of St James's, London, may have a Royal Appointment, but they are nevertheless facing financial ruin.

As the company nears collapse, the head of the wealthy Tibbs family orders his engineer nephew Jonathan to London to take up the reigns. Considering the company's position, Jonathan resolves that the quickest way to return to profitability is to sell more guns - and after perusing his Times, it strikes him that the place most in desire of a gun trade is the American West.

Heading out to the former colony personally, Jonathan soon finds his impeccable English upbringing has not provided him with the requisite knowledge to survive - let alone - trade, in the aptly named Wild West.

However, his naïve misunderstanding of numerous situations seems, inexplicably, to pay off. After talking off an Indian attack on his stagecoach, word soon spreads of his bravery and hard manner. Arriving in the settlement of Fractured Jaw, two notorious gangs each approach him with caution, and the town's weary Mayor imposes upon the newcomer the absent post of Sheriff!

With respected tavern proprietress Kate on his side, and a run of good luck that leaves the local undertaker astonished, Jonathan sets about bringing peace between the white and red skins, and neutralising the threat held over the town by the ruthless gangs.

Production Details

UK certificate
U
Duration
110 minutes
Release date
28th October 1958 or 21st December 1958
Production company
Soundtrack
Music composed by Robert Farnon, conducted by Muir Mathieson and played by Sinfonia of London. Additional songs composed and written by Harry Harris. Title music sung by Connie Francis.
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Monday 14th January 2019 at 2:40pm on Film4

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