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The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw

A reprint of the Italian poster
Directed by Raoul Walsh
Produced by Daniel M. Angel
Written by Howard Dimsdale
Starring Kenneth More
Jayne Mansfield
Henry Hull
Bruce Cabot
Music by Robert Farnon
Cinematography Otto Heller
Editing by John Shirley
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) United Kingdom December, 1958
United States March 14, 1959 (New York City, New York)
Running time 103 min.
Country UK
Language English

The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw is a 1958 western comedy, starring Kenneth More and Jayne Mansfield.


The story centres around Jonathon Tibbs, the young son of a family of English gunsmiths. He travels to the American West in the 1880s to sell firearms to the locals. While there he inadvertently acquires a reputation of quickness on the draw due to his wrist mounted Derringer style weapon and from there the post of sheriff. He endeavours to clean up the town using what skills he has and by multilateral diplomacy.


The film was directed by Raoul Walsh and produced by Daniel M. Angel. It features an eclectic cast of British and American character actors, including Henry Hull, Bruce Cabot, Sid James and Robert Morley. Because of Jayne Mansfield's top billing with More, the title for the Italian release was "La Bionda e Lo Sceriffo"; literally, "The Blonde and The Sheriff".

It is notable as a rare example of a British western (albeit a comedy). It was also the first western to be filmed in Spain - the standing set was later used for A Fistful of Dollars.

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