Cinema: The New Pictures, Nov. 4, 1957

The Tin Star (Perlberg-Seaton; Paramount) is presented as a very special breed of horse opera—something the publicists call a "people western." What the moviemakers are trying to say is that the stagecoach trade should hang onto its ten-gallon hats because the characters portrayed are actually intended to resemble real human beings. They don't. Oats is oats, and the only distinctive thing about this bin of them is that they happen to be of a right good grade.

Henry Fonda is an aging ex-sheriff, disillusioned with the lawman's life. Tony Perkins is a nice...

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