The Tin Star

The Tin Star

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Anthony Mann
Produced by William Perlberg
George Seaton
Written by Joel Kane
Dudley Nichols
Barney Slater
Starring Henry Fonda
Anthony Perkins
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography Loyal Griggs
Edited by Alma Macrorie
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • October 23, 1957 (1957-10-23)
Running time
93 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.4 million (US rentals)[1]

The Tin Star was first a short story then a 1957 American western film directed by Anthony Mann and starring Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins, in one of Perkins' first roles. The film became one of the few low-budget westerns to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Writing, Story or Screenplay. Since its release, the film has become one of the classics of the genre.


Bounty hunter Morgan Hickman (Henry Fonda) arrives in a small town with a dead outlaw in tow. While the town's population openly abhors Hickman, young sheriff Ben Owens (Anthony Perkins) admires the man for taking everything in his stride and knowing how to handle dangerous situations. When Owens learns Hickman was once a sheriff himself, he persuades Hickman to teach him the ways of a lawman, forcing Hickman to face his past and his lost virtues.


See also


  1. "Top Grosses of 1957", Variety, 8 January 1958: 30
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