Support Your Local Sheriff is a 1969 comedy-western film, often though of as a parody of iconic western movies of the same time period. The movie is set in Calendar, Colorado which seems to be a typical old west town. The town is turned upside down when gold is found when a grave during a funeral. Calendar becomes a lawless place that is essentially run by the Danbys, a family of bandits. Jason McCullough (James Garner) is passing through Colorado on his way to Australia and witnesses the moral decay of once idyllic Calendar. He decides to become the new sheriff.
The jail in Calendar lacks bars on the windows and cell door, but McCullough uses his brain power and some psychology to keep criminals behind bars. He acquires a reluctant deputy named Jack (Jack Elam) and becomes romantically involved with the mayor's daughter Prudy (Joan Hackett), while the Danbys become more and more angry about law and order coming to their town. The Danbys plan a huge assault and McCullough considers just leaving Calendar for good.