The Flintstones

Season 5 Episode 21

Sheriff for a Day

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Feb 05, 1965 on ABC

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  • An affectionate spoof of TV and movie-Western cliches.

    First of all, this is a direct send-up of "High Noon" (the unsurpassable Gary Cooper version). Right down to the surprisingly catchy "show-down" music!

    Then, there's Mel Blanc's falsetto deputy voice. It's the same one he used as Droop Along, the coyote-like deputy of Sheriff Riccochet Rabbit, on the old "Magilla Gorilla Show." And, in both cases, it was a parody/exaggeration of Dennis Weaver's voice, from way back when _he_ played Deputy Marshal Chester on "Gunsmoke!"

    I also loved the clever dialogue. For example; as Fred goes off, to face the consequences of his bragging, Barney (looking at the home-viewing audience) remarks that such bravery is "the stuff legends are made of."

    To which, Betty and Wilma reply (in tearful unison): "And, widows, too!"

    Of course, shortly afterward, comes the nick-of-time arrival of the Cartrocks (Stone Age versions of the "Bonanza" Bunch).

    Yessiree, Bob! This episode is a series classic, in every sense of the word.
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