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Strickland's deputy
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"Get him out of that shit."
—The deputy, referring to Buford Tannen in a wheelbarrow of manure.

Strickland's deputy worked for Marshal James Strickland in 1885.


On September 5, 1885, the deputy was seen along with Marshal Strickland at the Hill Valley Festival, warning guests to check their firearms. When Buford Tannen and his gang turned in their iron, the deputy pointed out that Tannen had forgotten his knife. Tannen furiously handed in the knife, by throwing it so the blade embedded itself in the checkpoint table. The deputy told Tannen and his gang to enjoy the festivites and the gang rode off.

On Monday, September 7, Marshal Strickland was unavailable for reasons unknown, and so it was his deputy who arrested Buford Tannen for robbing the Pine City Stage.

Behind the scenes

  • The reason for Marshal Strickland's absence, and for his deputy being the one to arrest Tannen, was due to a deleted scene where Strickland was shot dead by Tannen. However this scene appears only in the novelization, and when Tannen is arrested, it is for the murder of Strickland. The Marshal is said to have been shot and killed by Tannen in Back to the Future: The Game. However, whether or not he was killed, is still under debate since Back to the Future: The Game is not considered as canon.
  • As the deputy reads the charge "robbing the Pine City Stage", the camera cuts to a shot of Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown to cover the fact that this line has been dubbed over the original dialogue, "the murder of Marshal James Strickland".
  • In the novelization, Marshal Strickland has three deputies (page 178), but in the movie there is only one.