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The Cowboy Star (1936)

Tired of being a cowboy movie star, Yorke quits the movies and buys a ranch so he can be a real cowboy. But just as in his films trouble arrives. This time it's bank robber Sampson and his two cronies.



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Complete credited cast:
Johnny Sampson
Clem Baker (as Ed Piel Sr.)
Jimmy Baker
Ralph McCullough ...
Pretty Boy Hogan
Richard Terry ...
Midget Jack James
Jack Kingswell


Movie cowboy star Spencer Yorke, tired of the Hollywood life, refuses to sign the new contract offered him by producer Jack Kingswell, and he and his pal Buckshot go to Arizona in search of a ranch to buy. The cowtown of Taylorsville is so dull that Sheriff Clem Baker bemoans the lack of criminal activity, and his daughter Mary, a real estate agent, finds the town equally boring. Her kid brother Jimmy, a big fan of Spencer Yorke, tries to persuade his father to let him visit "Ghost Town," nearby and deserted. Upon his arrival, Jimmy recognizes Spencer, but he insists his name is George Weston. Mary discovers his true identity when she sells him a ranch, but she gives him a pledge of secrecy. Three big-city gangsters, Johnny Sampson, Pretty-Boy Hogan and "Midget", fleeing their latest crime, are hiding out in the closed saloon in "Ghost Town." Jimmy, disobeying his father, rides into the town and is taken prisoner by the criminals as they believe he has been sent to spy on them. They ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

20 November 1936 (USA)  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nick Copeland is listed as a cast member by a modern source, but he was not seen in the movie. See more »


Home on the Range
(1904) (uncredited)
Music by Daniel E. Kelley
Hummed by Charles Starrett
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The Cowboy Hunk
12 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cowboy movie star Charles Starrett tires of of Hollywood phoniness and decides to abandon his career and become a real-life cowpoke. He lands in a remote area where basically nobody knows movie stars and eventually proves his worth with the locals. Naturally, there are bad guys to fight and a pretty girl to woo. This 56 minute B western was the first of a whopping 100 plus "B" westerns Charles Starrett would make from 1936 into the 1950's for Columbia. The story is slight (although it seems to have inspired the 1990's film PURE COUNTRY starring country singer George Strait) but it moves fast (naturally) and Charles Starrett is an above-average actor for "B" westerns and is absolutely the most gorgeous hunk of man who ever had a major career in the genre with dashing looks to rival Tyrone Power or Robert Taylor. You will be hard pressed to decide which is the most appealing Charlie

  • the dashing cowboy or the dashing sophisticate in black tie and tails
(which he also dons in this picture). The cowboy won out and Starrett abandoned mainstream films and his career as a hunky leading man for the likes of Billie Dove, Constance Bennett, and Carole Lombard for further adventures on the prairie with Iris Meredith as his perennial leading lady.

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