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The Light of Western Stars (1940)

Approved  |   |  Romance, Western  |  17 April 1940 (USA)
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Cowhand Ladd dances with cantina girl Estrella and has a part in shooting Sheriff Tyler.



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Complete credited cast:
Jo Ann Sayers ...
Morris Ankrum ...
Poco - Stewart's Sidekick
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Ruth Rogers ...
Rad Robinson ...
Esther Estrella ...
Danny - Stillwell Ranch Hand
Georgia Ellis ...
Helen - Majesty's Boston Pal (as Georgia Hawkins)
Earl Askam ...
Sneed - Hawes' Deputy
Lucio Villegas ...
Justice of the Peace Don Manuel


Easterner Madeline Hammond buys a ranch not knowing Hayworth is using it to smuggle ammunition across the border. When trouble starts, she brings back Gene Hammond, the ex-foreman who left the country after fighting with the Sheriff. Gene learns of Hayworth's scheme and forces him to blow up his supply. But the Sheriff, not getting his cut, has Hayworth killed and then arrives to arrest Gene for the murder. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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Flaming Guns... Flashing Hoofs... as knights of the sage-brush roar across the plains!


Romance | Western






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17 April 1940 (USA)  »

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Border Renegade  »

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(Western Electric Wide Range System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film was shooting on location in Newhall, Califonia and word was received on October 24, 1939 that author Zane Grey had died earlier that day, and shooting stopped at 3 o'clock that day in his honor. See more »


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Good old fashion western just getting beyond the old shoot'em up
7 November 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

An entertaining movie just over the hump of the 30's shoot'em up westerns, taking on social values as alcoholism, race prejudice, and the basic frailties of man. Most westerns of this time were usually the White hat vs the Black hat and were rather simple. Victor Jory's character is basicly a good guy but had been a hired gun in Mexico and turned into a common drunk due to his conscience. He is saved by Jo Ann Sayers who won't give up on him and leads him on the path of righteousness. You can see from Victor Jory's performance (looks and mannerism's), although good, why he eventually took on the parts of villains. He made a better villain than a hero by just being himself, he had a natural sinister manner which projected on the screen.

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