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Belle Starr (1941)

Approved | | Western | 5 September 1941 (USA)
At the end of the Civil War, Southern beauty Belle Shirley, indignant at the way Yankees treat the Southerners, marries Confederate guerrilla leader Sam Starr and continues to raid Union towns, becoming a symbol of Southern resistance.

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Maj. Thomas Crail
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Ed Shirley (as John Shepperd)
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Sarah
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Blue Duck
Louise Beavers ...
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Jasper Trench
Paul E. Burns ...
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John Cole (as Joseph Sawyer)
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Jim Cole (as Joseph Downing)
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Col. Thornton (as Howard Hickman)
Charles Trowbridge ...
Col. Bright
James Flavin ...
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The setting is the Civil War and its aftermath. Belle's family has lost their land to Yankees. She marries Confederate guerilla leader Sam Starr and they continue activities against exploiters until she is shot riding to alert Sam to a trap. Highly romanticized and little connection with history. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A GREAT NEW SCREEN PERSONALITY!...Miss GENE TIERNEY FLAMES TO STARDOM AS "THE BANDIT QUEEN"! No woman was ever a more tender sweetheart...or a more relentless champion of right! See more »

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Belle Starr The Bandit Queen  »

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1.37 : 1
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Originally, Alice Faye was set to play the title role. See more »

Goofs

When Ed Shirley is shot from his horse, he is shown from a distance, but you can still see that instead of being knocked off his horse, he dismounts by lifting his leg up and over the saddle in front of him and then falling to the ground. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Thomas Grail: I'll hang him from the highest tree... and his friends with him.
Belle Shirley, later Belle Starr: Wouldn't that require a great deal of rope?
Maj. Thomas Grail: Fortunately, we have an ample supply.
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Featured in 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994) See more »

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Fiddle-Dee-Dee is what this Belle rings
3 January 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

If anyone is expecting any true notes out of this film concerning Belle Starr they are in for a sad disappointment. One of the very few things that this film got right was that Belle Starr as befit a lady to the manor born rode side saddle. You wouldn't catch Calamity Jane doing that.

If you saw this film you would think that Belle's career ended a few years after the Civil War was over. In fact Belle's time on earth was 1848 to 1889 and in that period Belle Shirley married several times, the last being a Cherokee Indian named Sam Starr. No hint of that background in Randolph Scott, he plays the part as the real Randolph Scott was, a courtly southern gentleman from Virginia.

I don't know if Gene Tierney was in the Scarlett O'Hara sweepstakes, but in playing Belle Starr she does it in the fiddle-dee-dee tradition that Vivien Leigh did in Gone With The Wind. She's got all the men in the area ready to do and die for her and that includes Dana Andrews the Yankee major who is from Missouri also and has a real case of the hots for her. But Dana does his duty no matter how distasteful it is and Tierney's heart is only for Randolph Scott.

The real Belle was quite a bit more earthy a character and had a few children as well. One of them, a daughter became the madame of a brothel later in life. This film is entertaining with Tierney acting like Scarlett O'Hara and the plot lifted from that other Twentieth Century Fox classic about a Missouri outlaw, Jesse James.

Belle Starr will never make the top ten list of any of the cast members.


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