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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
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Ed Shirley (as John Shepperd)
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Sarah
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Mammy Lou
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Jasper Trench
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Sergeant (as Paul 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)
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Col. Bright
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Storyline

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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She Was a Wonderful Sweetheart...But a Terrible Enemy! See more »

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5 September 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Belle Starr The Bandit Queen  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alfred Newman's title music was originally composed for, and used in, John Ford's film Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), made two years earlier. See more »

Goofs

When Ed Shirley (Shepperd Strudwick) is ambushed and shot by Jim Cole (Joe Downing), instead of just falling off his horse, the actor swings his outside leg over the horse's saddle to ease the impact of falling to the ground. See more »

Quotes

Jasper Tench: Stealin' what's yours ain't stealin'.
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Version of Montana Belle (1952) See more »

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Spunky Civil War Oater
20 April 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Tierney does fine opposite an uninspired Randolph Scott as the fiery Belle Starr. Her scenes with Andrews have far more electricity and pick the film's pacing up midway through. A veteran supporting cast gives their all for the cause, or is that causes? The movie, of course, takes generous liberties with actual history, but that's part of the fun in this one.


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