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Stars in My Crown (1950)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Western | 11 May 1950 (USA)
In 1865, the small Southern town of Walsburg has become so dangerous that Parson Josiah Doziah Gray gives his sermons while holding a gun.



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Cast overview:
Josiah Doziah Gray
Harriet Gray
Jed Isbell
Dr. Daniel Kalbert Harris, Sr.
Dr. Daniel Kalbert Harris, Jr.
Faith Radmore Samuels
Juano Hernandez ...
Uncle Famous Prill
Prof. Sam Houston Jones
Connie Gilchrist ...
Sarah Isbell
Lon Backett
Perry Lokey
Chloroform Wiggins
Narrator (voice)


Civil War veteran Josiah Grey comes to a small town to be a gospel minister. In time he has a family and many friends, but he also finds friction with a few of his parishioners. A young doctor grates at what he feels is the parson's interference in the scientific treatment of patients, and a mine owner resents Grey's protection of an old sharecropper whose small plot of land stands in the way of his continued mining. Grey must face a public health crisis and a lynch mob as a result, all seen and described through the eyes and memory of Grey's young nephew John. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Take your choice ... either I speak ... or my pistols do !


Drama | Family | Western


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Release Date:

11 May 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Estrellas en mi corona  »

Box Office


$1,175,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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William Wright was considered to direct the film. See more »


Jed Isbell: I think we'll get along without any help from the lord.
Josiah Doziah Gray: Well, folks can get along with out eyes too, but they can't see.
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Another star in Tourneur -Jacques-'s crown.....
26 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

I must admit that this movie took its time to grab me.It's a movie which grows on you.Some called it "western" but western fans won't get anything of it.It's rather a chronicle,sweet memories of a grown up who remembers his dear past with a marvelous preacher man and a loving auntie.

There is no plot but subplots for it is primarily the depiction of a city in the south.Around the minister,we find the "new generation" doctor who has his doubts and who doesn't believe that healing the soul is that much important;he comes into conflict with Gray .There's also a KKK side and their "methods" to do good old Uncle Famous Pril away from his valuable property.The scene which finally won me over was the reading of Pril's "last wills" .When you discover the truth,you won't believe your eyes!This scene alone raises the movie to greatness by recurrence.And what a tuneful canticle!

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