Stars in My Crown (1950)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Family, Western  |  11 May 1950 (USA)
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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
Charles Kemper ...
Prof. Sam Houston Jones
Connie Gilchrist ...
Sarah Isbell
Lon Backett
Perry Lokey
Arthur Hunnicutt ...
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 <>

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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:

Estrelas da Minha Coroa  »

Box Office


$1,175,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final film of Alan Hale. See more »


John Kenyon: There's no writin' on here. This ain't a will.
Josiah Doziah Gray: Yes, it is, son. It's the will of God.
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Wonderful, inspirational unsung masterpiece
17 June 2015 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Wonderful, inspirational unsung masterpiece

The story of a preacher in a small town in the United States, circa 1870s: his interactions with the townsfolk, ups and downs, trials and tribulations.

On the surface, a western. Even the preacher brandishes six-shooters (initially)! However it is soon obvious that it is more than that. It is a wonderful look at a small town, how its citizens bond together, how some try to take advantage of others, how they have fun and how they deal with adverse events. A study of a much more innocent and idyllic time.

Throw in some great life lessons and other inspirational morals, and you have a fantastic, emotional, heart-warming story.

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