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Release Date:
1 September 1950 (Australia) See more »
Take your choice ... either I speak ... or my pistols do !
In 1865, the small Southern town of Walsburg has become so dangerous that Parson Josiah Doziah Gray gives his sermons while holding a gun. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Joel McCrea ... Josiah Doziah Gray

Ellen Drew ... Harriet Gray

Dean Stockwell ... John Kenyon

Alan Hale ... Jed Isbell

Lewis Stone ... Dr. Daniel Kalbert Harris, Sr.

James Mitchell ... Dr. Daniel Kalbert Harris, Jr.

Amanda Blake ... Faith Radmore Samuels

Juano Hernandez ... Uncle Famous Prill

Charles Kemper ... Prof. Sam Houston Jones

Connie Gilchrist ... Sarah Isbell

Ed Begley ... Lon Backett

Jack Lambert ... Perry Lokey

Arthur Hunnicutt ... Chloroform Wiggins

Marshall Thompson ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Arness ... Rolfe Isbell (uncredited)
Jessie Arnold ... Annie (voice) (uncredited)
Polly Bailey ... Mrs. Belsher (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Matilda Caldwell ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Robert Cherry ... Townsman (uncredited)
Bill Clauson ... Cade Isbell (uncredited)

Chuck Courtney ... Jed Isbell (uncredited)
Fred Datig Jr. ... Townsman (uncredited)

Adeline De Walt Reynolds ... Granny Gailbraith (uncredited)
Helen Eby-Rock ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Edmund Glover ... Clyde Chapman (uncredited)
Jessica Grayson ... Bessie - Maid (uncredited)
Eula Guy ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Ralph Hodges ... Tom Isbell (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Townsman (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Ned (uncredited)
Al Kunde ... Townsman (uncredited)
Baron James Lichter ... Townsman (uncredited)

Mathew McCue ... Townsman (uncredited)

Philo McCullough ... Townsman (uncredited)
Patricia Miller ... Mrs. Chapman (uncredited)

Frank Mills ... Drunk in Saloon (uncredited)

Howard M. Mitchell ... Townsman (uncredited)

Rhea Mitchell ... Mrs. Backett (uncredited)
Jimmy Moss ... Bobby Sam Carroll (uncredited)
Patsy O'Byrne ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Norman Ollestad ... Chase Isbell (uncredited)
Frank Pharr ... Townsman (uncredited)

James Pierce ... Townsman (uncredited)
Carl Pitti ... Townsman (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Bartender (uncredited)
Alice Richey ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Buddy Roosevelt ... Townsman (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Townsman (uncredited)
Tex Terry ... Townsman (uncredited)

Jack Tornek ... Barfly (uncredited)
Connie Van ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Ben Watson ... Gene Caldwell (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Thad Carroll (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Tourneur 
Writing credits
Joe David Brown (novel)

Joe David Brown (adaptation)

Margaret Fitts (screenplay)

Produced by
William H. Wright .... producer
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch 
Cinematography by
Charles Edgar Schoenbaum  (as Charles Schoenbaum)
Film Editing by
Gene Ruggiero 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Eddie Imazu 
Set Decoration by
Alfred E. Spencer 
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
Production Management
Sergei Petschnikoff .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dolph Zimmer .... assistant director (as Dolf Zimmer)
Sound Department
Standish J. Lambert .... sound
Douglas Shearer .... sound
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Franzen .... grip
Durward Graybill .... still photographer
John Schmitz .... camera operator
Harry Stradling Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Tucker .... vocal arranger
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Adolph Deutsch .... musical director (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Florence Swan .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

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89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (original rating) | USA:G (re-rating) (1971)

Did You Know?

The film's title is based on the hymn "Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown?" (originally titled "Will There Be Any Stars"); music by John R. Sweney, lyrics by Eliza E. Hewitt, circa 1897.See more »
Josiah Doziah Gray:When you coming to church Jed?
Jed Isbell:Just as soon as you get God to plow that bottom land for me!
Sarah Isbell:Shame!
Josiah Doziah Gray:I'll see what I can do.
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