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Lone Star (1952)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, History | 8 February 1952 (USA)
Ex-President Andrew Jackson sends Texan Devereaux Burke back home on a mission to facilitate Sam Houston's drive for U.S. statehood.

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Devereaux Burke
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Martha Ronda
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Thomas Craden
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Minniver Bryan
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Anthony Demmet
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Luther Kilgore
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Tom Crockett
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Captain Elliott
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Bud Yoakum
Ric Roman ...
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Rip-roaring big star, big budget semi-historical story about cattle baron Devereaux Burke, who is enlisted by an aging Andrew Jackson to dissuade Sam Houston from establishing Texas as a republic. Burke must fight state senator Thomas Craden, in the process winning the heart of Craden's newspaper-editor girlfriend Martha Ronda. Written by Lew Amack (LAlawMedMBA@aol.com)

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She's like silk...you get sparks when you kiss her! See more »


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8 February 1952 (USA)  »

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Estrela do Destino  »

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$1,600,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Boasts three best actor Oscar winners: Clark Gable, Lionel Barrymore, and Broderick Crawford. See more »

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Throughout the film, they use pistols and rifles that did not exist at the time Texas entered the union. See more »

Quotes

Sam Houston: What brings you beyond the Pecos?
Thomas Craden: [Confronting Houston and Burke] I was chasing a renegade but instead I found two!
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Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

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Moonlight Is Meant for Lovers
Sung by Ava Gardner
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Historical Take of Texas Origins
9 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Starring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, and Broderick Crawford, "Lone Star" is a rousing story of political intrigue based on the historical battle for The Republic of Texas. One side wanted annexation by the United States. The other wished to maintain the republic and set treaties with Mexico and other countries.

The battle for the minds of Texans is an interesting one, involving many factions, including the native Americans of the territory. The year is 1845 and Andrew Jackson, who still wields tremendous influence from Nashville, advocates annexation. Andrew Johnson is against it. Sam Houston--a local hero--is a significant unknown entity who may sway the Texas government and Texas hearts.

Gable plays Dev Burke, a Texas cattleman who agrees to represent Jackson's interests. Broderick Crawford plays Tom Craden, a significant influence around Austin, who has big plans for the republic. Ava Gardner plays Martha Ronda, editor of the Austin newspaper and "the woman" of Craden. Or is she?

This historical drama contains a steamy love story that also involves principles. And like most westerns, the bullets and fists fly. I enjoyed this film, mostly due to its strongly drawn characters.


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