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Man Without a Star (1955)

Approved | | Western | 1955 (UK)
A drifter working as foreman for an iron-fist female rancher must chose sides between his attractive employer and the other neighboring settlers who are mistreated by her.

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Cookie (as Wm. "Bill" Phillips)
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Dempsey Rae, a cowboy with no clear aim in life, winds up working on a spread with a hard lady owner just arrived from the East. She needs a tough new top hand and uses all her means of persuasion to get Rae to take the job. But he doesn't like the way the other settlers are getting treated and starts to side with them, despite their introduction of the barbed wire he loathes. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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His home was his saddle...and his only friend...a six-gun! See more »

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Hombre sin rumbo  »

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Trivia

One of the first films that Kirk Douglas made through his production company. The film went on to become a box office hit. See more »

Goofs

In the fight scene near the end of movie, Kirk D's hat is on, then off, then on again in a continuing sequence. See more »

Quotes

Dempsey Rae: A maverick...a calf with no mother. No brand neither.
Jeff Jimson: Why not?
Dempsey Rae: Oh, on account he was missing at roundup time. He outgrew his mother and wandered off. Sort of like you.
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Remade as The Virginian: Duel at Shiloh (1963) See more »

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And the Moon Grew Brighter and Brighter
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Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy
Music by Lou Singer
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9 December 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Man Without a Star is not ranked as one of Kirk Douglas's great films, but it's a personal favorite of mine and a tour de force for this player.

I don't think any actor in screen history could ever go from zero to 120 in intensity as Kirk Douglas. His character Dempsey Rae in this film is a free footloose cowpoke with charm to spare. When provoked he changes like lightning and he's a man not to be trifled with. Kirk Douglas could do this better than any other actor.

Douglas gets good support here from western regulars like Jay C. Flippen, Eddy Waller, Roy Barcroft. Claire Trevor, although she's played more heart of gold floozies than anyone else in cinema history is never bad. Jeanne Crain as the boss bad gal did well being cast against type.

William Campbell was famous for two things, a role in the original Star Trek series as a Klingon Captain named Koloff and the fact he was married once to Judith Exner who also was linked to President Kennedy and Sam Giancana. He's pretty good in this however as Douglas's sidekick/protégé who turns on him for a while. And Richard Boone never gave a bad performance in his life and doesn't do so here as the foreman Jeanne Crain hires to run roughshod over the smaller ranchers.

Western fans and Kirk Douglas fans will love this.


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