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Man Without a Star (1955)

 -  Western  -  10 April 1955 (Japan)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Dempsey Rae
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Reed Bowman
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Idonee
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Jeff Jimson
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Steve Miles
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Strap Davis
Myrna Hansen ...
Tess Cassidy
Mara Corday ...
Moccasin Mary
Eddy Waller ...
Tom Cassidy (as Eddy C. Waller)
Sheb Wooley ...
Latigo
George Wallace ...
Tom Carter
Frank Chase ...
Little Waco
Paul Birch ...
Mark Toliver
Roy Barcroft ...
Sheriff Olson
William 'Bill' Phillips ...
Cookie (as Wm. "Bill" Phillips)
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Storyline

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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a love-bargain is like barbed-wire...fight it and you'll get hurt! See more »

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Western

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10 April 1955 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Mit stahlharter Faust  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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2.00 : 1
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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

When Dempsey Rae and Jeff Jimson are rousted off the train near the beginning of the movie, they are standing in front of a boxcar that has a registration mark painted on the side indicating it was built in December 1923. However, the movie is set in the old West of the late 19th century. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Jimson: [after prodding by Dempsey in front of the lady owner, Jeff has shown he can't shoot] You didn't have to make a fool out of me in front of her.
Dempsey Rae: I didn't make a fool out of you, kid. You have to do that yourself.
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Man Without A Star
Music by Arnold Schwarzwald (as Arnold Hughes)
Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Vocal by Frankie Laine
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He wanted to be free, so he had no star.
28 November 2005 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 'Man Without a Star' Kirk Douglas as Dempsey Rae, gives a great performance; an outgoing cowboy, unstable and with fits of euphoria. This film is able to capture the beauty of the west, of the big herds of cattle, and the daily life of the cowboys. Dempsey is running away from barbed wire, which to him means the end of freedom. He calls himself a man without a star because he is obsessed about his freedom of choice, whereas following a star will bind him to a predetermined life. His affair with Jeanne Crain, with plenty of sexual innuendo, but far from being explicit, is one of the great things about this film. William Campbell has a very important part as an easterner who wants to become a cowboy and Douglas is there to teach him.


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