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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

Complete credited 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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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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10 April 1955 (Japan)  »

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Mit stahlharter Faust  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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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

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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Connections

Remade as A Man Called Gannon (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

And the Moon Grew Brighter and Brighter
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy
Music by Lou Singer
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A mighty satisfactory entertaining Western...
17 September 2000 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

Kirk Douglas is perfectly cast as Dempsey Rae, the happy wanderer cowboy, expert in guns and horses... Rae rides the open range of the Old West with an eye for the ladies and a fancy way with six-shooters...

The theme of the film is the gradual disappearance of freedom as the Wild West settles down to business and puts up barbed wire to mark the lines of investment... Dempsey Rae is a happy wanderer, content to move further and further west to escape the fences... He meets up with a naive farm-boy "Texas" (William Campbell) who yearns to be a man of action and almost as inept... In Dempsey "Texas" finds the right tutor...

The two team up and get themselves a job working for a beautiful ranch owner, Reed Bowman (Jeanne Crain), who turns out to be as unscrupulous as she is attractive... Reed is a 'cattle queen' who rides down the fences of her neighbors carrying the action to its absolute limit in order to prosper and make money...

Dempsey is happy to work for the lady for $30 a month and even happier to make love to her but he draws the line at laying his life for her in range wars... He quits the crooked beauty and drifts into the nearby town, to renew his acquaintance with Idonee (Claire Trevor), a madam with the proverbial heart of gold...

The likable Dempsey is rocked out of his contentment by his successor at the Bowment Ranch, a brute named Steve Miles (Richard Boone) who feels he has to defeat every man in sight, especially when motivated by his glamorous boss...

"Man Without a Star" is a mighty satisfactory entertaining Western, once its premise is established... William Campbell helps Douglas make it so... The two performances are sympathetic, with Campbell looking to Douglas for leadership...

Douglas comes out as a likable star when he announces his presence by throwing his 'good looking' saddle on a window; he is graceful when he combs his hair with water from a goldfish bowl; and he is charming when he plays the banjo and sings a gaily ballad called: "And the Moon Grew Brighter and Brighter."

Jack Elam is cast as the leering, treacherous gunslinger trying to knife Douglas...

Director King Vidor had long established his ability with action sequences and pictorial scope in films like "Northwest Passage," and "Duel in the Sun," and "Man Without a Star" has a full measure of Vidor directed bar room fights, stampedes and chases...

With a lot of color, humor and action Vidor's motion picture is a traditional cattle range movie distinguished by its sheer energy and forceful visual style... The film traces some sex interest between Douglas and Crain, centering on a bathtub 'inside' the house...


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