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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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10 April 1955 (Japan)  »

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Mit stahlharter Faust  »

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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 »

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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 has just given Jeff Jimson a quick-draw and gun-twirling lesson]
Jeff Jimson: Aw, Demps, when do I learn THAT?!
Dempsey Rae: You don't. That's all a lotta hogwash, kid. Look, know this: twirlin' a gun never saved a man's life. There's only one thing you gotta learn. (Pulls his gun and fires) Get it out fast! And then...put it...away...slow. Get what I mean, kid?
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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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A very good western that's under-rated
18 November 1998 | by (Hampton, VA) – See all my reviews

This is probably my favorite Kirk Douglas western. Although it has plenty of action this is not just another action western. Rather it deals with the implacable transition of the west from open range available to all to individually-controlled patches of range that are fenced off with barbed wire. Dempsey Rae (Douglas' character) loves open range and keeps drifting north to avoid the barbed wire which destroys it. Finally, however, he realizes that the small ranchers must fence off the range to protect themselves from the massive herds of a greedy rancher and her ruthless foreman and helps string and protect the wire that he hates so thoroughly. I love this under-rated western.


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