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The Silver Star (1955)

 |  Western  |  8 April 1955 (USA)
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A frontier marshal doubts his own courage when three gunmen threaten his town.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will 'Bill' Dowdy (as Edgar Buchanon)
Karen Childress
John W. Harmon (as Lon Chaney)
Earle Lyon ...
Sheriff Gregg Leech
Richard Bartlett ...
King Daniels
Henry 'Tiny' Longtree (as Barton McLane)
Morris Ankrum ...
Charlie Childress
Edith Evanson ...
Belle Dowdy
Michael Whalen ...
Steve Rowland ...
Robert Karnes ...
Ward Blythe (as Bob Karnes)
Earl Hansen
Tim Graham ...
Bill Anders ...
Daniels Henchman
Jill Richards ...


A frontier marshal doubts his own courage when three gunmen threaten his town.

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8 April 1955 (USA)  »

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Barmaid: You're looking for the sheriff.
Daniels: Yes ma'am
Barmaid: But you don't know the sheriff.
Daniels: No ma'am.
Barmaid: If you don't know the sheriff, then why are you looking for him?
Daniels: I come to kill him ma'am.
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The Silver Star
Composed and Sung by Jimmy Wakely
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His First Test
18 April 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Silver Star is one of that slew of westerns that came out after High Noon about the job of a sheriff and the responsibilities and risks that go with it. Although done on a C picture budget The Silver Star is not a bad film with a nice ensemble cast brought together by producer/directors Earle Lyon and Richard Bartlett who also star in the film as the hero and one of three gunfighters looking to take him out.

Old sheriff Edgar Buchanan has retired and the town mostly on his say so has chosen young Lyon who has a law enforcement pedigree from his father and grandfather gets the job over Lon Chaney, Jr. who ran against him. Then three killers headed by Bartlett ride into town and plant themselves in Morris Ankrum's and Marie Windsor's saloon and said they're here to kill the sheriff whom they've never met.

Poor Lyon just doesn't feel he's up to a job that killed both his father and grandfather and it takes a lot to prod him into action. But when the action does come it's explosive.

In the tradition of High Noon which had a former movie cowboy and country/western singer Tex Ritter do the immortal ballad associated with the film, The Silver Star has Jimmy Wakely singing the title song which serves the same function as Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling. The song moves the story narrative along quite nicely.

Although this kind of stuff was being seen on the small screen more than the big by this time, The Silver Star is a nice no frills B western like they don't make any more.

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