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The Silver Star (1955)

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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Crack of a bullet...and a coward becomes a killer! See more »







Release Date:

8 April 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Sheriff  »

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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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An Off-beat, thought provoking western drama.
16 November 1999 | by (El Rio, CA) – See all my reviews

Although this nifty little western drama is seldom available for viewing, it remains as one of the better western character studies of the 50s. Perhaps the lack of action, and the stark reality of the picture account for the poor reviews it received upon it's release, however, in hindsight, it remains one of the better "High Noon" inspired quickies, and is perhaps in some respects even better than it's insparation. Lyon shows signs of real acting brilliance as the cowardly Sheriff, only willing to fight when he is shamed into it. The great title song by Wakely is unforgettable.

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