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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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 anti-High Noon version of a lawman in the old west
6 October 1998 | by (Tecumseh ok) – See all my reviews

While Gary Cooper "did what a man's gotta do" in the classic High Noon, Earle Lyon (as Sheriff Greg Leach) isn't so sure he has the right stuff for the job. When three gunmen arrive in town and tell him to leave, he is forced to search for the moral courage that is the code of the west. Leach will only do the right thing when he is shamed into it by his girl and her father. This movie was scripted by Ian Mcdonald, who played the heavy, Frank Miller, in High Noon. Features a great title song by Jimmy Wakeley. A low budget classic.

UPDATE-2006 When I wrote the earlier review on this movie, I had not seen it in several decades. Now thanks to VCI Entertainment and Kit Parker it is available on a tandem DVD with Lyon and Bartlett's LONESOME TRAIL. So how did SILVER STAR hold up? Amazingly well. As a much younger person I didn't pay attention to things like production values and such, and make no mistake about it, this IS low budget fare. But what sells this little jewel is the screenplay. When SILVER STAR was filmed-1955-we had Cheyenne, Paladin, and Matt Dillion, all doing "what a man's gotta do." Fearless heroes. Here we have Earle Lyon, a newly elected sheriff, running at the first glimpse of trouble. His mentor, an old man attempts to shame him into action, and his sweetheart pleads with him to act like a man. This was pretty heavy stuff for the mid 50s! Jimmy wakely's title song holds up extremely well also, sounding much more like a folk song than a movie theme. If there is a drawback to the picture it is the conclusion...a little of the action seems muddled and the ending is somewhat inconclusive. And I still walk away from this one thinking that if the sheriff is ever faced with a similar situation, we'll have to go through all these motions again! A GREAT low budget B movie.

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