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Star in the Dust (1956)

A sheriff planning on legally hanging a killer, has to contend with farmers who want to lynch him, and cattlemen who want to help him escape.

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(as Charles Haas)

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(screenplay), (novel)
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Sheriff Bill Jorden
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Ellen Ballard
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Sam Hall
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Nellie Mason
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George Ballard
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Orval Jones
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Nan Hogan
Terry Gilkyson ...
The Music Man
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Mike MacNamara
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Lew Hogan
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Jess Ryman
Robert Osterloh ...
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The sheriff of Gunlock is planning to hang Sam Hall, who shot three farmers found on cattle land, at sundown. At the casino, betting is 8 to 3 he won't make it. The cattlemen are set to rescue Sam; the farmers hope to lynch him before he can be rescued; and Hall schemes for escape with his girl Nellie. But Sheriff Jorden is most concerned with finding out who hired Hall: a leading suspect is the sheriff's future brother-in-law. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE STORY OF THE MOST DESPERATE GAMBLE THE WEST HAS EVER KNOWN! (original print ad - all caps)

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16 July 1956 (USA)  »

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Clint Eastwood's first Western. See more »

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A couple of townsmen hurry sheriff Jorden to make a decision, because "It's almost two o'clock"(pm). But later, while sheriff is firing back at ranchers from his office, there is a clock on the wall and the time it shows is around 10:30, though it's still daylight. See more »

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Sam Hall: You annoy me, sheriff. When I leave your hotel I'm gonna squash you like I'd squash a bug.
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Aside from an amazingly crazy stunt near the end, not much to make this western stand out among the crowd.
1 May 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Up until the 1960s, westerns were a HUGE genre for Hollywood-- particularly the 1930s-50s. Thousands of westerns were made...so many that no one could possibly see them all. However, if you've seen a bunch there are certainly some common themes...and the theme in "Star in the Dust" has been seen before...quite a few times. However, there is nothing to set this one apart from the rest...and I would recommend you first see "Rio Bravo"...with a similar theme but simply a better film.

Sheriff Jorden is set to hang Sam Hall (Richard Boone) but has a problem....one group of folks wanna string him up and not bother waiting until the court appointed time...and another group wants to rescue him. Jorden (John Agar) and his two deputies (James Gleason and Paul Fix) are deputies on hand to try to carry out his orders.

Aside from an insanely vivid and crazy stunt at the end (I still can't believe they did this!) and an appearance by Mamie Van Doren, I can't see much to set this apart from a bazillion other westerns. More a time-passer than anything else.


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