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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 ...
Rigdon
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Ben Smith
John Daheim ...
Jiggs Larribee (as John Day)
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Leo Roos
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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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13 June 1956 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Clint Eastwood's first Western. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Sam Hall
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Tacky, uneventful western
17 March 2001 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

For a Western movie this was very boring and had very little going on. There is no real plot and only a couple of muddled and drama-free sub-plots.

The movie is about some hit-man in a cell who is awaiting hanging for the killing of some cattleboys. The sheriff wants a peaceful hanging (!) without having to prove that he's as good a Sheriff as his father was. And a couple of other minor characters serve no purpose other than to complicate matters for petty reasons.

There are a few silly fight scenes that remind of the A-Team with the wooden furniture falling apart very easily. And, as always, there are embarrassingly fake fights in which there is no penetration seen or any

shown. Were there any R-rated movies in the 50's? But the most annoying thing about this movie is the songs but the 'singing narrator' who only ever uses the same tune but uses marginally different words each time. Ugh! If this is on TV on a Sunday afternoon…miss it. Go out for a walk, even if it's raining.


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