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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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2.00 : 1
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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: [refusing blindfold prior to hanging] "The Sun's setting for me. It'd be a shame to miss it."
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Sam Hall
Written by Terry Gilkyson
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A fine line
17 May 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Star In The Dust is certainly an illusion to where Gary Cooper's sheriff's badge wound up at the end of High Noon. But John Agar's star never wound up there as he walks a fine line between homesteaders and cattlemen in this rather grim Universal western.

Hired killer for the cattlemen Richard Boone is scheduled to hang at sundown. But Agar's facing a real problem. The homesteaders just want to lynch him before the appointed hour because the cattlemen are fixing to break him out. Agar would also like to find out who exactly hired Boone to intimidate the homesteaders. He did more than intimidate, he's hanging because he killed three of them.

Head of the cattlemen is Leif Erickson and his sister Mamie Van Doren is supposed to marry Agar. Boone has a girlfriend also in Coleen Gray, a plain Jane sort who never got any attention until Boone. Now she's ready to do anything for her man.

Terry Gilkyson, country singer and songwriter sings The Ballad of Sam Hall which is Boone's character and serves as a kind of Greek chorus to the events.

Though Agar's star never winds up in the dust, the film is a decent enough B western, grim and violent.


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