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Flaming Star (1960)

 -  Western  -  20 December 1960 (USA)
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Sam Burton's second wife Neddy is Indian, their son Pacer a half-breed. As struggle starts between the whites and the Kiowas, the Burton family is split between loyalties. Neddy and Sam are... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pacer Burton
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Roslyn Pierce
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Neddy Burton (as Dolores Del Rio)
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Sam 'Pa' Burton
Rodolfo Acosta ...
Buffalo Horn (as Rudolph Acosta)
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Dred Pierce
Ford Rainey ...
Doc Phillips
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Angus Pierce
Anne Benton ...
Dorothy Howard
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Tom Howard
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Will Howard
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Jute
Marian Goldina ...
Ph'sha Knay
Monte Burkhart ...
Ben Ford
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Sam Burton's second wife Neddy is Indian, their son Pacer a half-breed. As struggle starts between the whites and the Kiowas, the Burton family is split between loyalties. Neddy and Sam are killed; Pacer sides with the Indians, his half-brother Clint with the whites. Written by Otto Oberhauser <Oberhauser@cc.univie.ac.at>

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CHOOSE!... Between your white father and your Kiowa mother !

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Western

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Release Date:

20 December 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Heart  »

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| (FMC Library Print)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In May 1958 The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Nunnally Johnson had been slated to write, direct and produce the film. During the same month, Daily Variety wrote that Johnson wanted Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra to play the brothers. Eventually Johnson only worked as a writer on the film. See more »

Quotes

Tom Howard: [as the Burtons and their guests finish dinner] Whole supper was just great, Mrs. Burton. Of course, like Will and me always say, when it comes to cookin', no one would ever guess you was any different from... well, our ma or anybody else.
Neddy Burton: I'm really proud you liked it Tom. Just a little more cake?
Tom Howard: [Tom chuckles] No, ma'am!
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Soundtracks

A Cane And A High Starched Collar
Written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett (as Roy Bennett)
Performed by Elvis Presley
Vocal Accompaniment by The Jordanaires
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Exciting western with a sensational acting by Elvis Presley who barely sings.
31 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

The film tells about Burton family formed by the father (John MacIntire), his second Indian wife (Dolores del Rio) and two sons , one (Steve Forrest) of the first wife and another (Elvis Presley) results to be a half-breed . The latter will have to choose sides when the battles between white men and Kiowas (Rodolfo Acosta) go on the warpath . Burton family splits loyalties , the confrontation will be violent and lethal .

It's an interesting western with an exceptional interpretation by Elvis Presley who only sings two songs at the beginning of the film . He's a mestizo who along with his mother will be excluded for both races . Originally planned as a vehicle for Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift ; however , the picture is considered to be Presley's best western and along with ¨King Creole¨ (directed by Michael Curtiz) and ¨Jailhouse rock¨ (by Richard Thorpe) his greatest movies . Andy Warhol's famous diptych of Elvis Presley as a cowboy came from a shot in this movie . Steve Forrest (Dana Andrews's brother) as his kind brother is very fine . Dolores del Rio as his affectionate mum and Rodolfo Acosta as Kiowa chief , repeat well their usual Indians roles . Barbara Eden as a wonderful youngster who helps protagonists is enjoyable and enticing , though Barbara Steele walked off the picture after an argument with director Don Siegel , she then was replaced by Eden . Besides , in the secondary cast appears Richard Jaeckel (Dirty dozen) , L.Q.Jones (Peckimpah's habitual) and Karl Swenson . Glittering and shimmer cinematography is perfectly reflected on spectacular outdoors and colorful interiors by cameraman Charles Clarke . Lively as well as atmospheric musical score by Cryl Mockridge . The motion picture was professionally directed by Donald Siegel (Dirty Harry) . The flick will appeal to Elvis Presley fans and Western genre enthusiasts.


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