5.7/10
83
7 user 1 critic

The Light of Western Stars (1940)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 17 April 1940 (USA)
Cowhand Ladd dances with cantina girl Estrella and has a part in shooting Sheriff Tyler.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drift Fence (1936)
Certificate: Passed Action | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Cowboy pretends to be city dude sent to manage uncle's ranch, when he learns the ranch is being menaced by an outlaw who the cowboy badly wants to catch.

Director: Otho Lovering
Stars: Buster Crabbe, Katherine DeMille, Tom Keene
Wagon Wheels (1934)
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

SIn 1844 scout Cint Belmet and his two sidekicks guide a wagon train to the newly opened Oregon territory despite hardships and Indian attack.

Director: Charles Barton
Stars: Randolph Scott, Gail Patrick, Billy Lee
Crime | History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Frank James continues to avoid arrest in order to take revenge on the Ford brothers for their murder of his brother Jesse.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper
War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A former spy moves to Arizona to join a gold robbery, but when he gets there decides that it's not for him and tries to change his life.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Randolph Scott, Claire Trevor, Joan Weldon
The Spoilers (1942)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In Nome, Alaska, miner Roy Glennister and his partner Dextry, financed by saloon entertainer Cherry Malotte, fight to save their gold claim from crooked commissioner Alexander McNamara.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, John Wayne
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Unjustly accused of robbing the train he was riding home, Bill Doolin re-joins his old gang, participates in other robberies and becomes a wanted outlaw.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Audie Murphy, Beverly Tyler, James Best
Showdown (1963)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A cowboy has to get 12,000 dollars in stolen bonds from the ex-girlfriend of his partner, or the gang holding him hostage will kill him.

Director: R.G. Springsteen
Stars: Audie Murphy, Kathleen Crowley, Charles Drake
Horizons West (1952)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two brothers end up on opposite sides of the law in post-Civil War Texas.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Robert Ryan, Julie Adams, Rock Hudson
Dark City (1950)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Gamblers who "took" an out-of-town sucker in a crooked poker game feel shadowy vengeance closing in on them.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott, Viveca Lindfors
Black Bart (1948)
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

California stage robber Black Bart meets European dancer Lola Montez.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea, Jeffrey Lynn
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two down-on-their-luck former outlaws volunteer to be Texas Rangers and find themselves assigned to bring in an old friend, now a notorious outlaw.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Jack Oakie, Jean Parker
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Knowing the railroad is coming, Carter is after the rancher's land. Bob and Chito return just in time to save Banker Stockton and his money from Carter's men. When Stockton then lends the ... See full summary »

Director: William Berke
Stars: James Warren, Debra Alden, John Laurenz
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Gene Stewart
...
Madeline Majesty Hammond
...
Al Hammond
...
Nat Hayworth
...
...
Bill Stillwell
...
Flo Kingsley
...
Sheriff Tom Hawes
Rad Robinson ...
Monty
...
Nels
...
Bonita
...
Danny
...
Helen (as Georgia Hawkins)
Earl Askam ...
Deputy Sneed
Lucio Villegas ...
Marco
Edit

Storyline

Easterner Madeline Hammond buys a ranch not knowing Hayworth is using it to smuggle ammunition across the border. When trouble starts, she brings back Gene Hammond, the ex-foreman who left the country after fighting with the Sheriff. Gene learns of Hayworth's scheme and forces him to blow up his supply. But the Sheriff, not getting his cut, has Hayworth killed and then arrives to arrest Gene for the murder. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

craps | beer | sheriff | ranch | ammunition | See All (52) »

Taglines:

Flaming Guns... Flashing Hoofs... as knights of the sage-brush roar across the plains!

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 April 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Border Renegade  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although this film retained its original title when it was re-released theatrically by Favorite Films in 1950, when it was sold to television, its title was changed to "Border Renegade", most likely to protect theatrical re-release showings which were still in progress in some territories. In Louisville it was first telecast Saturday 8 August 1953 on WHAS (Channel 11), in Detroit Friday 13 November 1953 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in New York City Sunday 9 May 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in Los Angeles Sunday 21 November 1954 on KRCA (Channel 4). In San Francisco, it first hit the airwaves Monday 26 September 1955 on KPIX (Channel 5). See more »

Quotes

Poco: You, Posse, you turn around and ride straight out. No look back. Not you, Senor Hawse! Not you, Senor Sneed! You no move. You get down from your horses. So, you would turn El Capitan Stewart over to be killed, huh? No, I don't think you live long enough to do that. You're the kind of Americanos who kick us and beat us and call us Greasers. Even a poor little girl like Bonita. You make my people think all Gringos bad, like you. Not kind and good like Senor Gene. But I've leaned now; I've learned...
See more »

Connections

Remake of The Light of Western Stars (1930) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Singularly devoted
11 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

Victor Jory who was so much better as a villain is the hero of this Paramount adaption of Zane Grey's classic western novel The Light Of Western Stars. Jory plays the hell raising foreman of a ranch who makes a bet with crooked sheriff Tom Tyler that he'll marry the next woman who arrives in town.

Which happens to be Ruth Rogers brother of Russell Hayden and they're the new owners of the ranch he's foreman of. Hayden is already there learning the ranch business from J. Farrell MacDonald.

Tyler provides protection for the gun running and smuggling activities of Morris Ankrum who sets up on the Hayden/Rogers spread. It all ends in a nasty shootout with Ankrum's bunch and still another showdown with Tyler.

Noah Beery, Jr. plays the Mexican sidekick of Jory in a role that I can only describe as gay. He's so singularly devoted to Jory you have to believe it's beyond friendship. Alan Ladd is seen briefly as one of the ranch hands and I doubt he could have imagined within two years he'd be ruling the roost over at Paramount.

Zane Grey fans should be pleased with this film. For others it's a rather routine shoot 'em up western with a rather unique angle on male bonding for a western. The most unique until Brokeback Mountain.


3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page