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Belle Starr (1941)

Approved | | Western | 12 September 1941 (USA)
At the end of the Civil War, an embittered Southern belle joins forces with a Confederate guerrilla leader to raid Union towns.

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writers:

Lamar Trotti (screenplay), Niven Busch (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Sam Starr
Gene Tierney ... Belle Shirley / Belle Starr
Dana Andrews ... Major Thomas Crail
Shepperd Strudwick ... Ed Shirley (as John Shepperd)
Elizabeth Patterson ... Sarah
Chill Wills ... Blue Duck
Louise Beavers ... Mammy Lou
Olin Howland ... Jasper Trench
Paul E. Burns ... Sergeant (as Paul Burns)
Joe Sawyer ... John Cole (as Joseph Sawyer)
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Jim Cole (as Joseph Downing)
Howard Hickman ... Colonel Thornton
Charles Trowbridge ... Colonel Bright
James Flavin ... Sergeant
Charles Middleton ... Carpetbagger
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Storyline

The setting is the Civil War and its aftermath. Belle's family has lost their land to Yankees. She marries Confederate guerilla leader Sam Starr and they continue activities against exploiters until she is shot riding to alert Sam to a trap. Highly romanticized and little connection with history. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The exciting loves and battles of America's first "Two-Gun" Woman! See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Belle Starr 'The Bandit Queen' See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alfred Newman's title music was originally composed for, and used in, John Ford's film Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), made two years earlier. See more »

Goofs

Sam Steele was not only never in the Confederate army, he was a Native American. In fact, the version presented in "Stories of the Century" was a lot closer to the mark than was Randolph Scott's version. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Thomas Grail: I'll hang him from the highest tree... and his friends with him.
Belle Shirley, later Belle Starr: Wouldn't that require a great deal of rope?
Maj. Thomas Grail: Fortunately, we have an ample supply.
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Gene Tierney in her first big screen role...
25 March 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

BELLE STAR should have a disclaimer at the start. Any resemblance between the people portrayed here and the real life characters is strictly coincidental. Furthermore, someone should have told LOUISE BEAVERS that she is no substitute for HATTIE McDANIEL.

The film reeks with what it portrays as Southern charm, including the heavily accented Miss Tierney who struggles with what was supposed to be a star-making role. Fortunately, she's surrounded by a couple of pros: RANDOLPH SCOTT as her husband Sam Starr and DANA ANDREWS as a Yankee who finds himself enamored of her while chasing the outlaw woman in a series of melodramatic skirmishes that seem like throwaways from GONE WITH THE WIND.

Gene Tierney never did receive good reviews for her early films and BELLE STAR is no exception. Furthermore, the Technicolor needs restoration if this ever goes to DVD.

Summing up: A slow paced account of Belle Star's criminal career with a miscast and sophisticated Gene Tierney playing the outlaw in a below par performance that never strikes the necessary spark.


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