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Stars in My Crown (1950)

In 1865, the small Southern town of Walsburg has become so dangerous, that Parson Josiah Doziah Gray gives his sermons while holding a gun.



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Cast overview:
Dr. Daniel Kalbert Harris, Sr.
Dr. Daniel Kalbert Harris, Jr.
Faith Radmore Samuels
Prof. Sam Houston Jones
Lon Backett
Chloroform Wiggins
Narrator (voice)


Civil War veteran Josiah Grey comes to a small town to be a gospel minister. In time he has a family and many friends, but he also finds friction with a few of his parishioners. A young doctor grates at what he feels is the parson's interference in the scientific treatment of patients, and a mine owner resents Grey's protection of an old sharecropper whose small plot of land stands in the way of his continued mining. Grey must face a public health crisis and a lynch mob as a result, all seen and described through the eyes and memory of Grey's young nephew John. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Take your choice ... either I speak ... or my pistols do !


Drama | Family | Western


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Release Date:

1 September 1950 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Estrellas en mi corona  »


Box Office


$1,175,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,962,000, 31 December 1950

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,146,000, 31 December 1950
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cast includes a young James Arness and Amanda Blake. They appeared together for twenty seasons on the television series Gunsmoke (1955) as Matt Dillon and Kitty Russell. See more »


Jed Isbell: I think we'll get along without any help from the Lord.
Josiah Doziah Gray: Well, folks can get along with out eyes too, but they can't see.
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Nut Brown Maiden
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classic look at the post-war South
8 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

A man recalls memories of his childhood growing up as the adopted son (Dean Stockwell) of a parson (Joel McCrea) and the parson's wife (Ellen Drew) in a southern town in the years after the Civil War. A wholesome family image undermined by latent violence, it's a pretty interesting portrayal of the times from director Jacques Tourneur.The title of the film is also the title of Christian hymn that gets repeated a few times. McCrea fits the part of the parson well, saving the town from sliding into darker impulses, represented by menacing Jack Lambert as Perry Lokey, especially in a scene where he's snapping off a few cracks of his bull whip, and Ed Begley as a greedy landowner out to cheat Juano Hernandez out of his land. It's kind of a family movie, but with Tourneur (Cat People, Out of the Past) at the helm, it's darker than most.

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