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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.


Jacques Tourneur


Joe David Brown (novel), Joe David Brown (adaptation) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview:
Joel McCrea ... Josiah Doziah Gray
Ellen Drew ... Harriet Gray
Dean Stockwell ... John Kenyon
Alan Hale ... Jed Isbell
Lewis Stone ... Dr. Daniel Kalbert Harris, Sr.
James Mitchell ... Dr. Daniel Kalbert Harris, Jr.
Amanda Blake ... Faith Radmore Samuels
Juano Hernandez ... Uncle Famous Prill
Charles Kemper ... Prof. Sam Houston Jones
Connie Gilchrist ... Sarah Isbell
Ed Begley ... Lon Backett
Jack Lambert ... Perry Lokey
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Chloroform Wiggins
Marshall Thompson ... 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) See more »

Also Known As:

Estrellas en mi corona See more »


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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Charles Kemper (Prof. Sam Houston Jones) died in a vehicle accident one day after the film's release. See more »


Josiah Doziah Gray: When you coming to church Jed?
Jed Isbell: Just as soon as you get God to plow that bottom land for me!
Sarah Isbell: Shame!
Josiah Doziah Gray: I'll see what I can do.
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Will There Be Any Stars?
Lyrics by Eliza E. Hewitt and music by John R. Sweney
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Joel McCrea's favorite
17 October 2008 | by JohnBealeSee all my reviews

According to TCM this was Joel McCrea's favorite film. Of all the wonderful westerns that Mr McCrea appeared in this says a lot. I found this movie almost hypnotic. A picture of a time in America's past that has gone by the way side. Parson Gray,Played by Mr McCrea is what I would personally want a minister of the gospel to be like. Strong and courageous and committed to his calling. Juano Hernandez plays Uncle Famous Prill and was deserving of an Oscar for his courage in facing the racism of the day by the night riders or KKK of the day. This movie took the courage to show that not all white people hated black people in this day and age. Something I personally know to be true and factual.This was Alan Hale Sr's last movie. He died before this movie was released.John Kenyon,played by Dean Stockwell was an orphan living with Parson Gray and his wife,played by Ellen Drew. Stockwell gave such a performance that if Children didn't really behave that way in those days, they should have. Stars in My Crown is one of those lost treasures that has long since been forgotten. Any movie with a character named Cloroform has got to be special. Throw in Ed Begley as the man who try's to have a "Finger in every pie" and James Mitchell as young Doc Harris who comes home fresh out of medical school and runs straight into Slow(Typhoid)fever and at the same time falls in love with Lovely Faith Samuels played by Amanda Blake(of Gunsmoke fame).Theirs even a traveling medicine show featuring Professor Jones and his two companions who sing and play like a cross-eyed meadowlark. Wonderful movie that makes you feel better after viewing it which explains why I can easily watch it over and over.

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