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Lone Star (1952)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, History | 8 February 1952 (USA)
Ex-President Andrew Jackson sends Texan Devereaux Burke back home on a mission to facilitate Sam Houston's drive for U.S. statehood.

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

Borden Chase, Howard Estabrook (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Gable ... Devereaux Burke
Ava Gardner ... Martha Ronda
Broderick Crawford ... Thomas Craden
Lionel Barrymore ... Andrew Jackson
Beulah Bondi ... Minniver Bryan
Ed Begley ... Anthony Demmet
James Burke ... Luther Kilgore
William Farnum ... Tom Crockett
Lowell Gilmore ... Capt. Elliott
Moroni Olsen ... Sam Houston
Russell Simpson ... Maynard Cole
William Conrad ... Mizette
Lucius Cook Lucius Cook ... Seth Moulton
Ralph Reed Ralph Reed ... Bud Yoakum
Ric Roman ... Gurau
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Storyline

Rip-roaring big star, big budget semi-historical story about cattle baron Devereaux Burke, who is enlisted by an aging Andrew Jackson to dissuade Sam Houston from establishing Texas as a republic. Burke must fight state senator Thomas Craden, in the process winning the heart of Craden's newspaper-editor girlfriend Martha Ronda. Written by Lew Amack (LAlawMedMBA@aol.com)

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She's like silk...you get sparks when you kiss her! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Estrela do Destino See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,478,000, 31 December 1952

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,922,000, 31 December 1952
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Boasts three Best Actor Oscar winners: Clark Gable, Lionel Barrymore and Broderick Crawford. See more »

Goofs

The map showing what the new Republic of Texas will look like shows West Virginia and Virginia separated. This did not happen until the beginning of the Civil War when a number of western counties ceded from Virginia to create West Virginia. This separation and the actual counties that ceded not have been predicted before it happened. See more »

Quotes

Andrew Jackson: I'm frightened. For the first time in my life, I am frightened for the future of the United States.
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Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

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Moonlight Is Meant for Lovers
Sung by Ava Gardner
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Poorly conceived...
1 June 2003 | by westerner357See all my reviews

I afraid even with the starpower involved in this one since there's not much they can do with a poor script.

Convoluted plot about the annexation of Texas into the union, it involves the opposing forces of Gable and Broderick Crawford in a fight to see whether Texas will become a state, or an independent republic.

Although there's plenty of action, too much of the film gets bogged down in the romance between Gable and Gardner. I guess MGM needed another vehicle for the two of them after THE HUCKSTERS (1947) or MOGAMBO (1953)

And the battle scene and what happens to Crawford at the end is unreal. It turns into a 'Let's all unite for Texas' kinda of a thing that looks implausible, especially after what's been going on for the previous 94 minutes.

If they had a better script it might have turned out to be something more entertaining. 4 out of 10


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