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Man Without a Star (1955)

Approved | | Western | 13 April 1955 (Belarus)
A drifter working as foreman for an iron-fist female rancher must chose sides between his attractive employer and the other neighboring settlers who are mistreated by her.

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

Borden Chase (screenplay), D.D. Beauchamp (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kirk Douglas ... Dempsey Rae
Jeanne Crain ... Reed Bowman
Claire Trevor ... Idonee
William Campbell ... Jeff Jimson
Richard Boone ... Steve Miles
Jay C. Flippen ... Strap Davis
Myrna Hansen Myrna Hansen ... Tess Cassidy
Mara Corday ... Moccasin Mary
Eddy Waller ... Tom Cassidy (as Eddy C. Waller)
Sheb Wooley ... Latigo
George Wallace ... Tom Carter
Frank Chase Frank Chase ... Little Waco
Paul Birch ... Mark Toliver
Roy Barcroft ... Sheriff Olson
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Cookie (as Wm. "Bill" Phillips)
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Storyline

Dempsey Rae, a cowboy with no clear aim in life, winds up working on a spread with a hard lady owner just arrived from the East. She needs a tough new top hand and uses all her means of persuasion to get Rae to take the job. But he doesn't like the way the other settlers are getting treated and starts to side with them, despite their introduction of the barbed wire he loathes. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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a love-bargain is like barbed-wire...fight it and you'll get hurt! See more »

Genres:

Western

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Trivia

One of the first films that Kirk Douglas made through his production company. The film was a box-office hit. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie the stampede is stopped by a barbed wire fence. The fence posts are obviously added later in production. That scene has been used in other horse operas, too. See more »

Quotes

Dempsey Rae: You'll learn. Or you'll be up to your armpits in beef.
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Soundtracks

Man Without A Star
Music by Arnold Schwarzwald (as Arnold Hughes)
Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Vocal by Frankie Laine
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In the best western tradition
7 September 2002 | by cartosanSee all my reviews

Solid western directed in magisterial way, in the best genre tradition, by prestigious King Vidor. You can said the topic of the experienced cowboy teaching to a newcomer results very common at movies western. But Man Without Star is some more. This excellent movie picture tell us about the rivalry between two land´s possession different conceptions and about men´s maladjustment to new society rules. Everything is good at Man Without Star: the story (Borden Chase), the casting (Douglas, Trevor, Boone...), the song (Frankie Laine), and, of course, the production. Many director told us stories in western, but a few ones so efficaciously and with so easy manner like King Vidor at this picture. Because things results easier when you are expert. The same story was years later (also starring by Douglas) the Lonely Are The Brave starting point.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1955 (Belarus) See more »

Also Known As:

Man Without a Star See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,200,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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