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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.


King Vidor


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




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)


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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His home was his saddle...and his only friend...a six-gun! See more »




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William Campbell and Paul Birch co-starred as truck drivers on the television series Cannonball (1958). See more »


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Jeff Jimson: [after prodding by Dempsey in front of the lady owner, Jeff has shown he can't shoot] You didn't have to make a fool out of me in front of her.
Dempsey Rae: I didn't make a fool out of you, kid. You have to do that yourself.
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Man Without A Star
Music by Arnold Schwarzwald (as Arnold Hughes)
Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Vocal by Frankie Laine
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Range war western about a drifter who helps tiny ranchers against a ruthless land owner
22 January 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A cowboy is hired as a foreman for a powerful landowner , but he then helps ranchers to stop the egoistic cattle owner from taking over their lands . As he , subsequently , changes sides and will fight against her , as he helps mistreated settlers who put barbwire to protect their herd . The cowboy fighting for justice will tame his vital code he lives by and supporting other neighboring cattlemen who are harassed by her .

This is a moving western dealing with the ordinary conflict between freedom and the need for order and settlements . The picture regards interesting issues such as the economical abuses by powerful owners including violence , and the sexual resources that the beautiful land lady , gorgeous Jeanne Crain , uses to get her purports . Nice and feisty acting by the great Kirk Douglas as the sympathetic as well as impulsive gunfighter . Being one of the first movies that Kirk Douglas made through his own production company , Bryna Productions . Support cast is pretty good , such as : Claire Trevor , Richard Boone , Jay C. Flippen , Jack Elam , Paul Birch , George Wallace , Mara Corday , Roy Barcroft and special mention for William Campbell as a stubborn young gunfighter . Colorful and brilliant cinematography in Technicolor by Russell Metty , being filmed on location in Conejo Valley , Thousand Oaks , Janss Conejo Ranch , California , and Grand Canyon , Arizona . Besides , a moving , stirring musical score by two uncredited composers , Hans J. Salter and Herman Stein .

The motion picture , based on a screenplay by the Western expert Borden Chase , was compellingly directed by King Vidor and lavishly produced by Aaron Rosenberg who financed a lot of westerns for Anthony Man/James Stewart . Although he and Kirk had strong problems , as Douglas and Vidor had arguments , and the latter left the shooting and was fired . However , King shows some his peculiar visual style . In addition , the picture went on to become a box office hit . Vidor directed other good westerns as ¨Duel in the sun¨ , ¨Northwest passage¨, ¨Billy the Kid¨ , and ¨Texas Rangers¨ . And made several classic movies as ¨War and peace¨ , ¨Comrade X¨ , ¨Stella Dallas¨ , ¨Fountainhead¨ , ¨Our daily bread¨ , ¨The citadel¨ , ¨The crowd¨ , ¨Big parade¨ , among others .

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