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Man Without a Star (1955)

Approved | | Western | 16 June 1955 (UK)
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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Dempsey Rae
... Reed Bowman
... Idonee
... Jeff Jimson
... Steve Miles
... Strap Davis
Myrna Hansen ... Tess Cassidy
... Moccasin Mary
... Tom Cassidy (as Eddy C. Waller)
... Latigo
... Tom Carter
Frank Chase ... Little Waco
... Mark Toliver
... Sheriff Olson
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Cookie (as Wm. "Bill" Phillips)
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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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16 June 1955 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Hombre sin rumbo  »

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$2,200,000, 31 December 1955
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Crain plays a Mrs. Bowman in both Dangerous Crossing and Man Without A Star. See more »

Goofs

The name of the ranch is the Triangle, but the branding iron is in the shape of a circle. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994) See more »

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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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Kirk Douglas at his randiest; a most pleasurable western...
9 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Terrific stuff! Kirk Douglas is a whiskey-sluggin' man's man who drifts into a Wyoming cattle town after taking young, hot-tempered William Campbell under his wing; they get jobs on cattle baroness Jeanne Crain's ranch, but she's fixin' to muscle in on her rancher-neighbors's land (for the grass) until her neighbor puts up a barbed-wire fence--something Douglas has a violent aversion to. Obviously a quality package, what with King Vidor directing and Douglas at the peak of his rough 'n tumble charms; his paternal relationship with Campbell suits him, as does tough-lady Crain as a possible love-interest. Screenwriters Borden Chase and D.D. Beauchamp get this outdoor yarn off to a great start, and it just keeps going from there. Strong cast includes Richard Boone as the villain, an uncredited Jack Elam as a killer, and Claire Trevor, wonderful as a bar hostess. Douglas swaggers, shoots, bites, plays the banjo and sings! It's one of his very best films. *** from ****


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