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

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1955 (Belarus) See more »

Also Known As:

Hombre sin rumbo See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,200,000, 31 December 1955
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

With minor chages, the script was used for The Virginian (1962) season one, episode fifteen, "Duel at Shiloh". 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

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

Remade as A Man Called Gannon (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

And the Moon Grew Brighter and Brighter
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Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy
Music by Lou Singer
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Scratched on the barbed wire
4 October 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Jeanne Crain is one of those women who comes off even better in jeans than she does when she's wearing a dress.Coming after "Ruby Gentry" ,which gave Jennifer Jones one of her most intense parts and depicted a mad passion à la "duel in the sun" ,"the man without a star" is a male story though .Kirk Douglas carries the movie upon his strong shoulders and he succeeds in giving a subtle performance ,in a portrayal that shows every side of his fragility and despair ,under the guise of good humor and unlimited self- confidence:the scene in which he shows his chest packs a real wallop;the things we learn about his family tends to indicate he is not the man we thought he was .His pairing with Texas displays echoes of Howard Hawks' "the big sky" (1952):the users who have seen that movie will notice the similarities between the final scenes.The "father"/"son" relationship is common in westerns (see also Ray's "run for cover").


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