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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 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

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

Remade as The Virginian: Duel at Shiloh (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

And the Moon Grew Brighter and Brighter
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy
Music by Lou Singer
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Kirk Douglas at his randiest; a most pleasurable western...
9 February 2008 | by moonspinner55See 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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