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The Silver Star (1955)

Not Rated | | Western | 8 April 1955 (USA)
A frontier marshal doubts his own courage when three gunmen threaten his town.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Will 'Bill' Dowdy (as Edgar Buchanon)
... Karen Childress
... John W. Harmon (as Lon Chaney)
Earle Lyon ... Sheriff Gregg Leech
Richard Bartlett ... King Daniels
... Henry 'Tiny' Longtree (as Barton McLane)
... Charlie Childress
Edith Evanson ... Belle Dowdy
... Shakespeare
... Bainey
... Ward Blythe (as Bob Karnes)
Earl Hansen
... Happy
Bill Anders ... Daniels Henchman
Jill Richards ... Stella
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In the 1880s, the town of Boyce's old sheriff, Bill Dowdy, retires. A vote is held to elect a new sheriff. Bill Dowdy encourages his younger friend, Gregg Leech, to run for the office. Also running for the job is the town's lawyer, John W. Harmon. Gregg Leech is reluctant to become sheriff because he plans to marry his girlfriend, Karen Childress. Gregg believes the sheriff job and the family-man role don't go together but Karen assures him that he can be sheriff and husband. Gregg is hesitant about it, since his father and grandfather, both ex sheriffs, died in the line of duty. Nevertheless, pressured by the retiring sheriff to run for office, Gregg accepts and easily wins. However, getting elected is one thing and being skilled as sheriff is another thing. Some townsfolk, who voted for his opponent, still hold a grudge against Gregg because they believe Gregg isn't man enough or brave enough to act as sheriff. Gregg's moment of truth approaches and he soon has a chance to prove ... Written by nufs68

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Crack of a bullet...and a coward becomes a killer! See more »

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Barmaid: You're looking for the sheriff.
Daniels: Yes ma'am
Barmaid: But you don't know the sheriff.
Daniels: No ma'am.
Barmaid: If you don't know the sheriff, then why are you looking for him?
Daniels: I come to kill him ma'am.
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The Silver Star
Composed and Sung by Jimmy Wakely
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Thoughtfull Western-Drama
23 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

There is a lot going on in this little low budget western drama, and there is absolutely NO WASTE OF TALENT! Lyon plays the sheriff, who's father and grandfather were both gunned down while wearing a badge. It seems that he has just taken over from Buchanan, who has let a lot slide during the 15 years he was wearing the badge.

I think that many viewers, especially immature ones, will have a tough time with this tale...it deals with the fear of cowardice. All men and women experience it at some time, however it is not considered macho to talk about it, hence we have more movies with Cooper and Wayne portraying the fearless, card board cut-out protagonist, rather than real life characters.

The scene where Windsor and Buchanan berate and grind Lyon into action is unforgettable.

The movie could have benefited from a more rugged realistic conclusion, however after all these years, this one remains a minor classic.


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