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Star in the Dust (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Western | 13 June 1956 (USA)
A sheriff planning on legally hanging a killer, has to contend with farmers who want to lynch him, and cattlemen who want to help him escape.

Director:

Charles F. Haas (as Charles Haas)

Writers:

Oscar Brodney (screenplay), Lee Leighton (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Agar ... Sheriff Bill Jorden
Mamie Van Doren ... Ellen Ballard
Richard Boone ... Sam Hall
Coleen Gray ... Nellie Mason
Leif Erickson ... George Ballard
James Gleason ... Orval Jones
Randy Stuart ... Nan Hogan
Terry Gilkyson Terry Gilkyson ... The Music Man
Paul Fix ... Mike MacNamara
Harry Morgan ... Lew Hogan
Stuart Randall ... Jess Ryman
Robert Osterloh ... Rigdon
Stanley Andrews ... Ben Smith
John Daheim John Daheim ... Jiggs Larribee (as John Day)
Stafford Repp ... Leo Roos
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Storyline

The sheriff of Gunlock is planning to hang Sam Hall, who shot three farmers found on cattle land, at sundown. At the casino, betting is 8 to 3 he won't make it. The cattlemen are set to rescue Sam; the farmers hope to lynch him before he can be rescued; and Hall schemes for escape with his girl Nellie. But Sheriff Jorden is most concerned with finding out who hired Hall: a leading suspect is the sheriff's future brother-in-law. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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WITH HIS OWN HANDS HE PUT THE ROPE AROUND HIS NECK...and then defied the law to hang him! (original herald) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Law Man See more »

Filming Locations:

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

Clint Eastwood appears in his first western (uncredited) as Tom the ranch hand. See more »

Goofs

A couple of townsmen hurry sheriff Jorden to make a decision, because "It's almost two o'clock"(pm). But later, while sheriff is firing back at ranchers from his office, there is a clock on the wall and the time it shows is around 10:30, though it's still daylight. See more »

Quotes

Sam Hall: [refusing blindfold prior to hanging] "The Sun's setting for me. It'd be a shame to miss it."
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Sam Hall
Written by Terry Gilkyson
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Tacky, uneventful western
17 March 2001 | by CuriosityKilledShawnSee all my reviews

For a Western movie this was very boring and had very little going on. There is no real plot and only a couple of muddled and drama-free sub-plots.

The movie is about some hit-man in a cell who is awaiting hanging for the killing of some cattleboys. The sheriff wants a peaceful hanging (!) without having to prove that he's as good a Sheriff as his father was. And a couple of other minor characters serve no purpose other than to complicate matters for petty reasons.

There are a few silly fight scenes that remind of the A-Team with the wooden furniture falling apart very easily. And, as always, there are embarrassingly fake fights in which there is no penetration seen or any

shown. Were there any R-rated movies in the 50's? But the most annoying thing about this movie is the songs but the 'singing narrator' who only ever uses the same tune but uses marginally different words each time. Ugh! If this is on TV on a Sunday afternoon…miss it. Go out for a walk, even if it's raining.


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