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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 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

Sheriff Jorden of Gunlock (John Agar) is planning to hang Sam Hall (Richard Boone), 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 Mason (Colleen Gray). 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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FIVE MINUTES WERE ALL HE NEEDED! BUT FIVE GUNS WERE BETTING THE TIME WOULD RUN OUT! (original herald-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

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Trivia

Uncredited appearance in his first western for Clint Eastwood (Tom - 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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Typical 50s Western
18 December 2018 | by jonestobias-08093See all my reviews

Very Gunsmokish-type movie. Standard 1950s Western Movie fare with a righteous sheriff outnumbered by the opposition, with the standard range war backdrop of farmers versus cattlemen. Opposition naturally led by a powerful baron who practically owns the town. Another standard theme. A love story thrown in, complicated by its trail that leads from the sheriff's office straight to the baron's ranch house. A ballad singer on a guitar, accompanies the audience throughout the film, adding an interesting feature to the movie. Not unentertaining. Slightly an above average production.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Law Man See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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