Stars in My Crown (1950)

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    • Stars in My Crown (1950)

      STARS IN MY CROWN

      DIRECTED BY JACQUES TOURNEUR
      PRODUCED BY WILLIAM H. WRIGHT
      METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER



      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Civil War veteran Josiah Grey comes to a small town to be a gospel minister.
      In time he has a family and many friends, but he also finds friction
      with a few of his parishioners.
      A young doctor grates at what he feels is the parson's
      interference in the scientific treatment of patients,
      and a mine owner resents Grey's protection of an old sharecropper
      whose small plot of land stands in the way of his continued mining.
      Grey must face a public health crisis and a lynch mob as a result,
      all seen and described through the eyes and memory
      of Grey's young nephew John.
      Written by Jim Beaver

      Full Cast
      Joel McCrea ... Josiah Doziah Gray
      Ellen Drew ... Harriet Gray
      Dean Stockwell ... John Kenyon
      Alan Hale ... Jed Isbell
      Lewis Stone ... Dr. Daniel Kalbert Harris, Sr.
      James Mitchell ... Dr. Daniel Kalbert Harris, Jr.
      Amanda Blake ... Faith Radmore Samuels
      Juano Hernandez ... Uncle Famous Prill
      Charles Kemper ... Prof. Sam Houston Jones
      Connie Gilchrist ... Sarah Isbell
      Ed Begley ... Lon Backett
      Jack Lambert ... Perry Lokey
      Arthur Hunnicutt ... Chloroform Wiggins
      Marshall Thompson ... Narrator (adult John Kenyon) (voice)
      James Arness ... Rolfe Isbell (uncredited)
      Jessie Arnold ... Annie (voice) (uncredited)
      Polly Bailey ... Mrs. Belsher (uncredited)
      Margaret Bert ... Townswoman (uncredited)
      Helen Brown ... Townswoman (uncredited)
      Matilda Caldwell ... Townswoman (uncredited)
      Robert Cherry ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Bill Clauson ... Cade Isbell (uncredited)
      Chuck Courtney ... Jed Isbell (uncredited)
      Fred Datig Jr. ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Adeline De Walt Reynolds ... Granny Gailbraith (uncredited)
      Helen Eby-Rock ... Townswoman (uncredited)
      Edmund Glover ... Clyde Chapman (uncredited)
      Jessica Grayson ... Bessie - Maid (uncredited)
      Eula Guy ... Townswoman (uncredited)
      Ralph Hodges ... Tom Isbell (uncredited)
      Victor Kilian ... Ned (uncredited)
      Al Kunde ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Baron James Lichter ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Philo McCullough ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Patricia Miller ... Mrs. Chapman (uncredited)
      Frank Mills ... Drunk in Saloon (uncredited)
      Howard M. Mitchell ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Rhea Mitchell ... Mrs. Backett (uncredited)
      Jimmy Moss ... Bobby Sam Carroll (uncredited)
      Patsy O'Byrne ... Townswoman (uncredited)
      Norman Ollestad ... Chase Isbell (uncredited)
      Frank Pharr ... Townsman (uncredited)
      James Pierce ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Carl Pitti ... Townsman (uncredited)
      'Snub' Pollard ... Fat Bartender (uncredited)
      Alice Richey ... Townswoman (uncredited)
      Buddy Roosevelt ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Tex Terry ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Connie Van ... Townswoman (uncredited)
      Ben Watson ... Gene Caldwell (uncredited)
      Wilson Wood ... Thad Carroll (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Joe David Brown (novel) (adaptation)
      Margaret Fitts (screenplay)

      Original Music
      Adolph Deutsch

      Cinematography
      Charles Edgar Schoenbaum

      Trivia
      Final film of Alan Hale.

      The film's title is based on the hymn "Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown?" (originally titled "Will There Be Any Stars"); music by John R. Sweney, lyrics by Eliza E. Hewitt, circa 1897.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

      The post was edited 1 time, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- Stars in My Crown (1950)

      Stars In My Crown starred Joel McCrea as a preacher
      who tames an unruly town.
      It was based on the novel of the same name by Joe David Brown.
      James Arness is a young uncredited actor,
      and sadly this was Alan Hale's last film.



      User Review

      3 December 2002 | by Ben Burgraff (cariart) (Las Vegas, Nevada)
      Stars in My Crown' is over 50 years old, yet in it's humor, it's message of brotherhood, and it's depiction of small-town Western America at a time when religion was the true center of everyone's lives, this film has rarely been equaled!

      The story is told through the observations of young John Kenyon (sensitively portrayed by Quantum Leap's Dean Stockwell, with Daktari's Marshall Thompson voicing Kenyon as an adult), who lives with Soldier-turned-Minister Josiah Dozier Grey (Joel McCrea, in one of his finest performances) and his wife, Harriet (Ellen Drew). Grey is kind, warm, and totally sincere, with a penchance for telling funny stories with a Message, rather than being 'preachy'...in short, the kind of Parson who can win hearts, as well as souls!

      Grey's congregation includes some of Hollywood's finest character actors, including Lewis Stone (Judge Hardy) as a crusty old doctor, James Mitchell (Days of Our Lives) as his doubting physician son, Alan Hale (The Adventures of Robin Hood) as a Civil War buddy with a large family (including 'Matt Dillon' James Arness!), Amanda Blake (who would costar with Arness in 'Gunsmoke') as the schoolmarm, Arthur Hunnicutt (The Big Sky) as a local character nicknamed 'Chloroform'(!), Oscar-winner Ed Begley as a rich mine owner, and, in a remarkable performance, Juano Hernandez as 'Famous Uncle Prill', a Black farmer who experiences with dignity the racism of the time.

      Director Jacques Tourneur, best-known for his gothic classic 'Cat People', shows patience and restraint, allowing the story to build under its own steam, which gives the climaxes (a typhoid epidemic and a Klan near-lynching) an emotional wallop. McCrea's scene with the incensed Klan members foreshadows Gregory Peck's confrontation with the lynch party in 'To Kill a Mockingbird', and is truly unforgettable.

      'Stars in My Crown' is a rich, wonderful film that your family will cherish. It is on the short list of my favorite films, and is one that you can enjoy for years to come!
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

      The post was edited 1 time, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Stars in My Crown (1950)

      I watched this film yesterday evening. I love Joel McCrea in Westerns but I was less than impressed with this movie. Kind of boring and I've seen almost the same plot but more interesting versions.
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