Man Without a Star (1955)

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    • Man Without a Star (1955)

      MAN WITHOUT A STAR

      DIRECTED BY KING VIDOR
      UNIVERSAL-INTERNATIONAL PICTURES



      INFORMATION FROM IMDb

      Plot Sumamary
      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

      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 ... Tess Cassidy
      Mara Corday ... Moccasin Mary
      Eddy Waller ... Tom Cassidy (as Eddy C. Waller)
      Sheb Wooley ... Latigo
      George Wallace ... Tom Carter
      Frank Chase ... Little Waco
      Paul Birch ... Mark Toliver
      Roy Barcroft ... Sheriff Olson
      William 'Bill' Phillips ... Cookie (as Wm. "Bill" Phillips)
      Jack Elam ... Knife Murderer (uncredited)
      and many more...

      Directed
      King Vidor

      Writing Credits
      Borden Chase ... (screenplay) and
      D.D. Beauchamp ... (screenplay) (as D. D. Beauchamp)
      Dee Linford ... (novel)

      Produced
      Aaron Rosenberg ... producer

      Music
      Hans J. Salter ... (uncredited)
      Herman Stein ... (uncredited)

      Cinematography
      Russell Metty ... director of photography

      Trivia
      One of the first films that Kirk Douglas made through his production company. The film went on to become a box office hit.

      Three years later, Campbell and Birch would co-star as truck drivers in the popular TV series "Cannonball."

      Goofs
      Anachronisms
      When Dempsey Rae and Jeff Jimson are rousted off the train near the beginning of the movie, they are standing in front of a boxcar that has a registration mark painted on the side indicating it was built in December 1923. However, the movie is set in the old West of the late 19th century.

      Continuity
      In the fight scene near the end of movie, Kirk D's hat is on, then off, then on again in a continuing sequence.

      Revealing mistakes
      The name of the ranch is the Triangle, but the branding iron is in the shape of a circle.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Conejo Valley, Thousand Oaks, California, USA
      Janss Conejo Ranch, Thousand Oaks, California, USA
      Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

      Watch the Movie

      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England
    • Man Without a Star is a 1955 American Technicolor Western film directed by
      King Vidor starring Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain, Claire Trevor and William Campbell.
      It was based on the novel of the same name, published in 1952, by Dee Linford.


      User Review

      Flawed but Entertaining
      31 May 2009 | by Claudio Carvalho (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

      claudio wrote:

      While traveling clandestine in a train, the drifter cowboy Dempsey Rae (Kirk Douglas) befriends the naive youngster Jeff "Texas" Jimson (William Campbell) and helps him when he is arrested by mistake in a train station. Dempsey Is hired by the foreman Strap Davis (Jay C. Flippen) to work in the ranch owned by the greedy Reed Bowman (Jeanne Crain), who brings civilized habits from the East, like having a bathroom inside the house. When the owners of minor ranches use barbed wire fence in the open grass to protect some land for their cattle in the winter, Reed hires a gang of troublemakers leaded by Steve Miles (Richard Boone) to work in her ranch and tries to seduce Dempsey to convince him to help her. But Dempsey decide to help the ranchers against the gunmen and Reed.


      "Man Without a Star" is a flawed but entertaining western. Kirk Douglas performs a nice cowboy that "adopts" a youngster to be the substituted for his brother that was killed in a dispute of land; hates barbed wire fences that he associates to the cause of the death of his brother; and is very successful with women. However, despite telling that barbed wire comes together with fights and killings, his character is incoherent when he defends the ranchers that are installing barbed wire fences. Jeanne Crain is amazingly seductive and sexy with her beauty, and her manipulative character is strong but totally forgotten in the end of the story. My vote is six.

      Title (Brazil): "Homem Sem Rumo" ("Drifter")
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England


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