Man without a Star

Man without a Star

King Vidor (1955)

A Certificate


Our Score
This fine Technicolor western was made by King Vidor immediately before his War and Peace, and features the wonderful Kirk Douglas in an all-grinning, all-snarling portrayal, the kind of role he was born to play. He sings and strums a banjo, too! There's a tremendous sexual tension generated between Douglas and manipulative ranch owner Jeanne Crain that's reminiscent of Vidor's other two steamy dramas, Duel in the Sun and Ruby Gentry. The psychological slant is also cleverly integrated, as juvenile William Campbell idolises the rascally Douglas. There's some welcome by-play from Stagecoach's Claire Trevor as the other woman and a particularly nasty but important barbed wire whipping sequence. Universal remade this poorly in 1969 as A Man Called Gannon.


A wandering cowboy and his naive travelling partner are hired by an ambitious ranch owner, who wishes to expand her territory at the cost of her struggling neighbours. The drifter sympathises with the plight of the other farmers, but disapproves of the methods they intend to use to mark their territory. King Vidor's Western, starring Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain, William Campbell, Richard Boone and Claire Trevor.

Cast & Crew

Dempsey Rae Kirk Douglas
Reed Bowman Jeanne Crain
Idonee Claire Trevor
Steve Miles Richard Boone
Jeff Jimson William Campbell
Strap Davis Jay C Flippen
Tess Cassidy Myrna Hansen
Moccasin Mary Mara Corday
Bill Cassidy Eddy Waller
Director King Vidor
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdGuidance: Some violence and sexual references.Available on: DVD