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Man without a Star

  • Western
  • Drama
  • 1955
  • King Vidor
  • 85 mins
  • PG

Summary

Western starring Kirk Douglas and Jeanne Crain. Veteran Dempsey Rae sets about making a real cowboy out of youngster Jeff Jimson. They find work at the Big Triangle ranch, whose owner turns out to be a woman, the very determined Reed Bowman.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Dempsey RaeKirk Douglas
Reed BowmanJeanne Crain
IdoneeClaire Trevor
Steve MilesRichard Boone
Jeff Jimson William Campbell
Strap DavisJay C Flippen
Tess CassidyMyrna Hansen
Moccasin MaryMara Corday
Bill CassidyEddy Waller

Crew

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DirectorKing Vidor

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Released on
1955-06-16
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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