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The Light of Western Stars (1940)

Cowhand Ladd dances with cantina girl Estrella and has a part in shooting Sheriff Tyler.


Lesley Selander


Zane Grey (novel), Norman Houston (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Victor Jory ... Gene Stewart
Jo Ann Sayers ... Madeline 'Majesty' Hammond
Russell Hayden ... Al Hammond
Morris Ankrum ... Nat Hayworth
Noah Beery Jr. ... Poco
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Bill Stillwell
Ruth Rogers ... Florence 'Flo' Kingsley
Tom Tyler ... Sheriff Tom Hawes
Rad Robinson Rad Robinson ... Monty
Eddie Dean ... Nels
Esther Estrella ... Bonita
Alan Ladd ... Danny
Georgia Ellis ... Helen (as Georgia Hawkins)
Earl Askam Earl Askam ... Deputy Sneed
Lucio Villegas Lucio Villegas ... Marco
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Flaming Guns... Flashing Hoofs... as knights of the sage-brush roar across the plains!


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Although this film retained its original title when it was re-released theatrically by Favorite Films in 1950, when it was sold to television, its title was changed to "Border Renegade", most likely to protect theatrical re-release showings which were still in progress in some territories. In Louisville it was first telecast Saturday 8 August 1953 on WHAS (Channel 11), in Detroit Friday 13 November 1953 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in New York City Sunday 9 May 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in Los Angeles Sunday 21 November 1954 on KRCA (Channel 4). In San Francisco, it first hit the airwaves Monday 26 September 1955 on KPIX (Channel 5). See more »


Poco: You, Posse, you turn around and ride straight out. No look back. Not you, Senor Hawse! Not you, Senor Sneed! You no move. You get down from your horses. So, you would turn El Capitan Stewart over to be killed, huh? No, I don't think you live long enough to do that. You're the kind of Americanos who kick us and beat us and call us Greasers. Even a poor little girl like Bonita. You make my people think all Gringos bad, like you. Not kind and good like Senor Gene. But I've leaned now; I've learned...
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Good old fashion western just getting beyond the old shoot'em up
7 November 1999 | by Tony-252See all my reviews

An entertaining movie just over the hump of the 30's shoot'em up westerns, taking on social values as alcoholism, race prejudice, and the basic frailties of man. Most westerns of this time were usually the White hat vs the Black hat and were rather simple. Victor Jory's character is basicly a good guy but had been a hired gun in Mexico and turned into a common drunk due to his conscience. He is saved by Jo Ann Sayers who won't give up on him and leads him on the path of righteousness. You can see from Victor Jory's performance (looks and mannerism's), although good, why he eventually took on the parts of villains. He made a better villain than a hero by just being himself, he had a natural sinister manner which projected on the screen.

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Release Date:

17 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Border Renegade See more »

Filming Locations:

Sasabe, Arizona, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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