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Lone Star (1952)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, History | 8 February 1952 (USA)
Ex-President Andrew Jackson sends Texan Devereaux Burke back home on a mission to facilitate Sam Houston's drive for U.S. statehood.

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

Borden Chase (screenplay), Howard Estabrook (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Gable ... Devereaux Burke
Ava Gardner ... Martha Ronda
Broderick Crawford ... Thomas Craden
Lionel Barrymore ... Andrew Jackson
Beulah Bondi ... Minniver Bryan
Ed Begley ... Anthony Demmet
James Burke ... Luther Kilgore
William Farnum ... Tom Crockett
Lowell Gilmore ... Capt. Elliott
Moroni Olsen ... Sam Houston
Russell Simpson ... Maynard Cole
William Conrad ... Mizette
Lucius Cook Lucius Cook ... Seth Moulton
Ralph Reed Ralph Reed ... Bud Yoakum
Ric Roman ... Gurau
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Storyline

Rip-roaring big star, big budget semi-historical story about cattle baron Devereaux Burke, who is enlisted by an aging Andrew Jackson to dissuade Sam Houston from establishing Texas as a republic. Burke must fight state senator Thomas Craden, in the process winning the heart of Craden's newspaper-editor girlfriend Martha Ronda. Written by Lew Amack (LAlawMedMBA@aol.com)

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The Battle for Texas and the Battle of the Sexes! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Estrela do Destino See more »

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Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was a box-office success, earning MGM a profit of $990,000 ($9.2 million in 2017 terms), according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film, they use pistols and rifles that did not exist at the time Texas entered the union. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Craden: Gentlemen, can't you see what this means? We'll be a giant of the Western Hemisphere. As a state, we'll just be one of 28. As a Republic we can command the respect and fear of not only the United States, but the entire world. Why should we give up an Empire just for statehood!
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Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

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Moonlight Is Meant for Lovers
Sung by Ava Gardner
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I'm frightened. For the first time in my life, I am frightened for the future of the United States.
29 July 2018 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

1845 Texas, Independent, survived Alamo, Goliad and San Jacinto ... But Annexation?

Quite often the joy in being a fan of genre film making, in this case Westerns/Southerns et al, is that a pic can coerce you into reading up on real instances. Thus making this particular picture a requisite requirement for literature delving.

Directed by Vincent Sherman and written by Borden Chase (who would supposedly be irked by the depiction of his writing) and Howard Estabrook, Lone Star comes off as an "A" list film given "B" list production values. Nothing wrong with cast performances, Gable still has charisma in his fifties, Gardner oozes sexuality and Crawford dominates like a great presence should. However, it looks stagy, is overly talky as the makers try to make a politico pot boiler out of a sow's behind, while the action - in spite of a grandiose battering ram finale - just doesn't have an oomph factor.

Romantic love triangle feels pointless in the context of such historical filmic tellings, but this is off set by the Sam Houston and Native American splinter of the narrative. Rendering this as a frustrating whole, not without merits, and above average for sure, but difficult to recommend as one to seek out as a must. 6/10


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