Kirk Douglas, in the title role, takes easily to the saddle as a tumbleweed cowpoke who has a way with a sixgun or the ladies. William Campbell scores as the young greenhorn who learns his cowboying from Douglas and about the wrong kind of women from Jeanne Crain.

Kirk Douglas, in the title role, takes easily to the saddle as a tumbleweed cowpoke who has a way with a sixgun or the ladies. William Campbell scores as the young greenhorn who learns his cowboying from Douglas and about the wrong kind of women from Jeanne Crain.

The latter is technically skilled in her delineation of a ruthless owner of a big ranch, not above using sex in her determination to keep the range unfenced, but is not quite believable as a sexpot. Claire Trevor is in a character she does well, playing what is, by implication, the town madam with a heart of gold, and with a soft spot in it for the wandering Douglas.

The plot is basic western in this setup of open versus fenced land, but writing variations keep it fresh and the action high as things move towards the climax.

Man Without a Star

Production

Universal. Director King Vidor; Producer Aaron Rosenberg; Screenplay Borden Chase, D.D. Beauchamp; Camera Russell Metty; Editor Virgil Vogel; Music Joseph Gershenson; Art Director Alexander Golitzen, Richard H. Riedel

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1955. Running time: 89 MIN.

With

Kirk Douglas Jeanne Crain William Campbell Claire Trevor Richard Boone Jay C. Flippen
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