Star in the Dust

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Star in the Dust
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Charles F. Haas
Produced by Albert Zugsmith
Screenplay by Oscar Brodney
Based on Law Man (1953 novel)
by Lee Leighton
Starring John Agar
Mamie Van Doren
Richard Boone
Coleen Gray
Leif Erickson
Music by Frank Skinner
Cinematography John L. Russell Jr.
Edited by Ray Snyder
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • May 2, 1956 (1956-05-02) (Los Angeles)
  • June 13, 1956 (1956-06-13) (United States)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Star in the Dust is a 1956 Technicolor Western film directed by Charles F. Haas and starring John Agar, Mamie Van Doren, Richard Boone, Coleen Gray and Leif Erickson.

In the town of Gunlock, sheriff Bill Jorden is due to hang Sam Hall for cattle-stealing. Jorden has to contend, however, with various citizens, including the cowboys who want to rescue Hall and the cattlemen and farmers who want to lynch him. Hall, meanwhile, is planning his escape with girlfriend Nellie.[1]

The film included an early appearance of Clint Eastwood, who played a very small role as a ranch hand.


Gunlock's town sheriff (Agar) is planning to hang Sam Hall (Boone) for shooting three farmers found on cattle land at sundown. At the casino, betting odds are 8 to 3 he won't make it. The cattlemen are set to rescue Sam; the farmers hope to lynch him before he can be rescued. Hall schemes for escape with his girl Nellie (Coleen Gray). Sheriff Jorden is most concerned with finding out who hired Hall; a leading suspect is the sheriff's future brother-in-law.[2]


See also


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  2. ^ Synopsis by Rod Crawford at website

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