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Lone Star (1952)

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During the 1845 battle for Texas' independence, a cattle baron (Clark Gable) spars with an evil senator (Broderick Crawford) over the state's future and for the affections of newpaperwoman Ava Gardner.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Borden Chase, Howard Estabrook
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 23, 1994


Clark Gable
as Devereaux Burke
Ava Gardner
as Martha Ronda
Broderick Crawford
as Thomas Craden
Lionel Barrymore
as Andrew Jackson
Beulah Bondi
as Minniver Bryan
Ed Begley Sr.
as Sen. Anthony Demmett
William Farnum
as Sen. Tom Crockett
Lowell Gilmore
as Capt. Elliott
Moroni Olsen
as Sam Houston
Russell Simpson
as Sen. Maynard Cole
James Burke
as Luther Kilgore
Ralph Reed
as Bud Yoakum
Ric Roman
as Curau
Victor Sutherland
as President Anson Jone...
Jonathan Cott
as Ben McCulloch
Nacho Galindo
as Vincente
Trevor Bardette
as Sid Yoakum
Harry Woods
as Dellman
Dudley Sadler
as Ashbel Smith
Earle Hodgins
as Windy Barton
Rex Lease
as Senator
Chief Yowlachie
as Indian Chief
Earl Hodgins
as Windy Barton
Tony Roux
as Chico
Lucius Cook
as Seth Moulton
Rex Bell
as Bit Part (uncredited...
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Lone Star (1952)

No, this isn't the John Sayles murder mystery from 1996.

This is a strange B-western set just after Sam Houston's victory at San Jacinto. The war with Mexico is over and Houston (Moroni Olsen) is tired of the U.S. debating over whether to let Texas enter into statehood as yet another slave state. Mexico has stated if they join the U.S. that the peace treaty is off the table. So further war with Mexico is imminent, and U.S. troops will be needed to continue the fight almost instantly.

An aging Andrew Jackson (Lionel Barrymore) has assigned Devereaux Burke (Clark Gable) to ride down to the Texas Republic to see what the political feelings really are about them joining the United States.

Thomas Craden (Broderick Crawford) is for staying a republic and thinks that
Texas can expand their republic to include California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico territories to become almost as big as the U.S. Naturally, Thomas feels that he can be the future president of this new republic. He knows that Devereaux is coming to Texas and he and his men want to stop him before he tries to influence the Texans into going with the statehood idea.

Martha Ronda (Ava Gardner) is a woman who owns a local newspaper and is in Craden's court (and possibly even more) until she meets Devereaux. She doesn't trust him, but is still willing to hear his side of the story.

I'm not sure how fast and loose this movie is playing with historical accuracy, but as a nice little 50's western, it's not bad. This is not on TV very often so if you get an opportunity to see it, go for it.

Rick Rudge

I thought it was pretty cool on Gable's part. Barrymore was so great in his lat role, I wanted to see him throughout. A very interesting storyline and very entertaining.

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