Lone Star (1952)

Lone Star





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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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Borden Chase, Howard Estabrook
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 23, 1994


as Devereaux Burke

as Martha Ronda

as Thomas Craden

as Andrew Jackson

as Minniver Bryan

as Sen. Anthony Demmett

as Sen. Tom Crockett

as Capt. Elliott

as Sam Houston

as Sen. Maynard Cole

as Mizzette

as Luther Kilgore

as Bud Yoakum

as Curau

as President Anson Jone...

as Ben McCulloch

as Vincente

as Sid Yoakum

as Dellman

as Ashbel Smith

as Windy Barton

as Senator

as Indian Chief

as Windy Barton

as Chico

as Seth Moulton

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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