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The Light of Western Stars (1940)

Passed | | Romance, Western | 17 April 1940 (USA)
Cowhand Ladd dances with cantina girl Estrella and has a part in shooting Sheriff Tyler.


Lesley Selander


Zane Grey (novel), Norman Houston (screenplay)


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Victor Jory ... Gene Stewart
Jo Ann Sayers ... Madeline Majesty Hammond
Russell Hayden ... Al Hammond
Morris Ankrum ... Nat Hayworth
Noah Beery Jr. ... Poco
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Bill Stillwell
Ruth Rogers ... Flo Kingsley
Tom Tyler ... Sheriff Tom Hawes
Rad Robinson Rad Robinson ... Monty
Eddie Dean ... Nels
Esther Estrella ... Bonita
Alan Ladd ... Danny
Georgia Ellis ... Helen (as Georgia Hawkins)
Earl Askam Earl Askam ... Deputy Sneed
Lucio Villegas Lucio Villegas ... Marco


Easterner Madeline Hammond buys a ranch not knowing Hayworth is using it to smuggle ammunition across the border. When trouble starts, she brings back Gene Hammond, the ex-foreman who left the country after fighting with the Sheriff. Gene learns of Hayworth's scheme and forces him to blow up his supply. But the Sheriff, not getting his cut, has Hayworth killed and then arrives to arrest Gene for the murder. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Flaming Guns... Flashing Hoofs... as knights of the sage-brush roar across the plains!


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

17 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Border Renegade See more »

Filming Locations:

Sasabe, Arizona, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This is one of 20 Zane Grey stories, filmed by Paramount in the 1930s, which it sold to Favorite Films for re-release, circa 1950-52. The failure of Paramount, the original copyright holder, to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


Poco: You, Posse, you turn around and ride straight out. No look back. Not you, Senor Hawse! Not you, Senor Sneed! You no move. You get down from your horses. So, you would turn El Capitan Stewart over to be killed, huh? No, I don't think you live long enough to do that. You're the kind of Americanos who kick us and beat us and call us Greasers. Even a poor little girl like Bonita. You make my people think all Gringos bad, like you. Not kind and good like Senor Gene. But I've leaned now; I've learned...
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This certainly didn't help Victor Jory become a star!
31 October 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In his career, Victor Jory generally played villains or supporting characters. Here, however, he stars in a western--and that is VERY unusual. Unfortunately for him and his career, the film just isn't very good and I doubt if it did a thing to help him as a star. But, at least you can watch it if you'd like to see Alan Ladd before he was 'discovered' or if you'd like to see Noah Beery Junior embarrass himself.

When the film begins, Jory plays a nice-guy who seems to be equally concerned with protecting the town from a bully and his paid sheriff as he is about getting drunk. He is certainly no hero in this role--though eventually he reforms and finally does the right thing. In the process, he meets a stuck up rich lady and has a few not particularly interesting adventures.

So why did I give this one a 3? Well, there are many reasons--and the biggest is that the film never really gets very interesting. There are also some poorly written plot elements (such as the stuck up lady who almost instantly changes and the film never allows any realistic development of her character). Additionally, Noah Beery Jr. plays a horrible role as a Mexican--and seems completely out of place. Finally, the big showdown fizzles and makes little sense. All in all, perhaps a 3 is being a bit generous.

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