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Lone Star (1952)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, History | 8 February 1952 (USA)
Ex-President Andrew Jackson sends Texan Devereaux Burke back home on a mission to facilitate Sam Houston's drive for U.S. statehood.

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

Borden Chase, Howard Estabrook (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Gable ... Devereaux Burke
Ava Gardner ... Martha Ronda
Broderick Crawford ... Thomas Craden
Lionel Barrymore ... Andrew Jackson
Beulah Bondi ... Minniver Bryan
Ed Begley ... Anthony Demmet
James Burke ... Luther Kilgore
William Farnum ... Tom Crockett
Lowell Gilmore ... Capt. Elliott
Moroni Olsen ... Sam Houston
Russell Simpson ... Maynard Cole
William Conrad ... Mizette
Lucius Cook Lucius Cook ... Seth Moulton
Ralph Reed Ralph Reed ... Bud Yoakum
Ric Roman ... Gurau
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Storyline

Rip-roaring big star, big budget semi-historical story about cattle baron Devereaux Burke, who is enlisted by an aging Andrew Jackson to dissuade Sam Houston from establishing Texas as a republic. Burke must fight state senator Thomas Craden, in the process winning the heart of Craden's newspaper-editor girlfriend Martha Ronda. Written by Lew Amack (LAlawMedMBA@aol.com)

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She's like silk...you get sparks when you kiss her! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Estrela do Destino See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,478,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,922,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut (at age 13) of George Hamilton. See more »

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Quotes

Thomas: I must warn you, sir, if we continue to campaign for Polk, on a platform favoring Texas, we lose this election!
Mr. Colby: He's right! Texas is a slave state and the people of the north will never tolerate adding shame to our country.
Mr. Thompson: I resent that, sir. It is you who have twisted the peaceful relationship between master and slave into an evil.
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Moonlight Is Meant for Lovers
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Historic events and great action as well as a first rate cast
22 October 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This big budget Western deals with cattle baron Deveraux (Clark Gable) who his assigned by Andrew Jackson (Lionel Barrymore) to convince Sam Houston for union Texas to United States . A fiery newspaper editor (Ava Gardner) is the woman between Deveraux and the bad guy , Craden (Broderick Crawford) . Deveraux must fight state senators (Crawford , Ed Begley , Russell Simpson) for union to United States.

This exciting picture about Texas fights for independence contains Western action , drama , historical happenings , a love story and results to be quite entertaining . Based on a screenplay by Borden chase , a Western expert . Gorgeous Ava Gardner as an intrepid journalist as well as Clark Gable's love interest . Film debut for George Hamilton and secondary acting by William Conrad and Ed Begley . The motion picture was well directed by Vincent Sherman . Also available in horrible computer colorized version .

It's partially based on historical deeds about Texas independence, these are the followings : With Mexican permission Stephen Austin brought the first Anglo-American colonists to Texas, the first of many, their numbers grew and they wanted self-government and this desire led to the revolt of 1835, the Texas war for Independence. General Santa Anna, stormed the Alamo, and wiped out the garrison on 6 March 1836. But on 21 April 1836 General Santa Anna suffered a crushing defeat by Sam Houston and was taken prisoner. Texas was declared a Republic in October 1836 and Houston became its first president. In 1845 Texas joined the US, this lead to war with Mexico and disastrous results for that country. Samuel Houston(1793-1863)well performed by Moroni Olsen, was a frontiersman and politician , he went to live with the Cherokees and took a Cherokee wife. After the fall of the Alamo, he managed to keep together a small force and launched a furious surprise attack on the Mexican army of 1300 camped on the western bank of the San Jacinto River. With Texas free and independent republic, Houston was elected the first president. When Texas was admitted to the United States in 1845, Houston was a senator to Washington.


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