Lone Star (1952 film)
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|Directed by||Vincent Sherman|
|Produced by||Z. Wayne Griffin|
|Written by||Borden Chase
|Music by||David Buttolph|
|Edited by||Ferris Webster|
Lone Star is a 1952 Western film starring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Broderick Crawford, Ed Begley, and Lionel Barrymore (in his final role) as President Andrew Jackson. The film also marks the first (uncredited) screen appearance by then-thirteen-year-old George Hamilton, playing beside Barrymore in the role of Jackson's servant.
Devereaux Burke gets a personal request from former President Andrew Jackson to help keep Texas from entering into annexation with Mexico. The movement is gaining favor because it is mistakenly believed that Texas pioneer Sam Houston supports it.
The opposition leader is wealthy rancher Thomas Craden, but when Craden is ambushed by Comanches, it is Dev who comes to his rescue. Martha Ronda, who loves Craden and runs the Austin newspaper, does not know Dev is anti-annexation when she and Craden host a number of senators at their home for dinner. When they won't all agree to vote his way, Craden then refuses them permission to leave.
Dev gets a signed letter from Sam Houston of his actual position, but the ink smears when he falls into a river, fleeing from Craden's men. He has difficulty persuading Martha, who publishes an incorrect story about Houston's position, but ultimately he wins her over and saves the day.
- Clark Gable as Devereaux Burke
- Ava Gardner as Martha Ronda
- Broderick Crawford as Tom Craden
- Lionel Barrymore as Andrew Jackson
- Beulah Bondi as Minniver Bryan
- Ed Begley as Anthony Demmet
- James Burke as Luther Kilgore
- William Farnum as Tom Crockett
- Lowell Gilmore as Captain Elliott
- Moroni Olsen as Sam Houston
- Russell Simpson as Maynard Cole
- William Conrad as Mizette
According to MGM records the film made $2,478,000 in the US and Canada and $1,444,000 elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $990,000.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
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