Lone Star (1952 film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Lone Star
Lone Star- Film Poster.jpg
Theatrical Film Poster
Directed by Vincent Sherman
Produced by Z. Wayne Griffin
Written by Borden Chase
Howard Estabrook
Starring Clark Gable
Ava Gardner
Broderick Crawford
Lionel Barrymore
Beulah Bondi
Ed Begley
Music by David Buttolph
Cinematography Harold Rosson
Edited by Ferris Webster
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • February 8, 1952 (1952-02-08)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.6 million[1]
Box office $3,922,000[1]

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.

The movie is considered both a Western and a romance, set in Texas shortly before statehood.


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.


VHS Box Cover


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.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .

External links[edit]