Man Without a Star

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Man Without a Star
Film poster by Reynold Brown
Directed by King Vidor
Produced by Aaron Rosenberg
Written by Dee Linford (novel)
Screenplay by Borden Chase
D.D. Beauchamp
(as D. D. Beauchamp)
Starring Kirk Douglas
Jeanne Crain
Claire Trevor
William Campbell
Cinematography Russell Metty
Edited by Virgil W. Vogel
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • March 24, 1955 (1955-03-24) (New York City)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2.2 million (US)[1]

Man Without a Star is a 1955 American Technicolor Western film directed by King Vidor starring Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain, Claire Trevor and William Campbell. It was based on the novel of the same name, published in 1952, by Dee Linford.


Easygoing cowboy Dempsey Rae (Kirk Douglas) and his boastful but impressionable young friend Jeff Jimson (William Campbell), both from Kansas City, "ride the rails" into a Wyoming cattle town. They witness the murder of the train guard en-route and net a $100 reward when they reach the next town. Dempsey has a female acquaintance in town (Idonee) and both decide to stay, also being and hired to work (as alleged fellow-Texans) by Strap Davis, on a 10,000 head ranch for an absentee rancher named Reed Bowman. When Bowman finally arrives, Dempsey is surprised to find that he has been working for a very attractive woman (Jeanne Crain), one who has very ambitious plans. She plans lead to a range war with her neighbors.

Dempsey defects to the opposing side but ultimately sides with Jimson, before riding off to a new life.


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  1. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956

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