Star in the Dust

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Star in the Dust
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCharles F. Haas
Produced byAlbert Zugsmith
Screenplay byOscar Brodney
Based onLaw Man
by Lee Leighton
StarringJohn Agar
Mamie Van Doren
Richard Boone
Coleen Gray
Leif Erickson
Music byFrank Skinner
CinematographyJohn L. Russell Jr.
Edited byRay Snyder
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • May 2, 1956 (1956-05-02) (Los Angeles)
  • June 13, 1956 (1956-06-13) (United States)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

Star in the Dust is a 1956 Technicolor Western film directed by Charles F. Haas and starring John Agar, Mamie Van Doren, Richard Boone, Coleen Gray and Leif Erickson.

In the town of Gunlock, sheriff Bill Jorden is due to hang Sam Hall for cattle-stealing. Jorden has to contend, however, with various citizens, including the cowboys who want to rescue Hall and the cattlemen and farmers who want to lynch him. Hall, meanwhile, is planning his escape with girlfriend Nellie.[1]

The film included an early appearance of Clint Eastwood, who played a very small role as a ranch hand.


Gunlock's town sheriff (Agar) is planning to hang Sam Hall (Boone) for shooting three farmers found on cattle land at sundown. At the casino, betting odds are 8 to 3 he won't make it. The cattlemen are set to rescue Sam; the farmers hope to lynch him before he can be rescued. Hall schemes for escape with his girl Nellie (Coleen Gray). Sheriff Jorden is most concerned with finding out who hired Hall; a leading suspect is the sheriff's future brother-in-law.[2]


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