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Lone Star (1952 film)

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5.2/10 Letterboxd

Genre  Action, Adventure, History
Screenplay  Borden Chase
Language  English
6/10 IMDb

Director  Vincent Sherman
Music director  David Buttolph
Country  United States
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Writer  Borden Chase, Howard Estabrook
Release date  February 8, 1952 (1952-02-08)
Cast  Clark Gable (Devereaux Burke), Ava Gardner (Martha Ronda), Broderick Crawford (Thomas Craden), Lionel Barrymore (Andrew Jackson), Beulah Bondi (Minniver Bryan), Ed Begley (Anthony Demmet)
Similar movies  Mad Max: Fury Road, Blackhat, Self/less, Salt, Django Unchained, Fair Game
Tagline  The Battle for Texas and the Battle of the Sexes!

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.


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

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Devereaux Burke gets a personal request from former President Andrew Jackson to facilitate the annexation of Texas into the United States. Opposition to annexation is gaining favor because it is mistakenly believed that Texas pioneer Sam Houston opposes statehood.

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The opposition leader is wealthy rancher Thomas Craden, but when Craden is ambushed by Comanches, it is Dev who comes to his rescue. Dev and Craden travel to Austin where they meet Martha Ronda, who runs the local newspaper. Craden does not know Dev supports annexation when he invites Dev to a dinner he planned that night for a number of senators at his home. When the senators won't all agree to vote against annexation, Craden refuses them permission to leave. Dev is allowed to leave but soon returns with a group of armed men to rescue the senators and reveal his support for annexation.

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The senators inform Dev that Sam Houston is on the other side of the Pecos river negotiating a peace treaty with the Apache. Dev leaves to find Houston but is followed by Craden. Dev and Craden find Houston with the Apache. Dev gets a signed letter from Houston telling of his actual position, but the ink smears when he falls into a river while fleeing from Craden's men. Dev has difficulty persuading Martha that he is telling the truth, but after confirming the facts with Craden, she publishes the correct story about Houston's position.

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When the people of Austin are told the truth of Houston's position they rally in support of annexation. Craden resorts to force to stop the Texas Congress from voting on annexation. Dev is called on to organize the defense of the Texas Congress. Craden attacks the fort-like congress building with several dozens of armed men on horseback. Dev leads the defenders as they repulse two waves of attack but the battle begins to turn against them during the third wave of attack. Houston arrives with the Apache just in time to end the battle before any senators are killed. Dev and Craden fight each other hand-to-hand until Dev knocks out Craden. Annexation succeeds, Craden concedes, Dev wins Martha over and saves the day.


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  • 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
  • Reception

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    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.

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