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Stars in My Crown (film)

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Director  Jacques Tourneur
Initial DVD release  February 22, 2011
Country  United States
7.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Family, Western
Music director  Adolph Deutsch
Language  English
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Writer  Joe David Brown, Margaret Fitts
Release date  May 11, 1950 (1950-05-11)
Cast  Joel McCrea (Josiah Doziah Gray), Ellen Drew (Harriet Gray), Dean Stockwell (John Kenyon), Alan Hale (Jed Isbell), Lewis Stone (Dr. Daniel Kalbert Harris, Sr.), James Mitchell (Dr. Daniel Kalbert Harris, Jr.)
Similar movies  Breakfast on Pluto, Winter Light, The White Ribbon, A River Runs Through It, As It Is in Heaven, Salvation Boulevard
Tagline  "Take Your Choice...Either I Speak...Or My Pistols Do!"

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Stars In My Crown is a 1950 western film directed by Jacques Tourneur and starring Joel McCrea as a preacher who tames an unruly town. It was based on the novel of the same name by Joe David Brown.


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Shortly after the American Civil War, preacher Josiah Gray (Joel McCrea) arrives in the town of Walesburg. He heads straight for the saloon to give his first sermon. When the patrons laugh at him, he pulls out two guns, cowing the men into listening.

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Josiah settles in and becomes a well-respected member of the community. The people build a church. He marries Harriet (Ellen Drew) and raises her orphan nephew John (Dean Stockwell). (The story is narrated by Marshall Thompson, as an adult John.)

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When the beloved Dr. Harris, Sr. (Lewis Stone) dies, his place is taken by his son (James Mitchell), but the younger, unreligious man is not well-liked and wants to leave Walesburg. He falls in love with the schoolteacher, Faith Samuels (Amanda Blake). She is reluctant to marry him, as he insists on moving away.

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John comes down with typhoid. Dr. Harris, Jr. warns Josiah to stay away from other people to avoid spreading the disease, but Josiah ignores him and soon, others are stricken, including Faith. When Harris blames him, the preacher's faith is shaken; he closes the church and withdraws from the community. Fortunately, John recovers and figures out the cause was tainted well water. Meanwhile, Harris's tireless work on behalf of his patients forges a bond between him and Walesburg. When it seems that Faith is dying, Harris summons the preacher. Josiah's prayers are answered; Faith recovers, and the man of science and the man of faith are reconciled.

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Josiah is tested again. Leading businessman Lon Backett (Ed Begley) wants to buy the land of freed slave Uncle Famous Prill (Juano Hernandez). He needs the mica deposit to keep his mine in operation, but Uncle Famous refuses to sell. The out-of-work miners trample the old man's crops and scatter his livestock, then when he stubbornly holds out, give him an ultimatum: get out or else. Josiah declines the armed assistance of his old war buddy, Jed Isbell (Alan Hale), and his sons (including an uncredited James Arness), and waits with Uncle Famous for the lynch mob to show up in their Ku Klux Klan costumes. Josiah offers no resistance, but asks the lynch mob to first listen to him read them Uncle Famous's will. With each item, he slyly reminds the beneficiary of the old man's past kindness to that individual. Shamed, the mob disperses, Lon Backett leading the way. Afterwards, John picks up the pages Josiah had read and, seeing nothing written on them, says it's not a will. Josiah replies, "It's the will of God."


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  • Joel McCrea as Josiah Doziah Gray
  • Ellen Drew as Harriet Gray
  • Dean Stockwell as John Kenyon
  • Alan Hale, Sr. as Jed Isbell
  • Lewis Stone as Dr. Daniel Kalbert Harris, Sr.
  • James Mitchell as Dr. Daniel Kalbert Harris, Jr.
  • Amanda Blake as Faith Radmore Samuels. (Blake and James Arness would be reunited five years later as the stars of the long-running television western Gunsmoke.)
  • Juano Hernandez as Uncle Famous Prill
  • Charles Kemper as Professor Sam Houston Jones, a good-natured medicine show huckster
  • Connie Gilchrist as Sarah Isbell
  • Ed Begley as Lon Backett
  • Jack Lambert as Perry Lokey
  • Arthur Hunnicutt as Chloroform Wiggins
  • James Arness as Jed's son (uncredited)
  • Reception

    According to MGM records the film earned $1,962,000 in the US and Canada and $184,000 overseas, resulting in a profit of $225,000.

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