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Light of Western Stars
     

The Light of Western Stars

Director: Lesley Selander

Cast: Victor Jory, Jo Ann Sayers, Russell Hayden

 
Previous filmed three times (most recently in 1930), the 1940 Paramount production Light of Western Stars was the latest in the studio's "Zane Grey" series. Victor Jory earns a rare top-billing slot as Gene Stewart, a hard-drinking Westerner who is reformed through the love of Boston debutante Majesty Hammond (Jo Ann Sayers). Along the way, he tries to help

Overview

Previous filmed three times (most recently in 1930), the 1940 Paramount production Light of Western Stars was the latest in the studio's "Zane Grey" series. Victor Jory earns a rare top-billing slot as Gene Stewart, a hard-drinking Westerner who is reformed through the love of Boston debutante Majesty Hammond (Jo Ann Sayers). Along the way, he tries to help Majesty prevent the marriage of her headstrong brother Alfred (Russell Hayden) to the blowzy Flo Kingsley (Ruth Rogers). Noah Beery Jr. offers an unusual characterization as Stewart's Mexican (!) sidekick, while veteran Western hero Tom Tyler essays a meaty character role as a small-town sheriff. Also on hand in a teeny-tiny role is Alan Ladd, on the verge of bigger and better things.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
This is an unusually good and serious Western, especially given its short running time; the violence is presented seriously, and the action encompasses issues such as prejudice, racism, and personal responsibility, all material that was usually neglected in oaters of the era. The seriousness of the script is amplified by the excellent performances, not only by Victor Jory and Jo Ann Sayers in the two leading roles, but also by the supporting players, with Noah Beery Jr. doing very well in the role of a Mexican peasant who has some surprising personal qualities within the context of a genre movie of this type from this period. Director Lesley Selander also brought a surprisingly deft touch to the material, which could not have been budgeted very high in either money or shooting time.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/19/2006
UPC:
0012236201496
Original Release:
1940
Rating:
NR
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:05:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full screen presentation; English 2.0 Dolby Digital; Interactive menus; Digitally mastered; Scene selection; True Stories of Zane Grey: ; - Outdoor Adventures with an introduction by Loren Grey; - Fisherman's Pluck; - An American Legend

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Victor Jory Gene Stewart
Jo Ann Sayers Madeline "Majesty" Hammond
Russell Hayden Alfred Hammond
Morris Ankrum Nat Hayworth
Noah Beery Poco
John Farrell MacDonald Bill Stillwell
Ruth Rogers Flo Kingsley
Tom Tyler Sheriff Tom Hawes
Rad Robinson Monty
Eddie Dean Nels
Esther Estrella Bonita
Alan Ladd Saloon Cowhand
Georgia Hawkins Helen
Earl Askam Sneed
Lucio Villegas Marco

Technical Credits
Lesley Selander Director
Zane Grey Screenwriter
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Norman Houston Screenwriter
Lewis Rachmil Art Director
Sherman A. Rose Editor
Harry Sherman Producer
Victor Young Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Zane Grey Collection: Light of the Western Stars
1. Friendly Wager [18:04]
2. Woman Trouble [13:40]
3. Over the Border [12:48]
4. Gun Runners [20:02]
5. True Stories of Zane Grey [:00]

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