Star in the Dust

Star in the Dust

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Charles F. Haas
Produced by Albert Zugsmith
Screenplay by Oscar Brodney
Starring John Agar
Mamie Van Doren
Richard Boone
Music by Frank Skinner
Cinematography John L. Russell Jr.
Edited by Ray Snyder
Universal International
Distributed by Universal International
Release dates
  • June 13, 1956 (1956-06-13) (United States)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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

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 is probably most notable today for marking an early appearance of Clint Eastwood, although he 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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