Man Without a Star

Synopsis: Dempsey Rae, a cowboy with no clear aim in life, winds up working on a spread with a hard lady owner just arrived from the East. She needs a tough new top hand and uses all her means of persuasion to get Rae to take the job. But he doesn't like the way the other settlers are getting treated and starts to side with them, despite their introduction of the barbed wire he loathes.
Genre: Western
Director(s): King Vidor
Production: Universal International Pictur
89 min


Who knows, who knows

Who knows which way is the right way goes

The night is dark and the way is far

for a man without a star.

Who knows, who knows

Who knows which way a whirlwind blows

Or where the trail of tomorrow goes

For a man without a star

It's just no sense to build and fence

Not if you like to wander.

Each hill I see is colony

Go yonder, yonder, yonder

Who knows, who knows?

Was I right, was I wrong the way I chose

The night is dark the way is far

for a man without a star.

The night is dark and the way is far

for a man without a star.

For a man without a star.

Come on, out of there!

Come on, hurry it up!

Now, hit the road.

- Road? What road?

- That's for you to worry about.

Well, a man could starve

before he ever found a house.

Well, that's something else

you gonna worry about.

- Now come on, move along.

- Don't do that.

Why you...!

Hmm, that's on me.

Wrong man, kid.

- Thanks.

- For what?

- I was under the wheel.

- You asked for it.

When you throw a punch

don't turn your back.

Hey, that's a good looking

saddle you got there.

Single rigging?

Yep, California style.

Me, I ride a Brazos double.

Double rig is better for rope.

That's why I do most of the rope.

- That's why I use a Brazos double rig.

- This is a Brazos double rig.

- Are you saying I'm a liar?

- You're saying it, kid. I ain't.

Alright, I was talking big.

I never did rope,

I never got the chance.

Always wanted to work cattle,

folks wouldn't let me go west.

Went off on your own, huh?

- You work cattle?

- Uh huh.

Why ain't you on a horse?

Ever tried riding from

Kansas City to Wyoming?

Ayy, good old Kansas City.

Good food, good liquor

and good looking women.

- Have you been to Kansas City?

- I was born there.

With all them good looking

women, why did you leave?

Why did you leave?

- I ran out of money.

- You still got your saddle.

Never sell that, kid.

Sitting another man's leather is

like wearing another man's boots.

Never sell your saddle.

Come up out of there!

- Come down and get me!

- Or maybe you think I won't?

All right, bud,

just hold your temper.

- Have you got the makin's?

- I got the what?

You answered me.

What are we doing, now?

Let's get some sleep, kid.

Look. Don't call me "kid",

my name's Jeff.

All right.

Get some sleep, Jeffrey.

Real pretty name, Jeffrey,

Real pretty.

Wake up, kid, Time to go.

- Thanks for the loan of the coat.

- What coat?

The one you got on.

- I woke up last night.

- You sure dream pretty dreams.

- Canter through light rug.

- Do what?

Do like I do.

Now watch me!

- Stay right where you are.

- I didn't do nothing.

Anybody say you did?

Why don't you lower the hammer?

We got no guns.

Tom, bring them down here!

- Is that all of them?

- Looks like.

All right, line up here.

Line up.

All right boys,

which one of you did it?

Did what?

- How did you get that?

- At a fight.

Who with?

With the brakeman. He

wanted to put me off back there.

And so you killed him.

And I collect the reward because

I'm the one that turned him out.

Now ain't you the lucky one.

Never hanged a man as young as

you son, I hope I'd never have to.

- Bring him in.

- Now, wait a minute.

- I didn't do it.

- Who did?

- I don't know.

- I do.

They wired ahead about the killing, huh?


They happen to say the

brakeman got caught up.

Come to think of it, they did.

The kid's got no knife.

He threw it away.

You ought to know better

a knife and never does that.

- Ask him.

- Why me?

Come on, you did

the cut and I saw it.

So did he. Now he's stupid enough to

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Borden Chase

Borden Chase (January 11, 1900 – March 8, 1971) was an American writer. more…

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