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The Light of Western Stars (1930)

A friend of Dick Bailey is killed by a mysterious assailant, whom Dick suspects to be Stack, who is in league with the crooked sheriff. Out on a spree Dick swears he will marry the first ... See full summary »


Zane Grey (novel), Grover Jones (adaptation) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Richard Arlen ... Dick Bailey
Mary Brian ... Ruth Hammond
Harry Green ... Plotz aka Pie-Pan
Regis Toomey ... Bob Drexell
Fred Kohler ... H.W. Stack
Guy Oliver ... Sheriff Grip Jarvis


A friend of Dick Bailey is killed by a mysterious assailant, whom Dick suspects to be Stack, who is in league with the crooked sheriff. Out on a spree Dick swears he will marry the first woman he sees, who happens to be Ruth Hammond, sister of his dead friend, arriving to take charge of the Hammond ranch. Revolted by his rough proposal,she fires him as the Hammond foreman and she proceeds to the ranch. Stack informs her he has purchased the ranch for the payment of the back-due taxes, and she relents and rehires Dick and his friends to aid her in her fight against Stack. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Another rousing talking Western! See more »









Release Date:

19 April 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Estrelas do Ocidente See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


As 'Winning the West,' this film was first telecast in Detroit Friday 19 February 1954 on WXYZ (Channel 7) and in New York City Tuesday 4 May 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2). In San Francisco, it first hit the airwaves Monday 4 July 1955 on KPIX (Channel 5). See more »


Remade as The Light of Western Stars (1940) See more »

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Richard Arlen in a Zane Grey Story
7 December 2007 | by drednmSee all my reviews

This unassuming little Western from 1930 has a little of everything. The narrative structure is very interesting.

Story opens with a saloon full of men, including Richard Arlen. He's been on a drunk since his pal was shot and killed. He just can't get over it. But on that day's train comes the dead man's sister (Mary Brian), who's come to claim his ranch. Arlen (very drunk) runs into her on a sidewalk and tries to pick her up. She's alone in a strange town and terrified, but she gets away.

The next day Arlen shows up at the ranch with three pals, looking for work. She throws them out when she recognizes the drunk from the night before. A little later, another man (Fred Kohler) shows up to inform her the ranch is his because he paid the back taxes. He suggests they might make a deal and starts advancing on her when Arlen returns, fights with Kohler and chases him off.

From that point, it's up to Arlen to defeat Kohler and the crooked sheriff and ride off into the sunset with the girl.

This is a very straightforward story and the look of the film reminds of the old silent Westerns of William S. Hart. Nothing is gussied up: Brian wears plain dresses and the town looks like a wind-blown Old West town.

Arlen was never a great actor, but he's good in simple roles like this. Brian seems still to be struggling with dialog. The ethnic comic Harry Green shows up as a Jewish peddler. George Chandler, Syd Saylor, and Regis Toomey co-star.

Only an hour long, but a neat little film.

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