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Belle Starr (1941)

Approved | | Western | 12 September 1941 (USA)
At the end of the Civil War, an embittered Southern belle joins forces with a Confederate guerrilla leader to raid Union towns.

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writers:

Lamar Trotti (screenplay), Niven Busch (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Sam Starr
Gene Tierney ... Belle Shirley / Belle Starr
Dana Andrews ... Major Thomas Crail
Shepperd Strudwick ... Ed Shirley (as John Shepperd)
Elizabeth Patterson ... Sarah
Chill Wills ... Blue Duck
Louise Beavers ... Mammy Lou
Olin Howland ... Jasper Trench
Paul E. Burns ... Sergeant (as Paul Burns)
Joe Sawyer ... John Cole (as Joseph Sawyer)
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Jim Cole (as Joseph Downing)
Howard Hickman ... Colonel Thornton
Charles Trowbridge ... Colonel Bright
James Flavin ... Sergeant
Charles Middleton ... Carpetbagger
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Storyline

The setting is the Civil War and its aftermath. Belle's family has lost their land to Yankees. She marries Confederate guerilla leader Sam Starr and they continue activities against exploiters until she is shot riding to alert Sam to a trap. Highly romanticized and little connection with history. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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First of the West's Flaming "Gun-Molls"! The Petticoat Terror of the Ozarks! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Belle Starr 'The Bandit Queen' See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 1950, 20th Century Fox reissued this film on a bill with Guadalcanal Diary (1943) and The Purple Heart (1944). See more »

Goofs

Sam Steele was not only never in the Confederate army, he was a Native American. In fact, the version presented in "Stories of the Century" was a lot closer to the mark than was Randolph Scott's version. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Thomas Grail: I'll hang him from the highest tree... and his friends with him.
Belle Shirley, later Belle Starr: Wouldn't that require a great deal of rope?
Maj. Thomas Grail: Fortunately, we have an ample supply.
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Featured in 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994) See more »

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Gene Tierney auditions, badly, and 2 years too late, for Scarlett O'Hara.
4 August 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

This shoddy little production is a cheap and pale imitation of "Gone With the Wind", with a horribly mis-cast Gene Tierney struggling with accent and script. Randolph Scott and Dana Andrews don't help by being planks of wood.

Still Gene looks great, and the costumes are nice, - but the whole thing is so unbelievable. And so obviously designed to capitalise on the success of GWTW, even down to the Mammie character played here well by Louise Beavers. And the film is very racist - almost like "Birth of A Nation" - with the newly liberated blacks portrayed as getting above their station and, in one scene, getting chased out of town by Gene and Randolph.


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