The Light of Western Stars (1930)

70 mins | Western | 19 April 1930

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HISTORY

In the Catalog of Copyright Entries, the film was mistakenly listed under the title The Light of Western Skies. For information on other adaptations of Zane Grey's novel, please consult the entry below for the 1940 Paramount film The Light of Western Stars, directed by Lesley Selander and starring Victor Jory and Jo Ann Sayers. ...

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In the Catalog of Copyright Entries, the film was mistakenly listed under the title The Light of Western Skies. For information on other adaptations of Zane Grey's novel, please consult the entry below for the 1940 Paramount film The Light of Western Stars, directed by Lesley Selander and starring Victor Jory and Jo Ann Sayers.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
30 Mar 1930
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New York Times
26 Apr 1930
p. 11
Variety
30 Apr 1930
p. 35
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Charles Lang
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Light of Western Stars by Zane Grey (New York, 1914).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The light of western stars
Release Date:
19 April 1930
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
17 April 1930
LP1247
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 5,035 ft.
Duration(in mins):
70
Length(in feet):
6,312
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Dick Bailey's best friend, a young rancher, is killed by a mysterious assailant, whom Dick suspects to be Stack, who is in league with a crooked sheriff. On a spree Dick swears that he will marry the first woman he sees, who happens to be Ruth Hammond, his dead friend's sister, who arrives to take charge of the ranch. Revolted by his rough proposal, she proceeds to the ranch, accompanied by Pie Pan, a local peddler, who offers to hire cowhands for her. When Stack comes to inform Ruth that he has purchased the property for the past-due taxes, Dick intervenes, and she relents and agrees to hire him and his friends. Dick "steals" the gold taken from his friend by the sheriff so as to pay the taxes; he is disheartened, however, by the arrival of Bob Drexell, Ruth's prospective suitor, but their conflict is averted by the posse arriving to arrest Dick. The posse is dispersed by a stampede, and Dick forces a confession from Stack. He wins Drexell's respect and the love of the ...

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Dick Bailey's best friend, a young rancher, is killed by a mysterious assailant, whom Dick suspects to be Stack, who is in league with a crooked sheriff. On a spree Dick swears that he will marry the first woman he sees, who happens to be Ruth Hammond, his dead friend's sister, who arrives to take charge of the ranch. Revolted by his rough proposal, she proceeds to the ranch, accompanied by Pie Pan, a local peddler, who offers to hire cowhands for her. When Stack comes to inform Ruth that he has purchased the property for the past-due taxes, Dick intervenes, and she relents and agrees to hire him and his friends. Dick "steals" the gold taken from his friend by the sheriff so as to pay the taxes; he is disheartened, however, by the arrival of Bob Drexell, Ruth's prospective suitor, but their conflict is averted by the posse arriving to arrest Dick. The posse is dispersed by a stampede, and Dick forces a confession from Stack. He wins Drexell's respect and the love of the girl.

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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