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directed by Jacques Tourneur
USA 1950


Folks in Walsburg may want to pay heed to the brace of pistols holstered onto Josiah Gray’s hips. In time, they may want to pay even more heed to the Bible in his hand. Gray (Joel McCrea) is the newly arrived parson in the woodsy post-Civil War Tennessee town. And the true test of his strength will come when, during his greatest and most dangerous challenge, he sets aside his six-shooters and relies on his faith. McCrea brings a quiet resolve to this touching tale burnished through the recall of the pastor’s impressionable nephew (Dean Stockwell). Based on the novel by Joe David Brown (who would later provide the source novel for Paper Moon), Stars in My Crown shines with a powerful, simple dignity.


Theatrical Release: 11 May 1950 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:29:03

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.2 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:13)

DVD Release Date: February 22nd, 2011
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Chapters 28



Stars in My Crown is not a shoot-em-up western that the film's original poster wants you to believe. It is a wonderful religious drama set in the late-1800's American South and is masterfully directed by Jacques Tourneur. The cast is headlined by Joel McCrea, Ellen Drew and 14-year-old Dean Stockwell.

This title was overdue to get a proper DVD release and Warner's MOD single-layered disc has a very good remastered transfer with deep blacks and decent grain level. There are some marks and specs, but they are not intrusive. Also, one scene at the end turned a different hue, but it's very brief (compare captures 7 and 8). The mono soundtrack is serviceable and there is a 2-minute trailer introduced by Joel McCrea. Warner Archive provide generous 28 chapters. A highly recommended release!

  - Gregory Meshman


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