Stars in My Crown (1950) |  WBshop.com | Warner Bros.

Stars in My Crown (1950)

A minister and his small-town Southern congregation find the inner strength to lay down arms and rebuild their lives and their town after the devastation of the United States Civil War.



Free shipping icon GET FREE SHIPPING ON THIS ITEM! Learn How

Ships to U.S. only. 

Made To Order DVD
Genre:   Drama
Rating:
Director:   Jacques Tourneur
Cast:   Joel Mccrea, Ellen Drew, Dean Stockwell, Alan Hale, Lewis Stone, James Mitchell, Juano Hernandez, Charles Kemper
Theatrical Release Date:   05/11/1950
Item#
Product:
Qty:
Price:
 
1000190726
Stars in My Crown (1950)
Price:$15.59
$19.99
(save 22%)

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Stars In My Crown
 
4.6

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Emotionally engaging (5)
  • Engaging characters (5)
  • Original story (5)
  • Talented cast (4)
  • Great cinematography (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • At home (5)
    • Adult viewers (3)
    • Perfect gift (3)
    • Younger viewers (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Movie buff (5)

    Reviewed by 9 customers

    Sort by

    Displaying reviews 1-9

    Back to top

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Inspiring story, great acting all around

    By Bernard the movie buff

    from Monterey Park, CA

    About Me Movie Buff

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Emotionally Engaging
    • Engaging Characters
    • Talented Cast

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Adult Viewers
      • At Home
      • In The Car
      • Perfect Gift
      • Special Needs
      • Travel
      • Younger Viewers

      Comments about Stars In My Crown:

      Joel McCrea in a very unusual western ! Dean
      Stockwell at his adorable best !

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Feel Good Movie from the Past

      By Col Jim

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Casual Viewer

      Pros

      • Broad Appeal
      • Emotionally Engaging
      • Engaging Characters
      • Original Story

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • At Home
        • Younger Viewers

        Comments about Stars In My Crown:

        I saw it as a boy and liked the music theme of this Joel McRae film.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Entertaining and Unconventional Western

        By November

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Movie Buff

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Emotionally Engaging
        • Engaging Characters
        • Great Cinematography
        • Original Story
        • Talented Cast

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Adult Viewers
          • At Home

          Comments about Stars In My Crown:

          1950 was an extremely strong year for American movies. Unfortunately, when you have such a year that produces the kind of classics everyone has either seen or heard of, a lot of fine movies get forgotten in the glow of the masterpieces. A prime example of this phenomenon is the western, STARS IN MY CROWN.
          STARS IN MY CROWN is a mature work of intelligence and thought. Although it is told from the viewpoint of a child, or an adult remembering his childhood, the film deals with such themes as the degradation of collective fears on a society, the need to live together even if we don't like each other, and the ugliness of violence against one another. And the film only takes 90 minutes to do it.
          What also works is the fine acting of the principals and supporting performers. Randolph Scott is the star, but as you watch the film, you understand that he and the films' creators have formed an ensemble character piece where each actor gets enough space to strengthen his or her part of the movie. Modern writers today could learn when to start and stop character arcs if they watched this movie a time or two.
          Another thing that makes this film such a unique western is that none of main characters use guns. I'm at a loss to remember when I even saw that in a western. There are plenty of opportunities where they could, but they don't. I won't expound much more on that, to find out- you'll have to watch the movie.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          4.5 stars in this crown!

          By movieboy

          from simi valley, ca

          About Me Casual Viewer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Broad Appeal
          • Emotionally Engaging
          • Engaging Characters
          • Great Cinematography
          • Original Story
          • Talented Cast

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Adult Viewers
            • At Home
            • Perfect Gift
            • Younger Viewers

            Comments about Stars In My Crown:

            A great family film about intolerance and change in small town America. not filled with tom sawyer-ish shenanigans, but it's mighty powerful just the same. a great compliment to Intruder in the Dark.

            DVD quality is first rate, with great audio and visual elements.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            stars in my crown

            By smitty

            from norfolk, VA

            About Me Movie Buff

            Pros

            • Emotionally Engaging
            • Engaging Characters
            • Great Cinematography
            • Original Story
            • Talented Cast

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • At Home
              • Perfect Gift

              Comments about Stars In My Crown:

              An outstanding movie that was left in the Warner Brother's vault way to long. One of the best old movies you can enjoy with the whole family.
              None made like this one anymore with braod appeal fro all ages.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Fine Performances, Not So Hot Plot

              By Bill

              from Lakewood, CO

              About Me Movie Buff

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Theater

                  Comments about Stars In My Crown:

                  Let me start by clearing up the misleading way this movie has been promoted and described in capsule reviews. This is NOT the story of a pistol-packing preacher, despite the image we see on all of the posters. The preacher only draws his guns once, at the very beginning of the movie, and he immediately puts them down. For the rest of the movie, he doesn't wear any guns at all. One of the "messages" of the film is that he handles problems without the use of guns or violence (although there is one brief and uncharacteristic exception involving a whip).

                  This is the kind of film that L.B. Mayer loved to make at MGM---full of genuine family values (not what we call "family values" today) and reflecting his view of the American Way of Life. This may have been the last such movie made at MGM, because the company was already dipping into noirish themes, and when Mayer was replaced the following year, MGM moved even further to the dark side.

                  While the overall themes of this movie are sometimes heavy (and heavy-handed), it is the small moments that make the movie worth watching. The interplay between the characters, all beautifully performed, is what gives us the feeling of real life, and allows us to overlook most of the plot's excesses. I want to draw special attention to the performance by young Dean Stockwell, one of the very best child actors of the period. Since the story is told from his perspective, we must believe that this is a small town kid who truly looks up to the preacher. Through a combination of excellent direction and his own acting skills, Stockwell becomes the credible center of the film.

                  Both the B&W picture and the mono sound are in very good condition and offer no distractions from the flow of the movie, although audiophiles may notice some slight crackles here and there.

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great Film But Irritating Online Service

                  By Irritated Customer

                  from Xanadu

                  About Me Avid Moviegoer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Original Story

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Stars In My Crown:

                      I enjoyed the film but I find WBOnline's ceaseless emails begging for a product review irritating. If WB wants me to write reviews then make me a job offer.

                      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Long awaited DVD!

                      By Becky

                      from Illinois

                      About Me Avid Reader

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Classic
                      • Inspirational

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Entertainment
                        • Everyone

                        Comments about Stars In My Crown:

                        It's great to finally find this movie on DVD. I ran across this movie on VHS in my local library a couple of years ago. I'm a fan of Joel Mcrea but had never heard of this movie so I thought I'd give it a try. Am I glad I did - wonderfully heart warming and family friendly. The last fifteen minutes are truly inspirational.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        The Tale Of A Frontier Parson

                        By Lloydville

                        from Las Vegas, NV

                        About Me Avid Reader, Movie Buff

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Classic
                        • Engaging
                        • Moving

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Entertainment
                          • Everyone

                          Comments about Stars In My Crown:

                          I've heard that both Joel McCrea and director Jacques Tourneur called this one of their favorites among all the films they made. It's the story of the life of a frontier parson stretching over the whole of his career in a small town -- honestly sentimental and moving, owing a lot to "How Green Was My Valley". A rare instance of religious faith treated with humor and real feeling -- nothing pious or moralizing about it. A minor classic.

                          Displaying reviews 1-9

                          Back to top

                          Facebook Twitter
                          Sign up for our latest news & special offers: