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Belle Starr (film)

Belle Starr is a 1941 American Western film directed by Irving Cummings and starring Randolph Scott, Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, and Shepperd Strudwick. Written by Lamar Trotti and based on a story by Niven Busch and Cameron Rogers, it was produced by Kenneth Macgowan for 20th Century Fox, and shot in Technicolor.[1]

Belle Starr
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byIrving Cummings
Produced byKenneth Macgowan
Screenplay byLamar Trotti
Story by
Music byAlfred Newman
Edited byFrederick Wilson
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • September 12, 1941 (1941-09-12) (USA)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States

The movie is very loosely based on the life of 19th-century American outlaw Belle Starr. It was the fourth film and the third sound film to portray Starr on the screen, but it was the first major Hollywood production to do so. Its success led to many more such portrayals, although the real Starr was fairly obscure during her lifetime.


After her family's mansion is burned down by Yankee soldiers for hiding the rebel leader Captain Sam Starr (Randolph Scott), Belle Shirley (Gene Tierney) vows to take revenge. Breaking Starr out of prison, she joins his small guerrilla group for a series of raids on banks and railroads, carpetbaggers and enemy troops. Belle's bravado during the attacks earns her a reputation among the locals as well as the love of Starr himself. The pair get married, but their relationship starts to break down when Sam Starr lets a couple of psychotic rebels into the gang, leaving Belle to wonder if he really cares about the Southern cause.



  1. ^ "Belle Starr (1941)". The New York Times. Retrieved February 18, 2014.

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