One of the unsung glories of American cinema, Stars in My Crown was the only project that Tourneur—a director who famously took on any assignment the studio handed him—actively pursued. His passion for the material shines through in every lovingly composed frame of this glowingly nostalgic evocation of life, death, conflict, and community in a small western town in the mid-1800s, with Joel McCrea as the preacher whose idealism puts him at odds with the forces of prejudice and hate. A celebration of egalitarianism and a full-throated rebuke of racism, this serene western marries the frontier folklore of Twain with the transcendent spirituality of Dreyer.

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