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Belle Starr (1941)





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20th Century-Fox mixed together elements of its own Jesse James and Selznick's Gone with the Wind, and the resultant brew was Belle Starr. Looking precisely nothing like the real Belle, Gene Tierney plays the title role, whom the screenplay suggests was the daughter of a Southern aristocrat. When those Damn Yankees march in and appropriate Belle's land, she heads to Missouri and joins forces with a Confederate guerilla fighter (Randolph Scott). Belle marries the man, and together they become outlaws, hoping to avenge the fallen South. For reasons best known to the studio, Belle Starr is overloaded with offensive African American stereotypes, including the faithful old ex-slave (George Reed) who narrates the story.


Gene Tierney
as Miss Belle / Belle Starr
Randolph Scott
as Sam Starr
Dana Andrews
as Maj. Thomas Crail
Chill Wills
as Blue Duck
Louise Beavers
as Mammy Lou
Olin Howland
as Jasper Tench
Paul E. Burns
as Sergeant
Joe Sawyer
as John Cole
Howard Hickman
as Col. Thornton
Charles Trowbridge
as Col. Bright
James Flavin
as Sergeant
Mae Marsh
as Preacher's Wife
Kermit Maynard
as Union Officer
Joe Downing
as Jim Cole
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Critic Reviews for Belle Starr

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

As to Gene Tierney, the spirited Belle, it is a thousand pities that she remained undiscovered during the search for the perfect Scarlett O'Hara.

June 3, 2021 | Full Review…

The questionable narrative is not all that's wrong with this production, as a miscast Gene Tierney is too delicate an actress to pass for a gunslinger.

April 13, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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