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The Light of Western Stars

The Light of Western Stars(1940)

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Zane Grey's novel was serialized in Munsey's Magazine in 1913. Ads for this picture bill it as a Harry Sherman Production, and although the onscreen credits do not list it as Sherman's personal production, Sherman's handwritten signature appears in the opening credits. The onscreen credits also note that the picture was based on a Zane Grey novel, but Screen Achievements Bulletin credits writer Norman Houston with both original story and screenplay. Three earlier films based on the Zane Grey novel were made. In 1918, Harry Sherman presented a version directed by Charles Swickard and starring Dustin Farnum for Sherman Productions (see AFI Catalog of Feature FIlms 1911-20; F1.2489). Famous Players-Lasky produced two other versions: a silent version in 1925 directed by William K. Howard and starring Billie Dove and Noah Beery; and a 1930 film directed by Otto Brower and starring Richard Arlen and Marie Brian (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.3069 and F2.3070.)