Edgar Buchanan enjoys a rare top-billed assignment in Lippert's The Silver Star. The film's leading man, however, is one Earle Lyon, who also produced the picture. Lyon plays a reluctant sheriff who turns tail and runs when three outlaws come to town intending to do him in. Ultimately, Lyon is shamed into behaving like a man by his predecessor Edgar Buchanan. As can be seen, Silver Star manages to emulate the High Noon formula without resorting to outright imitation. Lon Chaney Jr., one of the supporting players in High Noon, is third-billed in Silver Star as Lyon's disgruntled political opponent, while Marie Windsor registers well in a less aggressive characterization than usual.
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