Shooting began August 16, 1960 and completed on October 4, 1960
Premiered December 20,1960 in Los Angeles
Opened Nationally on December 21, 1960
Character: Pacer Burton
Producer: David Weisbart
Director: Don Siegel
Elvis' role in Flaming Star is a much more dramatical role. This movie tells the story of Native American racial intolerance in the Old West. Pacer Burton is the son of a white man and Kiowa mother who have lived without racial tension for many years, until the members of the Kiowa tribe massacre's the Burtons and their neighbors. Pacer becomes divided between his family loyalties and his tribal roots. When white settlers murder his mother, Pacer decides to join the Kiowa tribe. He finds himself confused and is unable to find peace with his Kiowa heritage nor his white heritage. This is compounded when his finds out about his father's death and his seriously wounded brother. He abandons the Kiowas to rescue his brother. He sends his brother back to town and prepares to battle with the Indians. The next morning Pacer returns to his brother wounded, to bid farewell because he has seen the flaming star of death and knows he must ride into the mountains to die.
"Flaming Star"-Sung over the opening credits.
"A Cane and a High Starched Collar"-Sung in the Burton's cabin during the first few minutes of the film.
"Britches" and "Summer Kisses, Winter Tears" were both cut from the film.
Burton - Elvis Presley
Clint Burton - Steve Forrest
Roslyn Pierce - Barbara Eden
Neddy Burton - Delores Del Rio
Sam Burton - John McIntire
Buffalo Horn - Rudolph Acosta
Dred Pierce - Karl Swenson
Doc Phillips - Ford Rainey
Angus Pierce - Richard Jaeckel
Dorothy Howard - Anne Benton
Tom Howard - L. Q. Jones
Will Howard - Douglas Dick
Jute - Tome Reese
PhSha Knay - Marian Goldina
Ben Ford - Monte Burkhart
Mr. Hornsby - Ted Jacques
Indian Brave - Rodd Redwing
Two Moons - Perry Lopez
Matt Holcom - Roy Jenson
1st Man at Crossing - Tom Fadden
2nd Man at Crossing - Griswold Green
3rd Man at Crossing - Tom Allen
4th Man at Crossing - Guy Way
5th Man at Crossing - Joe Brooks
6th Man at Crossing - William Herrin
Dottie Phillips - Barbara Beaird
Mrs. Phillips - Virginia Christine
Driver - Bob Adler
1st Brave - Lon Ballentyne
2nd Brave - Pat Hogan
3rd Brave - Foster Hood
Bird's Wing - Sharon Bercutt
Indian Chief - Larry Chance
Brave - Henry Anargo
Indian - Ray Beltram
Indian - Red West
Bit - Charles Horvath
Most of the film was filmed on three ranches in the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles, including the 8,000 acre Conejo Movie Ranch outside of Thousand Oaks, CA. Interiors were shot on Stage 14 at Twentieth Century-Fox.
There were numerous title changes before the film actually made it to the wide screen. Some of the titles were Flaming Lance, Flaming Heart, Black Star, Black Heart, and then finally Flaming Star.
Flaming Star was banned in South Africa because of strict racial laws. The film depicted Elvis as a half-breed son of a white father and an Indian mother.
Red West played the part of an Indian and while fighting with Elvis broke his arm.
"Britches," one of the songs cut from the film was originally sung while Elvis and Steve Forrest were riding together on horseback talking about Barbara Eden's character, Roslyn Pierce. Elvis referred to her as a gal who wore britches.
During filming Elvis suffered a fall from a runaway horse, however he was not injured.
Flaming Star reached #12 on Variety's weekly list of top-grossing films.
"Flaming Star" referred to the vision some Indians claimed to see as a sign of impending death.
Neddy Burton belonged to the Kiowa Indian tribe.
Lame Crow, the old man of the Kiowas, was Neddy's uncle.
The Kiowas had a name for Neddy Burton that meant "the thin woman who deserted her own people."
Neddy Burton's favorite Bible verse was Genesis 3:20, "And Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living."
Sam Burton gave Neddy's father a shotgun and a pound of black powder for her.
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