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Duel in the Sun (1946)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Romance, Western  |  12 September 1947 (Mexico)
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Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jesse McCanles
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Sen. Jackson McCanles
Herbert Marshall ...
Scott Chavez
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The Sinkiller
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Sam Pierce
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Lem Smoot
Joan Tetzel ...
Helen Langford
Tilly Losch ...
Mrs. Chavez
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Vashti
Scott McKay ...
Sid
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Mr. Langford
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The Lover
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Storyline

When her father is hanged for shooting his wife and her lover, half-breed Pearl Chavez goes to live with distant relatives in Texas. Welcomed by Laura Belle and her elder lawyer son Jesse, she meets with hostility from the ranch-owner himself, wheelchair-bound Senator Jackson McCanles, and with lustful interest from womanising, unruly younger son Lewt. Almost at once, already existing family tensions are exacerbated by her presence and the way she is physically drawn to Lewt. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

FURIOUS, UNFORGETTABLE LOVE! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Release Date:

12 September 1947 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

King Vidor's Duel in the Sun  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$20,400,000 (USA)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(roadshow)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Selznick's constant rewrites of completed scenes and insistence on reshoots caused director King Vidor to quit and be replaced by William Dieterle although Vidor and Selznick still remained friends. See more »

Goofs

The opening scene shows saguaro cacti in the valley. The film is supposed to take place in Texas, but southern Arizona is the only place in the US with saguaro cacti. See more »

Quotes

Sen. Jackson McCanles: So that's where you stand!
Jesse McCanles: I think I'd rather be on the side of the victims than of the murderers.
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Connections

Remade as Lust in the Dust (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bonnie Blue Flag
(uncredited)
Traditional Irish tune, lyrics by Harry McCarthy
Heard as the cavalry leave the railway confrontation
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More Drama Than Western
2 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For those who prefer soap operas instead of horse operas, this western might be for you. If you prefer the normal action-packed western you'll still might enjoy this if you have the patience to go past the first hour. The second half of the this far more interesting.

Jennifer Jones, who became famous playing some wholesome roles in the '40s, was the definition of "sultry" in this movie. She really demonstrates the weakness of the flesh that human beings deal with many times. She wants to be good, but succumbs quickly to temptations almost every time.

Gregory Peck also plays against type, playing an arrogant pig in this movie. It was the first time I had ever seen him play the bad guy, and it looked strange. Lionel Barrymore also shines as the bigoted tyrant-type father. Who was the "good guy?" Joseph Cotten, who almost always gives a good performance as the other actors just named. Add Herbert Marshall, Lillian Gish, Walter Huston and Charles Bickford and you have some cast!

Some of the cinematography is nice, too, reminiscent of film noirs with the shadows and light and a number of night scenes.

Yet, despite all these positive things going for it, it is not a film I would watch many times because it drags in spots and is too long (app. 2 hours, 20 minutes). It also gave a cheap shot to the traveling lay preacher in here, but that's nothing new in films.

All in all, not one of my favorites. I guess I would rather see Jones and Peck play "good guys."


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