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David O. Selznick (screenplay)
Niven Busch (suggested by a novel by)
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Release Date:
12 September 1947 (Mexico) See more »
Emotions . . . As Violent As The Wind-Swept Prairie ! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jennifer Jones ... Pearl Chavez

Joseph Cotten ... Jesse McCanles

Gregory Peck ... Lewton 'Lewt' McCanles

Lionel Barrymore ... Sen. Jackson McCanles

Herbert Marshall ... Scott Chavez

Lillian Gish ... Laura Belle McCanles

Walter Huston ... The Sinkiller

Charles Bickford ... Sam Pierce

Harry Carey ... Lem Smoot
Joan Tetzel ... Helen Langford

Tilly Losch ... Mrs. Chavez

Butterfly McQueen ... Vashti
Scott McKay ... Sid

Otto Kruger ... Mr. Langford

Sidney Blackmer ... The Lover

Charles Dingle ... Sheriff Hardy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Griff Barnett ... The Bordertown Jailer (uncredited)

Hank Bell ... McCanles Ranch Hand (uncredited)

Edward Biby ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Johnny Bond ... Cowhand at Barbecue (uncredited)

Lovyss Bradley ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Nora Bush ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Lane Chandler ... Fence-Line Cavalry Captain (uncredited)
George Chung ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Tex Cooper ... Square Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Cordell ... Sid (uncredited)
Dice ... Dice / Horse (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... Train Engineer (uncredited)
Steve Dunhill ... Jake (uncredited)
Slim Gaut ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Si Jenks ... Dance-Floor Cowboy (uncredited)
Carmencita Johnson ... Dancer in party scene (uncredited)

Jack Kenny ... Barfly (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Gambler (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Kermit Maynard ... Barfly (uncredited)

Francis McDonald ... Gambler (uncredited)

Robert McKenzie ... Bartender Zeke (uncredited)

Robert Milasch ... Barfly (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Train Fireman (uncredited)
Rose Plumer ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Townsman (uncredited)

Bert Roach ... Barbecue Guest (uncredited)
Lloyd Shaw ... Barbecue Dance Caller (uncredited)

Al Taylor ... Cowboy at Barbecue (uncredited)

Orson Welles ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Dan White ... Ed, the Wrangler (uncredited)

Guy Wilkerson ... Dance-Floor Cowboy (uncredited)

Hank Worden ... Dance- Floor Cowboy (uncredited)

Directed by
King Vidor 
Otto Brower (uncredited)
William Dieterle (uncredited)
Sidney Franklin (uncredited)
William Cameron Menzies (uncredited)
David O. Selznick (uncredited)
Josef von Sternberg (uncredited)
Writing credits
David O. Selznick (screenplay)

Niven Busch (suggested by a novel by)

Oliver H.P. Garrett (adaptation)

Ben Hecht  uncredited

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... producer
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes (director of photography)
Ray Rennahan (director of photography)
Harold Rosson (director of photography) (as Hal Rosson)
Casting by
Ruth Burch (uncredited)
Production Design by
J. McMillan Johnson 
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett 
Makeup Department
Margaret Martin .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Gale McGarry .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Robert Stephanoff .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Fred Ahern .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Glenn Cook .... unit manager (uncredited)
Charles L. Glett .... general manager (uncredited)
Richard Johnston .... production manager (uncredited)
William McGarry .... unit manager (uncredited)
Argyle Nelson .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Otto Brower .... second unit director
B. Reeves Eason .... second unit director (as Reaves Eason)
Lowell J. Farrell .... assistant director
Bert Chervin .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Harvey Dwight .... assistant director (uncredited)
Arthur Fellows .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Chester M. Franklin .... second unit director (uncredited)
William Cameron Menzies .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
John Ewing .... associate art director
Emile Kuri .... interior decorator
John Brent .... property master (uncredited)
Arden Cripe .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Harold Fenton .... construction superintendent (uncredited)
Roy McLaughlin .... greensman (uncredited)
Josef von Sternberg .... visual consultant (uncredited)
Fred Widdowson .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Richard DeWeese .... recordist (as Richard De Weese)
James G. Stewart .... sound director
Charles L. Freeman .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Clarence Slifer .... special effects
Charles L. Freeman .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Spencer Bagdatopolis .... matte painter (uncredited)
Jack Cosgrove .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Harold Grigg .... visual effects camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Hansard .... chief effects projectionist (uncredited)
Hans Ledeboer .... matte painter (uncredited)
Owen Marsh .... visual effects assistant cameraman (uncredited)
Jack Shaw .... matte painter (uncredited)
Clarence Slifer .... visual effects cinematographer (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Vivian Lopez .... riding double: Jennifer Jones (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles P. Boyle .... additional photography
Raymond Bahns .... key grip (uncredited)
Allen M. Davey .... additional cinematographer (uncredited)
Eddie Fitzgerald .... camera operator (uncredited)
Madison S. Lacy .... still photographer (uncredited)
Owen Marsh .... assistant camera: visual effects (uncredited)
Edward Petzoldt .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Homer Plannette .... gaffer (uncredited)
Morris Rosen .... key grip (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Al St. Hilaire .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harry Webb .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Harry Apperson .... master drapes (uncredited)
Frank Beetson Jr. .... wardrobe superintendent (uncredited)
Elmer Ellsworth .... wardrobe superintendent (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Ann Peck .... wardrobe superintendent (uncredited)
Editorial Department
John Faure .... associate film editor
Hal C. Kern .... supervising film editor
William H. Ziegler .... associate film editor (as Wm. Ziegler)
Noel Coppleman .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Wayland M. Hendry .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... conductor
Lucien Cailliet .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George C. Emick .... music editor (uncredited)
Herschel Burke Gilbert .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Audrey Granville .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Jester Hairston .... choral director (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Tamkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... color director
Tilly Losch .... solo dances creator
Morgan Padelford .... associate color director
Lydia Schiller .... scenario assistant
David O. Selznick .... presenter: his production in Technicolor of
Lloyd Shaw .... group dances
Fred Andrews .... technical advisor: guns and gunplay (uncredited)
Adele Cannon .... script clerk (uncredited)
Charles Ellison .... technical advisor: barbeque scene (uncredited)
Joel Freeman .... production clerk (uncredited)
Ann Harris .... researcher (uncredited)
J.T. Harris .... technical advisor: ranch life details (uncredited)
Walter Haven .... technical advisor: railroad construction (uncredited)
Philip Kieffer .... technical advisor: cavalry charge (uncredited)
Paul MacNamara .... publicity director (uncredited)
Ralph McCutcheon .... horse trainer (uncredited)
Ralph McCutcheon .... technical advisor: ranch life details (uncredited)
Donna M. Norridge .... script clerk (uncredited)
Agnes Pottage .... script clerk (uncredited)
Carl Preed .... technical advisor: barroom scenes (uncredited)
Lloyd Shaw .... technical advisor: 19th-century dances (uncredited)
Dan White .... technical advisor: Texas dialect (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"King Vidor's Duel in the Sun" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
"Lust in the Dust" - USA (informal title)
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USA:144 min (roadshow version) | USA:129 min | West Germany:138 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:SOA (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Italy:VM16 | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1992) (1996) (2008) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #11649) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

In his condemned cell, Scott Chavez quotes from Quatrain xxvi of Edward FitzGerald's translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Kayyam: "One thing is certain and the rest is Lies / The Flower that once has blown forever dies."See more »
Factual errors: When the Cavalry rides off after intimidating McCanles from attacking the railroad because as the Senator says "I fought to defend that flag (the Stars and Stripes)", the music played is "Bonnie Blue Flag", which was an anthem of the Confederacy.See more »
Lewt McCanles:You double-crossin' bobcat.See more »
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29 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Bawdy, Overacted Sexual Western, 16 May 2002
Author: guil fisher from New York City, NY

Well, it's no Gone With The Wind. Selznick, again, features his wife, Jennifer Jones, in a different role than the usual wholesome roles she was expected to do. Portrait Of Jennie, Since You Went Away and Song of Bernadette. Jones has a bad habit of over-acting if allowed to do so. Example is Tender Is The Night, Man In A Grey Flannel Suit, Ruby Gentry and Love Letters. It takes a strong director to tone her down. King Vidor lost control of her in this or Selznick had too much control. Her performance consisted of a low gutteral voice and a sashaying walk. Not much else.

On the other hand, excellent supporting roles were played by Lionel Barrymore and Lilian Gish. They stole the picture in this viewer's opinion. Gregory Peck and Joseph Cotton went through the paces of what they were asked to do as rivalry brothers. But you kind of knew their hearts weren't in it. Then there was the presence of Butterfly McQueen in her usual Gone With The Wind type performance. Charles Bickford in an undistinguished role was wasted as was Herbert Marshall and Sidney Blackner [all good actors]. An impressive cast when the titles came on, but what followed was not what you wanted to see.

I got tired of seeing Jennifer Jones strutting about making faces of some indian half-breed. Boring. Oh, I liked the horse [the pinto] that she rode. He was terrific. Best to see this on video. Doesn't come off that bad. But it is a cornball western farce.

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