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Desert Fury (1947)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  15 August 1947 (USA)
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The daughter of a Nevada casino owner gets involved with a racketeer, despite everyone's efforts to separate them.



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Complete credited cast:
Tom Hanson
Johnny Ryan
Fritzi Haller
Kristine Miller ...
Claire Lindquist
William Harrigan ...
Judge Berle Lindquist
James Flavin ...
Sheriff Pat Johnson
Jane Novak ...
Mrs. Lindquist
Anna Camargo ...


Fritzi Haller is a powerful casino owner in Chuckawalla, Nevada. Her daughter Paula (having quit school) returns at the same time as racketeer Eddie Bendix, who left under suspicion of murdering his wife. Paula and Eddie become involved; each for their own reasons, Fritzi, Paula's old beau Tom, and Eddie's pal Johnny try to break up the relationship. Then Eddie's past catches up with him in an unexpected way. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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15 August 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desert Town  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 12, 1948 with Lizabeth Scott, Wendell Corey, Mary Astor and Burt Lancaster reprising their film roles. See more »


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Lots of fury and lots of Technicolor in early film noir...
27 December 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Probably the most distinguished feature of DESERT FURY is the spectacular Technicolor Paramount lavished on it, a story of personal conflicts among Nevada's gambling set. Another distinguished feature is MARY ASTOR as Fritzi, a hard-boiled dame who runs a gambling establishment and keeps a tight leash on her willful daughter (LIZABETH SCOTT). Scott is strikingly photographed and reminded me of a more animated version of Veronica Lake.

But complications arise when two men pay too much attention to Astor's daughter--JOHN HODIAK (a no good hunk who may or may not have murdered his wife) and BURT LANCASTER as a wary police officer who keeps Lizabeth Scott on his radar at all times.

It's fun as melodrama, nothing more or less, and at times achieves something of a camp classic with Astor's butch performance as she effortlessly steals the film's acting honors. Take it or leave it, it's all in good, steamy fun with lots of fury going on under those hot Technicolor lights.

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