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Desert Fury (1947)

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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:
John Hodiak ...
Eddie Bendix
Paula Haller
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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nevada | casino | racketeer | bridge | murder | See more »


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Release Date:

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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In Feb. 1958, a reissue of this film was in wide release by Paramount on a double bill with another western, California (1947). See more »


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25 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The main town used in this movie is Cottonwood AZ, I know because I live here. My husbands family are pioneers of Sedona and the Verde Vally area. Cottonwood is about bout 5 minutes from where the bridge scene was used at (Tuziegoot)filming was actually at lower Clarkdale area by the Verde River. The Jail, Drugstore, main street, Purple Sage(was Rusty's Bar in old town Cottonwood, in fact Rusty changed the name of his bar to the Purple sage after that movie was filmed there). Scenes of the ranch and out on the roads are at West Sedona, and Big Park by Sedona. We also have a street named Chuckawalla because of this movie. It's really amazing to see what it looked like compared to now days. They give historical tours in old town and Desert Fury is on their pamphlet. It was a big bootlegging town in the prohibition days that made it so popular. Cottonwood was called "the biggest little city in Arizona".

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