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The Duel at Silver Creek (1952)

Approved | | Western | 1 August 1952 (USA)
Marshal Tyrone and the Silver Kid form an uneasy alliance against a gang of claim jumpers.

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Rod Lacy
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A gang of claim jumpers is infesting the territory, gaining ownership of undermanned mining operations through extortion...and leaving no live witnesses. But one victim, quick-drawing gambler Luke Cromwell, escapes. Meanwhille, Marshal Lightnin' Tyrone is also after the gang; recovering from one raid, he meets femme fatale Opal Lacy, who may not be healthy for him to know. When Luke, now calling himself the Silver Kid, joins forces with Marshal Tyrone, the gang had better watch out ...unless something drives a wedge between the new allies. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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When 'Pop' Muzik is shot, immediately as the dead body is shown, the hand is seen to be moving. See more »

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Marshal Lightning Tyrone: [to Blake] If you're in Silver City after sundown, Rat-Face, I'll throw you in jail.
[He throws him through store window]
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With beautiful color and too much action, this little Western is nice to watch…
18 November 2007 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

Don Siegel's "Duel at Silver Creek" opens with vicious gang of claim jumpers let by a killer called Rod Lacy (Gerald Mohr) who'd been forcing miners to sign away their claims through fear of torture or death…

These claim jumpers were clever enough not to capture some of the bigger mines where there might be enough men working to put up a fight… Usually they picked on the claims being worked by one or two men… And more defenseless the men were, the better they liked it… Their plan was simple and easy because no one knew who they were…

Since their victims either disappeared, or were found dead, there wasn't anyone who could put their finger on them…

One day, in the Tomahawks, the same gang forced Cromwell's old man to sign over the little claim he had and then they killed him… Luke went after them and managed to get one of them before they shot his horse out from under him…

Then a few miles of Silver City, jumpers moved in and killed an old man who struck it rich… As usual they made a clean getaway but this time they left a trail…

The Marshal of Silver City decided to get up a posse to track them down but the posse lost them in the chase and he took a bullet through his right shoulder… So he was dropped off at the army hospital in Fort Lowell and they went back to town… There Lightning met Opal Lacey who promised "Brown Eyes" she's going to find him a nuisance when he gets back in one week…

Audie Murphy plays Silver Kid/Luke Cromwell… He didn't have the face of a killer but he had the cold steel look of one… His hands are quick and sure…All he knows is how to handle a six-gun and poker…

Faith Domergue plays Opal Lacy, the elegant woman with a secret agenda and a brother who's a mining engineer…

Stephen McNally plays the famous Marshal who wasn't interested in the Kid's poker, but he was interested in the way he handled a six-gun… He needed a right hand and he had the fastest one he ever saw… He didn't see it dangerous to make him his deputy…

Susan Cabot plays Dusty Fargo, the innocent girl who takes care of the Marshal better than many a wife he knows…

Eugene Iglesias plays Johnny Sombrero, the hypocrite man who looks mighty happy about something… maybe for the 'gift' of love he just made that night to prove he'd accomplished it to the girl he wants…


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