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The Mississippi Gambler (1953)

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In 1854, Mississippi riverboat honest card gambler Mark Fallon wins young Laurent Dureau's diamond necklace family heirloom which, in the end, will bring him happiness and tragedy alike.



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Complete credited cast:
Mark Fallon
Angelique 'Leia' Dureau
Ann Conant (as Julia Adams)
Kansas John Polly
Edmond Dureau
John Baer ...
Laurent Dureau
Ron Randell ...
George Elwood
Ralph Dumke ...
F. Montague Caldwell
Robert Warwick ...
Gov. Paul Monet
William Reynolds ...
Pierre Loyette
Andre Brion


Mark Fallon, with partner Kansas John Polly, tries to introduce honest gambling on the riverboats. His first success makes enemies of the crooked gamblers and of fair Angelique Dureau, whose necklace he won. Later in New Orleans, Mark befriends Angelique's father, but she still affects to despise him as his gambling career brings him wealth. Duelling, tragedy, and romantic complications follow. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Release Date:

10 April 1953 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Der Held vom Mississippi  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 1, 1954 with Tyrone Power reprising his film role. See more »


Written by Henry Mancini and Frank Skinner
Lyrics Frederick Herbert
Sung by LeRoi Antoine
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Pleasant saga of honest gambler and eccentric family entanglement

This is a pleasant drama with Power playing an unusual man of honor, a gambler who desires to open a gambling casino in New Orleans that will be strictly honest. He becomes involved with a local family, the Dureaus, the patriarch of which is a noble and honest gentlemen who is plagued with two headstrong children. Piper Laurie plays the spoiled daughter who is in love with Power but won't admit it. John Baer plays the nasty brother who is a compulsive gambler and a coward to boot. Baer is quite a handsome young actor - one wonders what became of him. There are duels, double crosses, runs on banks, you name it. It amounts to very little but is certainly consistently entertaining. John McIntyre does well as Power's crusty sidekick. The film earned a single Oscar nom - for Sound - although there was nothing special about this category achievement. It deserved but did not get noms for Art Direction, Costume Design and Score. By the way, watch for Gwen Verdon, doused in Lena Horne's "light Egyptian" make-up in a solo voodoo dance. All in all, pleasant but don't go out of your way.

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