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The Mississippi Gambler (1953)

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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Cast

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Mark Fallon
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Angelique 'Leia' Dureau
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Ann Conant (as Julia Adams)
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Kansas John Polly
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Edmond Dureau
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Laurent Dureau
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George Elwood
Ralph Dumke ...
F. Montague Caldwell
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Gov. Paul Monet
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Pierre Loyette
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Andre Brion
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Meet the fabulous Mark Fallon ... his game is fancy women ... and his fate is Lady Luck ! See more »


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10 April 1953 (France)  »

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Der Held vom Mississippi  »

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Film debut of Anita Ekberg. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Gambler from Natchez (1954) See more »

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DE LAWD'S PLAN
Written by Henry Mancini and Frank Skinner
Lyrics Frederick Herbert
Sung by LeRoi Antoine
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Gambler wins by playing honestly at cards and love

Tyrone Power does a fine turn as a gambler who prevails at cards and life by playing honestly at both. Director Billy Wilder later used Power's talent at playing the honest-joe in Witness for the Prosecution. In the latter movie, Power's characterization is richer and more nuanced than here(but you'll need to see Witness to find out why!). Seton I. Miller, the chief screenwriter for Mississippi Gambler, worked with Powers in an earlier movie, The Black Swan. Both movies feature a dance sequence highlighting black "ethnic" musicians and dancers. Gwen Verdon provides the dancing talent in Mississippi Gambler. Worth watching for the lavish costumes, detailed sets, and excellent cast. Sadly, by the time this movie was made, Power had lost the aura that caused him to shine as a younger star.


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