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Duel in the Sun ()


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Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad.

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  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.
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Pearl Chavez
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Jesse McCanles
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Lewton 'Lewt' McCanles
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Sen. Jackson McCanles
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Scott Chavez
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Laura Belle McCanles
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The Sinkiller
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Sam Pierce
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Lem Smoot
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Helen Langford
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Mrs. Chavez
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Vashti
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Sid
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Mr. Langford
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The Lover
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Sheriff Hardy
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The Bordertown Jailer (uncredited)
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McCanles Ranch Hand (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Cowhand at Barbecue (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Nora Bush ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Fence-Line Cavalry Captain (uncredited)
George Chung ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Square Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Cordell ...
Sid (uncredited)
Tom Daly ...
Cowboy (uncredited)
Dice ...
Dice / Horse (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ...
Train Engineer (uncredited)
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Jake (uncredited)
Slim Gaut ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Dance-Floor Cowboy (uncredited)
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Dancer in party scene (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ...
Gambler (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
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Gambler (uncredited)
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Bartender Zeke (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ...
Train Fireman (uncredited)
Rose Plumer ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Barbecue Guest (uncredited)
Allen D. Sewall ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Lucile Sewall ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Lloyd Shaw ...
Barbecue Dance Caller (uncredited)
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Cowboy at Barbecue (uncredited)
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Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
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Ed, the Wrangler (uncredited)
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Dance-Floor Cowboy (uncredited)
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Dance- Floor Cowboy (uncredited)

Directed by

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King Vidor
Otto Brower ... (uncredited)
William Dieterle ... (uncredited)
Sidney Franklin ... (uncredited)
William Cameron Menzies ... (uncredited)
David O. Selznick ... (uncredited)
Josef von Sternberg ... (uncredited)

Written by

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David O. Selznick ... (screenplay)
 
Niven Busch ... (suggested by a novel by)
 
Oliver H.P. Garrett ... (adaptation)
 
Ben Hecht ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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David O. Selznick ... producer

Music by

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Dimitri Tiomkin

Cinematography by

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Lee Garmes ... director of photography
Ray Rennahan ... director of photography
Harold Rosson ... director of photography (as Hal Rosson)

Editorial Department

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John Faure ... associate film editor
Hal C. Kern ... supervising film editor
William H. Ziegler ... associate film editor (as Wm. Ziegler)
Noel Coppleman ... assistant editor (uncredited)
Wayland M. Hendry ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Ruth Burch ... (uncredited)

Production Design by

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J. McMillan Johnson

Art Direction by

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James Basevi

Costume Design by

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Walter Plunkett

Makeup Department

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Margaret Martin ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Gale McGarry ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Norbert A. Myles ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Robert Stephanoff ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Fred Ahern ... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Glenn Cook ... unit manager (uncredited)
Charles L. Glett ... general manager (uncredited)
Richard Johnston ... production manager (uncredited)
William McGarry ... unit manager (uncredited)
W. Argyle Nelson ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Otto Brower ... second unit director
B. Reeves Eason ... second unit director (as Reaves Eason)
Lowell J. Farrell ... assistant director
Bert Chervin ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Harvey Dwight ... assistant director (uncredited)
Arthur Fellows ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Chester M. Franklin ... second unit director (uncredited)
William Cameron Menzies ... second unit director (uncredited)

Art Department

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John Ewing ... associate art director
Emile Kuri ... interior decorator
John Brent ... property master (uncredited)
Arden Cripe ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Harold Fenton ... construction superintendent (uncredited)
Roy McLaughlin ... greensman (uncredited)
Josef von Sternberg ... visual consultant (uncredited)
Fred Widdowson ... property master (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Richard DeWeese ... recordist (as Richard De Weese)
James G. Stewart ... sound director
Charles L. Freeman ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Clarence Slifer ... special effects
Charles L. Freeman ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Spencer Bagdatopolis ... matte painter (uncredited)
Jack Cosgrove ... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Harold Grigg ... visual effects camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Hansard ... chief effects projectionist (uncredited)
Hans Ledeboer ... matte painter (uncredited)
Owen Marsh ... visual effects assistant cameraman (uncredited)
Jack Shaw ... matte painter (uncredited)
Clarence Slifer ... visual effects cinematographer (uncredited)

Stunts

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Richard Farnsworth ... stunts (uncredited)
Vivian Lopez ... riding double: Jennifer Jones (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Charles P. Boyle ... additional photography
Raymond Bahns ... key grip (uncredited)
Allen M. Davey ... additional cinematographer (uncredited)
Eddie Fitzgerald ... camera operator (uncredited)
Madison S. Lacy ... still photographer (uncredited)
Owen Marsh ... assistant camera: visual effects (uncredited)
Edward Petzoldt ... chief electrician (uncredited)
Homer Plannette ... gaffer (uncredited)
Morris Rosen ... key grip (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser ... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Al St. Hilaire ... still photographer (uncredited)
Harry Webb ... camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Harry Apperson ... master drapes (uncredited)
Frank Beetson Jr. ... wardrobe superintendent (uncredited)
Elmer Ellsworth ... wardrobe superintendent (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Ann Peck ... wardrobe superintendent (uncredited)

Music Department

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Dimitri Tiomkin ... conductor
Lucien Cailliet ... orchestrator (uncredited)
George C. Emick ... music editor (uncredited)
Herschel Burke Gilbert ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Audrey Granville ... music coordinator (uncredited)
Jester Hairston ... choral director (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum ... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish ... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Tamkin ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Natalie Kalmus ... color director
Tilly Losch ... solo dances creator
Morgan Padelford ... associate color director
Lydia Schiller ... scenario assistant
David O. Selznick ... presenter: his production in Technicolor of
Lloyd Shaw ... group dances
Fred Andrews ... technical advisor: guns and gunplay (uncredited)
Adele Cannon ... script clerk (uncredited)
Charles Ellison ... technical advisor: barbeque scene (uncredited)
Joel Freeman ... production clerk (uncredited)
Ann Harris ... researcher (uncredited)
J.T. Harris ... technical advisor: ranch life details (uncredited)
Walter Haven ... technical advisor: railroad construction (uncredited)
Philip Kieffer ... technical advisor: cavalry charge (uncredited)
Paul MacNamara ... publicity director (uncredited)
Ralph McCutcheon ... horse trainer (uncredited) / technical advisor: ranch life details (uncredited)
Donna M. Norridge ... script clerk (uncredited)
Agnes Pottage ... script clerk (uncredited)
Carl Preed ... technical advisor: barroom scenes (uncredited)
Lloyd Shaw ... technical advisor: 19th-century dances (uncredited)
Dan White ... technical advisor: Texas dialect (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

When her father is hanged for shooting his wife and her lover, half-breed Pearl Chavez goes to live with distant relatives in Texas. Welcomed by Laura Belle and her elder lawyer son Jesse, she meets with hostility from the ranch-owner himself, wheelchair-bound Senator Jackson McCanles, and with lustful interest from womanising, unruly younger son Lewt. Almost at once, already existing family tensions are exacerbated by her presence and the way she is physically drawn to Lewt. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines Emotions . . . As Violent As The Wind-Swept Prairie ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Lust in the Dust (United States)
  • King Vidor's Duel in the Sun (United States)
  • King Vidor's Duel in the Sun (United Kingdom)
  • Duel au soleil (France)
  • Duell in der Sonne (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 129 min
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Box Office

Budget $8,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $194,827

Did You Know?

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Trivia According to King Vidor, director Josef von Sternberg was hired only as a lighting expert by David O. Selznick in order to give his wife--and the film's star--Jennifer Jones a more glamorous look. See more »
Goofs The opening scene shows saguaro cacti in the valley. The film is supposed to take place in Texas, but southern Arizona is the only place in the US with saguaro cacti. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Une histoire seule (1989). See more »
Soundtracks Beautiful Dreamer See more »
Quotes The Sinkiller: Under that heathen blanket, there's a full-blossomed woman built by the devil to drive men crazy.
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