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Swamp Fire (1946)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 6 September 1946 (USA)
In the delta county of Louisiana, Johnny Duval is haunted by recurring nightmares of his wartime experiences.

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William H. Pine

Writer:

Daniel Mainwaring (original screenplay) (as Geoffrey Homes)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Johnny Weissmuller ... Johnny Duval
Virginia Grey ... Janet Hilton
Buster Crabbe ... Mike Kalavich
Carol Thurston ... Toni Rousseau
Pedro de Cordoba ... Tim Rousseau
Marcelle Corday ... Grandmere Rousseau
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Emile Ledoux
Edwin Maxwell ... Capt. Pierre Moise
Pierre Watkin ... P.T. Hilton
Charles Gordon Charles Gordon ... Capt. Hal Peyton
Frank Fenton ... Capt. Pete Dailey
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In the delta county of Louisiana, Johnny Duval is haunted by recurring nightmares of his wartime experiences.

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Death Lurks Beneath The Burning Bayou...as Mighty Water Kings Clash For A Tiger Girl's Love! See more »


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chamas de Ódio See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Pretty Good Indie
10 December 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

For a cheap indie production, the movie does a pretty good job approximating Louisiana's bayous. Even the process shots are pretty well done. Getting Crabbe and Weismuller together was a casting coup. They make formidable rivals, especially in the water. The storyline sprawls a bit. But the main part has Duval (Weissmuller) trying to regain self-respect after piling up a couple of ships during the war and in the bayous. As a result, he's lost his commision. Also there's the problem of escaping spider woman Janet's (Grey) clutches and getting back to true love Toni (Thurston).

Weismuller's a little bland, which is likely why he preferred being called an athlete rather than an actor (IMDB). On the other hand, Crabbe's fiery as hot-headed bayou trapper, Mike. Sounds like writer Mainwaring gets in a leftist plug when he has Mike denounce rich man Hilton's purchase of the bayou which previously had been a commons. Unfortunately, the locals depended upon that commons for subsistence. The conflict sets up an interesting potential that unfortunately doesn't get beyond a quick plot device. It's also a general topic with a long history down to present day.

I guess I'd never considered how cargo ships navigated the Mississippi Delta to get to port New Orleans. Thanks to the movie, I have a new appreciation, though I wonder how much has changed in 70-years. Anyway, it's a rather unusual little feature, on the whole well done, with two of the biggest outdoor muscle men of the time.


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