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Desert Fury (1947)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 August 1947 (USA)
The daughter of a Nevada casino owner gets involved with a racketeer, despite everyone's efforts to separate them.

Director:

Lewis Allen

Writers:

Robert Rossen (screenplay), Ramona Stewart (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Hodiak ... Eddie Bendix
Lizabeth Scott ... Paula Haller
Burt Lancaster ... Tom Hanson
Wendell Corey ... Johnny Ryan
Mary Astor ... Fritzi Haller
Kristine Miller ... Claire Lindquist
William Harrigan ... Judge Berle Lindquist
James Flavin ... Sheriff Pat Johnson
Jane Novak ... Mrs. Lindquist
Anna Camargo Anna Camargo ... Rosa
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Storyline

Fritzi Haller is a powerful casino owner in Chuckawalla, Nevada. Her daughter Paula (having quit school) returns at the same time as racketeer Eddie Bendix, who left under suspicion of murdering his wife. Paula and Eddie become involved; each for their own reasons, Fritzi, Paula's old beau Tom, and Eddie's pal Johnny try to break up the relationship. Then Eddie's past catches up with him in an unexpected way. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Two men wanted her love ... The third wanted her life !


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desert Town See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Wendell Corey. See more »

Goofs

At 40 minutes in, when Tom Hanson (Burt Lancaster) pulls up to where Paula Haller (Lizabeth Scott) is and parks, the car is at an angle to the walk, but then all of a sudden it is parallel with the walk. See more »

Quotes

Paula Haller: What did you tell her, Judge? That there's really no difference between us, that you're one of Fritzi's partners? That you make your money the same way Fritzi does except you get paid off in back alleys so that you can stay respectable?
Fritzi Haller: Oh don't talk like that! The Judge...
Paula Haller: Judge! Even the title's phony.
Fritzi Haller: He's trying to be nice, he said he'd talk to her.
Paula Haller: He's been talking to her ever since I was eight years ago.
Fritzi Haller: Well you're not eight years old anymore.
Paula Haller: No. I used to cry when I was eight.
Fritzi Haller: But you...
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Lizabeth Scott's lips and Burt Lancaster's hair along with the stunning California desert are among the highlights of this classic "Technicolor" film noir.
14 April 1999 | by briskySee all my reviews

This is one of the only examples of film noir in color. Burt Lancaster and luscious Lizabeth Scott headline a stellar cast in this twisted romance/thriller. John Hodiak and Wendell Corey's "special" is sorely tested when Hodiak falls hard for bombshell Scott. Scott's mother Fritzi (played by hard as nails Mary Astor) tries to protect her "baby" from falling into the wrong hands (namely Hodiak's) while good guy Lancaster valiantly attempts to rid the town of no-goodniks like Hodiak, Corey and sometimes Astor. It's a two-fisted Technicolor knockout of a film and a classic example of late 40's "adult" fare. See it with somebody you lust after.


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