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Silver City (1951)

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Having masterminded the hold up of his company office, a mining engineer is barred from the industry. He then sets up shop as an assayer, scheming to acquire a rich silver mine lease from its operators.


Byron Haskin


Frank Gruber (screenplay), Luke Short (story)





Complete credited cast:
Edmond O'Brien ... Larkin Moffatt
Yvonne De Carlo ... Candace Surrency
Richard Arlen ... Charles Storrs
Barry Fitzgerald ... R.R. Jarboe
Gladys George ... Mrs. Barber
Kasey Rogers ... Josephine (as Laura Elliott)
Edgar Buchanan ... Dutch Surrency
Michael Moore Michael Moore ... Bill Taff
John Dierkes ... Arnie


The office of mining engineers and partners Larkin Moffatt and Charlie Storrs is robbed. Storrs accuses Moffatt of complicity with the robbers and fires him. He also asks all major mining companies in the region to avoid hiring Moffatt. Unemployable, Moffatt opens his own small independent assay office in Silver City. His first client, Candace Surrency, leases a mine from the greedy R. R. Jarboe, owner of several mines. Candace Surrency and her father have invested all their funds in the mine lease which is due to expire in 12 days, reverting the mining rights back to its owner, R. R. Jarboe. So far the mine has been dry but the Surrencys have hired Moffatt to do another assay on the latest batch of ore. Moffatt finds silver in large amounts in the test batch, making the Surrencys rich. News of their silver strike spreads fast. Mine owner R. R. Jarboe refuses to extend the mine lease to the Surrencys who won't have enough time to extract and process the silver ore during the remainder... Written by nufs68

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Great looking movie
26 November 2019 | by greenheartSee all my reviews

I have a theory that any movie with a train scene is worth seeing. The silver mining details all went a little over my head, the plot is so-so with lots of fighting and things being smashed. The plot never really led anywhere although there is plenty of action and the climax is terrific. The whole movie though looks gorgeous with really attractive locations. An early scene with a steam train carrying logs comes around a bend was stunningly eye-catching. Worth seeing for that alone.

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Release Date:

1 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

High Vermilion See more »

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Production Co:

Nat Holt Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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