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The Duel at Silver Creek (1952)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 5 September 1952 (USA)
Marshal Tyrone and the Silver Kid form an uneasy alliance against a gang of claim jumpers.

Director:

Don Siegel

Writers:

Gerald Drayson Adams (story), Gerald Drayson Adams (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Audie Murphy ... Luke Cromwell - The Silver Kid
Faith Domergue ... Opal Lacy
Stephen McNally ... Marshal Lightning Tyrone (as Stephen Mc.Nally)
Susan Cabot ... Jane 'Dusty' Fargo
Gerald Mohr ... Rod Lacy
Eugene Iglesias ... Johnny Sombrero
James Anderson ... Rat Face Blake (as Kyle James)
Walter Sande ... Pete Fargo
Lee Marvin ... Tinhorn Burgess
George Eldredge ... Jim Ryan - Bartender
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Storyline

A gang of claim jumpers is infesting the territory, gaining ownership of undermanned mining operations through extortion...and leaving no live witnesses. But one victim, quick-drawing gambler Luke Cromwell, escapes. Meanwhille, Marshal Lightnin' Tyrone is also after the gang; recovering from one raid, he meets femme fatale Opal Lacy, who may not be healthy for him to know. When Luke, now calling himself the Silver Kid, joins forces with Marshal Tyrone, the gang had better watch out ...unless something drives a wedge between the new allies. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Gun Against Gun For The Rule Of The Town!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Claim Jumpers See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When 'Pop' Muzik is shot, immediately as the dead body is shown, the hand is seen to be moving. See more »

Quotes

Marshal Lightning Tyrone: Maybe this is your way of getting Rat Face back, huh? Even swap - Rat Face for Rod? That your idea, Johnny?
Johnny Sombrero: You're scratchin' in the wrong place!
Marshal Lightning Tyrone: The only way to turn up worms is by scratchin' for them!
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Audie Murphy plays a cool, fastgun deputy
2 January 2015 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

"The Duel at Silver Creek" is a 1952 Western starring Stephen McNally and Audie Murphy as a sheriff and green deputy who are trying to track down a murderous gang of claim jumpers. Meanwhile the sheriff pursues a new hottie in town (Faith Domergue) while the deputy is interested in a teenage cutie (Susan Cabot). A 27 year-old Lee Marvin is on hand as one of the possibly shady characters.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this old Western. Murphy is great as the youthful and likable fast-gun and McNally is effective as the sheriff. Domergue is beautiful, but duplicitous and even shockingly evil (e.g. the unexpected strangling scene). Cabot is a joy to watch and it's interesting to see Marvin so young.

The story is interesting with McNally narrating and it easily keeps your attention at only 77 minutes, but what brings my rating down is the roll-your-eyes plot gimmicks (for lack of better word) typical of old Westerns. For instance, the sheriff's bad finger that makes it almost impossible for him to squeeze the trigger of his handgun and how this becomes a big secret. And then there's the way the deputy expertly grazes the sheriff's arm in order to take his place in a fast-draw duel (What if he was off by a couple of centimeters?). If it weren't for these types of lame aspects I'd give "The Duel at Silver Creek" a higher grade.

The locations are good, shot at three California ranches -- Corrigan Ranch, Iverson Ranch and Janss Conejo Ranch – as well as Vasquez Rocks.

GRADE: B-


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