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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 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:

Mono (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: How about joining the posse, Johnny? It would give you a chance to use that shooting iron legal for a change.
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Referenced in Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin (2000) See more »

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Western Noir in colour
25 July 2013 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

This is an entertaining but brief '50's Western and is still on UK TV regularly mainly because it was lucky enough to get shot in colour. However the story isn't too bad either, this side of Tolstoy anyway.

Wild bunch of brutal claim jumpers are terrorising the locality, but eventually fall foul of full-of-himself Marshal Lightning Stephen McNally (also doubling up as the noirish narrator) and the wronged Silver Kid played by smooth Audie Murphy. Who also respectively fall foul of dirty Brown Eyes and clean Dusty. In between the downbeat comments from McNally there's some sparkling dialogue, perhaps more intelligent than should be expected from this type of film but it helps keep you onboard while the hackneyed plot unfolds. Favourite bits: McNally's varying speeds of eating betwixt fillies; Murphy being told to stay in the jailhouse but turning up everywhere in Brown Eyes' house naturally riling McNally; Johnny Sombrero's swift comeuppance.

No surprises but quite a good film really, although sadly most people nowadays would pass it by as they prefer nothing but sex and gore for their entertainment.


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