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The Mississippi Gambler (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance, Western | 5 March 1953 (UK)
In 1854, Mississippi riverboat honest card gambler Mark Fallon wins young Laurent Dureau's diamond necklace family heirloom which, in the end, will bring him happiness and tragedy alike.

Director:

Rudolph Maté

Writer:

Seton I. Miller
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tyrone Power ... Mark Fallon
Piper Laurie ... Angelique 'Leia' Dureau
Julie Adams ... Ann Conant (as Julia Adams)
John McIntire ... Kansas John Polly
Paul Cavanagh ... Edmond Dureau
John Baer ... Laurent Dureau
Ron Randell ... George Elwood
Ralph Dumke ... F. Montague Caldwell
Robert Warwick ... Gov. Paul Monet
William Reynolds ... Pierre Loyette
Guy Williams ... Andre Brion
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Storyline

Mark Fallon, with partner Kansas John Polly, tries to introduce honest gambling on the riverboats. His first success makes enemies of the crooked gamblers and of fair Angelique Dureau, whose necklace he won. Later in New Orleans, Mark befriends Angelique's father, but she still affects to despise him as his gambling career brings him wealth. Duelling, tragedy, and romantic complications follow. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Meet the fabulous Mark Fallon! His name is whispered by tempting lips from St. Louis to New Orleans. He'll play any game, any stakes...for your money, your woman...or your life! See more »


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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 1, 1954 with Tyrone Power reprising his film role. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Gambler from Natchez (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

DE LAWD'S PLAN
Written by Henry Mancini and Frank Skinner
Lyrics Frederick Herbert
Sung by LeRoi Antoine
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Louisiana story: an Americana saga definitely far from Flahertiana
24 November 2019 | by jgcorreaSee all my reviews

The scenario, rather banal, is bought by the splendors of the sets and the costumes as well as by the beauty of the photography. This movie won't remain permanently in our memory, but it can be seen without displeasure. Is it a Western or not a western? Definitely not western! The gentleman from Louisiana is rather the protagonist of a melodrama with a background of amorous imbroglio: he loves a woman who cannot love him and he doesn't like the woman who loves him... What a dilemma... At the helm was Rudolph Maté, who had been master cinematographer for more than 25 years serving great directors like Carl Theodor Dreyer, Alexander Korda, Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles. He directed thirty films in all genres, of which Death on arrival (DOA) was definitely his best achievement.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Held vom Mississippi See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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