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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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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 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 ! That lusty, loving, gambling man ! See more »


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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, 31 December 1953
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

As of May 2018 both lead actresses Julie Adams and Piper Laurie are still living. 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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Gambler wins by playing honestly at cards and love
6 February 2001 | by rowiddowSee all my reviews

Tyrone Power does a fine turn as a gambler who prevails at cards and life by playing honestly at both. Director Billy Wilder later used Power's talent at playing the honest-joe in Witness for the Prosecution. In the latter movie, Power's characterization is richer and more nuanced than here(but you'll need to see Witness to find out why!). Seton I. Miller, the chief screenwriter for Mississippi Gambler, worked with Powers in an earlier movie, The Black Swan. Both movies feature a dance sequence highlighting black "ethnic" musicians and dancers. Gwen Verdon provides the dancing talent in Mississippi Gambler. Worth watching for the lavish costumes, detailed sets, and excellent cast. Sadly, by the time this movie was made, Power had lost the aura that caused him to shine as a younger star.


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