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Frontier Gambler (1956)

Approved | | Western | 1 July 1956 (USA)
A marshal investigating the death of a woman who owned a gambling house finds that he's developing an attraction to the image of the dead woman, and then she shows up very much alive.


Sam Newfield


Orville H. Hampton (screenplay) (as Orville Hampton)


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Complete credited cast:
John Bromfield ... Deputy Marshal Curt Darrow
Coleen Gray ... Sylvia 'The Princess' Melbourne
Kent Taylor ... Roger 'The Duke' Chadwick
Jim Davis ... Tony Burton
Margia Dean ... Gloria Starling
Veda Ann Borg ... Francie Merritt
Stanley Andrews ... Constable Philo Dewey
Nadine Ashdown Nadine Ashdown ... Sylvia - as a child
Tracey Roberts Tracey Roberts ... Helen McBride
Roy Engel ... Tom McBride
John Merton ... Shorty
Frank Sully ... Bartender


A marshal investigating the death of a woman who owned a gambling house finds that he's developing an attraction to the image of the dead woman, and then she shows up very much alive.

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Win or lose . . . she got what she wanted!




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1 July 1956 (USA) See more »

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Aima sto prasino trapezi See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Final film, as producer, of Sigmund Neufeld. See more »


Roger 'Duke' Chadwick: To a real gambler, the only thrill comparable to the thrill of winning is the thrill of losing.
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Remake of Laura (1944) See more »


Your Heart Belongs to Her
Music by Paul Dunlap, Lyrics by Margia Dean
Performed by Margia Dean
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Laura Goes West
17 December 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One of the most stylish mystery noirs ever done gets a trip out west in a remake. If you like Otto Preminger's Laura and have seen it several times as I have then you know exactly what the plot of Frontier Gambler is.

In keeping with the noir tradition Frontier Gambler is done in black and white. Deputy Marshal John Bromfield is assigned to the murder of a woman who was shot and burned beyond recognition in a fire at her home. Everyone assumes it is Coleen Gray who owns one of the local saloons in town, the other owned by Kent Taylor.

Taylor and Gray have an interesting history. He found her after her parents were killed by Indians and raised her in his gambling trade. But he thought he was nurturing her and instead she found it stifling. He also disapproved of her interest in gunfighter Jim Davis. As for Davis another saloon denizen played by the one and only Veda Ann Borg who likes bad boys like Davis.

I think you recognize all the main roles her from Laura. A little more in the way of action as per the setting of the frontier west as opposed to the sophisticated Upper East Side of Manhattan. But the story is unmistakable.

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