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Desire in the Dust (1960)

Lonnie Wilson, the son of a toothless sharecropper, Zuba Wilson, returns to small southern hometown after spending six years on the chain-gang for killing Colonel Ben Marquand's son in an ... See full summary »

Director:

William F. Claxton

Writers:

Harry Whittington (novel), Charles Lang (screenplay)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Col. Ben Marquand
Martha Hyer ... Melinda Marquand
Joan Bennett ... Mrs. Marquand
Ken Scott ... Lonnie Wilson
Brett Halsey ... Dr. Ned Thomas
Edward Binns ... Luke Connett
Margaret Field Margaret Field ... Maude Wilson (as Maggie Mahoney)
Douglas Fowley ... Zuba Wilson
Kelly Thordsen ... Sheriff Wheaton
Rex Ingram ... Burt Crane
Jack Ging ... Peter Marquand
Anne Helm ... Cass Wilson
Irene Ryan ... Nora Finney
Paul Baxley Paul Baxley ... Thurman Case
Robert Earle Robert Earle ... Virgil
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Storyline

Lonnie Wilson, the son of a toothless sharecropper, Zuba Wilson, returns to small southern hometown after spending six years on the chain-gang for killing Colonel Ben Marquand's son in an automobile accident. He revives his love affair with Melinda Marquand, who is now Mrs. Melinda Thomas, since she married Dr. Ned Thomas, while Lonnie was serving time, in her place, for the accident she caused. Somewhat miffed about all this, Lonnie incites Dr. Ned about his wife's infidelity, which Dr. Ned verifies when he catches Lonnie and Melinda in a semi-torrid embrace in Colonel Marquand's hunting lodge. Melinda, looking for an explanation for this situation, shoots and wounds Lonnie to defend her innocence by claiming she was being raped. Colonel Marquand,who had bribed Lonnie to take the blame for his daughter, uses her story to try and have Sheriff Wheaton kill Lonnie, and put an end to all this mess. But there is another reel or two before this mess ends. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Why did they try to stop the rich boy and the Tobacco Road girl? What was the secret between the Colonel and his daughter? Why were they afraid to leave the mother alone? See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1960 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Begierde im Staub See more »

Filming Locations:

Clinton, Louisiana, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lippert Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There was a 7-year age difference between Joan Bennett and Raymond Burr, playing husband and wife, and also between Burr and Martha Hyer, playing father and daughter. See more »

Goofs

The heckler in the bar jerks his head back and to the side before Lonnie's punch reaches him. See more »

Quotes

Cass Wilson: I don't like to kiss men with whiskey on their breath.
Zuba Wilson: Well you better get used to it honey or it's going to cut down on your list of spooning partners considerable.
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TV actors galore in overblown southern drama
28 June 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Released in 1960, Desire in the Dust looks to have been a B movie, featuring a lot of TV actors and future TV actors: Raymond Burr, Anne Helm, Jack Ging, Edward Binns, Martha Hyer, and Brett Halsey. The film also looks to be attempting to cash in on the success of those southern Big Daddy dramas like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Long Hot Summer.

The Big Daddy in this one is Raymond Burr, who tightly controls a family that includes his off-her-rocker wife, played by Joan Bennett, stunningly beautiful daughter Hyer, her wimpy doctor husband, Brett Halsey, and son, Jack Ging. Bennnett never recovered from the death of a young son who was hit by a car six years earlier; Ging is love with the white trash daughter of the man who supposedly ran him over.

Of course, there's a lot more to the story than that and in 102 minutes, this film stuffs it all in, including more cigarettes and alcohol than one would see in ten films put together. There are also a lot of bullets, dust, and histrionics.

All in all, it's a slow go, with a couple of interesting segments and decent acting.


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