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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 ... 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:

Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When we first meet Marshal Lightning Tyrone and his father, the tracks of the camera dolly are clearly visible as they walk through the town's main street. See more »

Quotes

Marshal Lightning Tyrone: [to Blake] If you're in Silver City after sundown, Rat Face, I'll throw you in jail.
[He throws him through store window]
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Referenced in Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin (2000) See more »

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Agreeable entertainment for Western fans.
16 July 2017 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Stephen McNally is a rugged hero, playing the marshal "Lightning" Tyrone. He goes up against a vicious gang of "claim jumpers" making life miserable for miners. He makes the acquaintance of a youth who's been dubbed "The Silver Kid", played by WWII hero Audie Murphy, and decides that he can put The Kid to use as his deputy.

Although pretty average in terms of story, this is still entertaining thanks to the assured direction of Don Siegel, in the years before he'd graduated to the ranks of major A list directors. He knew how to handle action scenes, for one thing, and "The Duel at Silver Creek" is reasonably rousing at times. Overall, the filmmaking is quite capable, with top notch location work and superb creation of the classic Western look (in glorious Technicolor). You will notice that Siegel and the screenwriters don't exactly bother to keep the identities of certain villains a secret. You're also left in little doubt as to how the predictable script will unfold, so the scenario isn't about suspense, despite the fact that good guy Lightning has been badly wounded and can't handle a gun as well as he used to.

There are very fine performances by a well chosen cast: McNally, a confident young Murphy, lovely ladies Faith Domergue and Susan Cabot, Gerald Mohr, Eugene Iglesias, James Anderson, Walter Sande, Lee Marvin, George Eldredge, Griff Barnett, Harry Harvey, etc.

It's worth noting that the run time is a mere 77 minutes. It's always nice when actors and filmmakers can tell their story in a succinct manner and not drag it out any longer than necessary.

Six out of 10.


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