The Duel at Silver Creek (1952)

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    • The Duel at Silver Creek (1952)




      Plot Summary
      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

      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
      and many more...

      Don Siegel

      Writing Credits
      Gerald Drayson Adams ... (story)
      Gerald Drayson Adams ... (screenplay) and
      Joseph Hoffman ... (screenplay)

      Leonard Goldstein ... producer
      Ross Hunter ... associate producer (uncredited)

      Herman Stein ... (uncredited)

      Irving Glassberg


      During the climactic gunfight where rider Rod Lacy is himself chased on horseback by the marshal and both then dismount to continue shooting at each other, Lacy astonishingly manages to fire 11 shots from what is clearly a revolver pistol (which normally fires only 6) before an attempted 12th shot reveals it to be out of ammunition, and only then is Lacy forced to reload it - he is out of frame briefly whilst on his galloping horse (the camera cuts to the chasing marshal) but could not have conceivably re-loaded during that very short time, and at no point throughout is he shown to be carrying 2 guns.

      When 'Pop' Muzik is shot, immediately as the dead body is shown, the hand is seen to be moving.

      Revealing mistakes
      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.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Santa Susana Mountains, California, USA
      Corriganville, Ray Corrigan Ranch, Simi Valley, California, USA
      Iverson Ranch - 1 Iverson Lane, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Janss Conejo Ranch, Thousand Oaks, California, USA
      Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park - 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Rd., Agua Dulce, California, USA

      Watch the Movie

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      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • The Duel at Silver Creek is a 1952 American Technicolor Western film directed by Don Siegel;
      his first film in the Western genre. It starred Audie Murphy, Faith Domergue, Stephen McNally and Susan Cabot.
      It was the first time Murphy had appeared in a film where he played a character who was good throughout the movie.
      The working titles of the film were Claim Jumpers and Hair Trigger Kid

      User Review

      With beautiful color and too much action, this little Western is nice to watch…
      18 November 2007 | by Righty-Sock

      righty wrote:

      Don Siegel's "Duel at Silver Creek" opens with vicious gang of claim jumpers let by a killer called Rod Lacy (Gerald Mohr) who'd been forcing miners to sign away their claims through fear of torture or death…

      These claim jumpers were clever enough not to capture some of the bigger mines where there might be enough men working to put up a fight… Usually they picked on the claims being worked by one or two men… And more defenseless the men were, the better they liked it… Their plan was simple and easy because no one knew who they were…

      Since their victims either disappeared, or were found dead, there wasn't anyone who could put their finger on them…

      One day, in the Tomahawks, the same gang forced Cromwell's old man to sign over the little claim he had and then they killed him… Luke went after them and managed to get one of them before they shot his horse out from under him…

      Then a few miles of Silver City, jumpers moved in and killed an old man who struck it rich… As usual they made a clean getaway but this time they left a trail…

      The Marshal of Silver City decided to get up a posse to track them down but the posse lost them in the chase and he took a bullet through his right shoulder… So he was dropped off at the army hospital in Fort Lowell and they went back to town… There Lightning met Opal Lacey who promised "Brown Eyes" she's going to find him a nuisance when he gets back in one week…

      Audie Murphy plays Silver Kid/Luke Cromwell… He didn't have the face of a killer but he had the cold steel look of one… His hands are quick and sure…All he knows is how to handle a six-gun and poker…

      Faith Domergue plays Opal Lacy, the elegant woman with a secret agenda and a brother who's a mining engineer…

      Stephen McNally plays the famous Marshal who wasn't interested in the Kid's poker, but he was interested in the way he handled a six-gun… He needed a right hand and he had the fastest one he ever saw… He didn't see it dangerous to make him his deputy…

      Susan Cabot plays Dusty Fargo, the innocent girl who takes care of the Marshal better than many a wife he knows…

      Eugene Iglesias plays Johnny Sombrero, the hypocrite man who looks mighty happy about something… maybe for the 'gift' of love he just made that night to prove he'd accomplished it to the girl he wants…
      Best Wishes
      London- England