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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! His name is whispered by tempting lips from St. Louis to New Orleans. He'll play any game, any stakes...for your money, your woman...or your life! See more »


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Details

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
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 1, 1954 with Tyrone Power reprising his film role. 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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Ty Power as Gaylord Ravenal
1 September 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Mississippi Gambler was Tyrone Power's first film since Darryl Zanuck loaned him to MGM for Marie Antoinette away from Twentieth Century Fox. Ty produced this one and filmed it under the banner of Universal- International. It got deserved good reviews.

No actor in the history of cinema was better suited to period pieces and costumes as Tyrone Power. If Power had been possessed of a good singing voice he'd have made the ultimate Gaylord Ravenal.

As Mark Fallon he's a gentlemen riverboat gambler who gets involved with a pair of women, the spoiled Piper Laurie from an aristocratic New Orleans family and Julie Adams, a down to earth person of few pretensions, but she comes to love Ty deeply. Who could blame her.

Ty with partner John McIntire set out to and succeed in owning a gambling palace where honest games of chance are the rule. They don't need to cheat because they're both the best at their trade.

Villain of the piece is John Baer, Laurie's weakwilled and spoiled brother. He becomes a truly hateful person in this film, the kind audiences love to hiss.

Making a film debut here is Dennis Weaver as a man who goes broke at Power's tables and then commits suicide. You could tell Weaver was going to have a big career from this brief role. You can also spot Guy Williams as one of Baer's aristocratic friends.

If Universal had used one of their contract players for Mississippi Gambler, the part would undoubtedly have been played by the fast rising Rock Hudson. But I don't think Rock could have touched what Power did in a role perfectly suited for him.

Hopefully Mississippi Gambler will come out on Video and DVD soon. Too many of Tyrone Power's performances are unseen by today's generation.


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