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This isn't a great movie, but it's engrossing entertainment. Lizabeth Scott plays the daughter of Mary Astor, owner of a Chuckawalla, Nevada casino. Scott gets involved with a shady hoodlum, played by John Hodiak, and Astor and Burt Lancaster (in one of his first film roles) - here playing a sheriff - do everything they can to thwart the romance. Complications ensue, with a predictably overheated, melodramatic ending.
Lizabeth Scott, smoky-voiced and drop-dead beautiful, is wonderful to watch and a sympathetic heroine; Hodiak is stiff and uncharismatic (he never became a big star); not very convincing as an actor, he looks suave enough. Lancaster is wasted in his role: he might have been more effective as Hodiak's character. The movie is dominated, though, and practically swiped away from under everyone's noses, by Mary Astor. Though she has supporting billing, her authority and edgy, formidable swankiness has the viewer drawn to her: she fairly seethes with charged charisma.
One of the best reasons to see this, though, is the stunning Technicolor photography. And, as I understand it, one of the very few film noir movies to be shot in color. And this is one of the best processing jobs (at the time) in evidence: the colors are radiant, natural, hues pleasing, more subdued than many of the hideously garish processing jobs that marred so many of the movies of the 40s.
I hope Universal (which owns Paramount's older libary) puts out an official America release soon.
Johnny loves Eddie.
Eddie is getting tired of Johnny.
Eddie wants Paula.
Paula wants Sheriff Tom.
Sheriff Tom annoys Paula.
Paula wants Eddie.
Johnny hates Paula.
Somebody has a gun.
And, then the fun begins!
Lizabeth Scott makes it work. Burt Lancaster is restrained and doesn't overplay it as the sheriff.
Mary Astor steals every scene she is in as Paula's mother.
This is a odd film that can still find its audience after more than 60 years, and it is very entertaining!
a treat for anyone who likes film noir. I recommend this highly for the
true fan, and the print is perfect.
So I contacted the vendor, as Amazon recommended. I proposed that they try to get me a better quality copy of the movie. They didn't respond. I guess they weren't in possession of "Desert Fury" that was "Excellent quality film on DVD-R!"
Also, the movie was clearly recorded over a science fiction presentation, which was playing at the end of the credits. For the company's image, management might wish to look into this practice.
Vendor will never get a 95% positive seller rating with results and service like that. There's still time for improvement. I pray for that to happen.
Directed by Lewis Allen
Desert Fury is a rarity for the 1940s, a Technicolor "film noir." Set in a Nevada gambling town, the story concerns the various misadventures, romantic and otherwise, of Paula Haller (Lizabeth Scott), the rebellious daughter of gambling-house proprietress Fritzie Haller (Mary Astor). Though no better than she ought to be, Fritzie is determined that Paula will not grow up as a "shady lady", but she's fighting an uphill battle. John Hodiak plays crooked gambler Eddie Bendix, who tries to exploit Paula's fascination with him for his own gain. Thank heaven that upright lawman Tom Hanson (Burt Lancaster) is on hand to rescue the heroine from the machinations of Bendix and his partner-in-perfidy Johnny Ryan (Wendell Corey).
Desert Fury was adapted from the far racier and more explicit novel by Ramona Stewart.
Mary Astor and Wendell Corey give outstanding performances in every scene.
Lancaster, Hodiak and Scott are good, but it's Astor and Corey's film.
Outstanding score by the talented composer Miklós Rózsa captures the dark side of the characters within the drama we've labeled "film noir".
1. Lewis Allen [Director]
Date of Birth: 25 December 1905 - Oakengates, Telford, Shropshire, UK
Date of Death: 3 May 2000, Santa Monica, California
2. Lizabeth Scott [aka: Emma Matzo]
Date of Birth: 29 September 1922 - Scranton, Pennsylvania
Date of Death: Still Living
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Desert Fury it a terrific film that keeps you guessing and gives you a surprise at the end.....Published 19 months ago by Willie M. Harper
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