Duel on the Mississippi

1955

Adventure / Drama / History / Western

87
IMDb Rating 5.9 10 90

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Cast

Craig Stevens as René LaFarge
John Dehner as Jules Tulane
Patricia Medina as Lili Scarlet
Warren Stevens as Hugo Marat
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661.38 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
72 min
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1.2 GB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
72 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Bunuel1976 6 / 10 / 10

DUEL ON THE MISSISSIPPI (William Castle, 1955) **1/2

Well, I have had to go back on my word one more time with respect to non-Horror films by the director incorporated both as part of my centenary tribute to him and my Epic Easter marathon; given its riverboat/gambling/Old South backdrop, I had mentally classified this as more of a Western but, looking at stills from it and checking out its plot line, the sight of swordfights and the mention of piracy sure changed my mind! Anyway, the addition of the film to my schedule had its downside as well, as the gorgeous-looking (albeit TV-sourced) print I watched proved problematic – with the image getting scrambled every once in a while! The film, then, was a mere 68 minutes in length: indeed, I must say that, had Castle not subsequently embarked upon his Horror career, his reputation would probably never have been made – despite his prolific pre-1958 output; that is not to say that it is bad, but it certainly had routine, journeyman, even cheap (produced by Sam Katzman: enough said!) written all over it – with this in mind, this early phase of his work has not been pursued by avid fans of his Horror efforts nearly enough. This, again, co-stars Patricia Medina who unsurprisingly begins as an antagonist to hero Lex Barker, only to eventually reform (she is the spirited daughter of the leader of a gang of raiders stealing the sugar from various plantations, one of which is owned by Barker's father John Dehner) and fall for him; interestingly, when the old man is threatened with bankruptcy and a spell in debtors' prison, Barker offers his services as a personal slave to Medina…but also contrives to challenge her hot-headed foreman Warren Stevens (who prides himself on his lethal abilities with a rapier) to a duel which, if killed in, would effectively discharge Dehner from all obligations to Medina! Obviously, he survives (even wounding Stevens himself) – but the two men ultimately settle their score via another face-off, albeit fought by way of a machete! The film is colourful and enjoyable, but also ordinary and forgettable; the cast helps, with Ian Keith (as Medina's brandy-loving father) relishing his roguish part, as opposed to the humourless villains he was often relegated to playing, a role here filled – quite ably, I might add – by Stevens. As for leading man Barker (who numbered actresses Lana Turner and Arlene Dahl among his five spouses!), he had a pretty continental and varied filmography – which saw him going from Hollywood Tarzan to German Winnetou (aka Old Shatterhand) and various other adventures and thrillers along the way, before prematurely expiring from a heart attack in 1973. Incidentally, thanks to this viewing, I have just added a quintet of the star's vehicles (3 of them Italian costumers!) to my collection...

Reviewed by bsmith5552 / 10

Pleasing Swashbuckling Riverboat Non-Western!

To start off with, there are not one but TWO Duels on the Mississippi between hero Lex Barker and villain Warren Stevens, one with rapiers and the other with machetes. The story takes place around 1820 in Louisiana where they were still using flint lock single shot weapons and rapiers. The Tulane sugar plantation is deep in debt and a $30, 000 note is fast coming due. Their sugar crop is stolen by thieves led by Hugo Marat (Warren Stevens) who is league with ex Jean Lafiite pirate Jacques Scarlett (Ian Keith) and his scheming daughter Lili (Patricia Medina). Andre Tulane (Lex Barker) catches Lili at the scene of the robbery and an immediate attraction ensues. Scarlett offers to buy the Tulane plantation but Jules Tulane (John Dehner) refuses. The scheming Lili has come into possession of the Tulane note. In order to prevent his ailing father from being sent to debtor's prison, Andre is forced to agree to three years of servitude to Lili. She takes full advantage of the situation riding him to the point of frustration. Following the court proceedings, Andre challenges Hugo, a master swordsman, to a duel. Lili referees the match and manages to save Andre from Hugo' blade. Andre and his friend fellow plantation owner Rene Lafarge (Craig Stevens) plan a scheme to trap Marat and his bandits. But they are double crossed and Hugo and his gang makes off with Lafarge's sugar crop. Andre and Lafarge trail the bandits to Scarlett's riverboat where a second duel takes place and.................................................................................... Most of the supporting cast speak with thick French accents, the principals do not. Barker, a former Tarzan seems out of place here. Medina as always, is a charming little schemer. Warren Stevens is a formidable villain. Veteran performer Ian Keith almost steals the picture as the roguish ex-pirate. Director William Castle keeps the story moving in this little 72 minute actioner. With its modest budget, the set pieces are surprisingly good. The plantation (with period costumes) and the riverboat sequences are well done. One of Castle's better efforts.

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