Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Lewis Allen|
|Produced by||Hal B. Wallis|
|Screenplay by||A. I. Bezzerides
|Based on||the novel Desert Town
by Ramona Stewart
|Music by||Miklós Rózsa|
|Editing by||Warren Low|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||96 minutes|
The story was adapted for the screen by A.I. Bezzerides and Robert Rossen, based on the racy novel Desert Town by Ramona Stewart. The picture was produced by Hal Wallis, with music was by Miklós Rózsa and cinematography in Technicolor by Charles Lang.
Fritzi Haller (Mary Astor) is the tough owner of a saloon and casino in the small fictional mining town of Chuckawalla, Nevada. Her daughter, Paula Haller (Lizabeth Scott), has just quit school and returned home at the same time that gangster Eddie Bendix (John Hodiak) has returned. He was once involved with Fritzi, but left town under suspicion of murdering his wife.
Paula falls for Bendix and they become involved. Paula's old boyfriend, and local lawman, Tom Hanson (Burt Lancaster), along with Bendix's sidekick, Johnny Ryan (Wendell Corey), try to break up the relationship. When Fritzi finds out, she angrily tries to protect Paula and put a stop to her seeing Bendix.
Bendix's past catches up with him in an unexpected way when the car he is in, running from Hanson (who wants to rid the town of the likes of Bendix and Ryan), crashes through the railing as it is going onto the bridge and plunges down the embankment, killing him.
- Lizabeth Scott as Paula Haller
- John Hodiak as Eddie Bendix
- Burt Lancaster as Tom Hanson
- Mary Astor as Fritzi Haller
- Wendell Corey as Johnny Ryan
- Kristine Miller as Claire Lindquist
- William Harrigan as Judge Berle Lindquist
- James Flavin as Sheriff Pat Johnson
- Jane Novak as Mrs. Lindquist
- Anna Camargo as Rosa
Scenes were shot on location in the small Ventura County, California, town of Piru, with the northwest side of Center Street, at Main, used as the exterior of Fritzi's saloon and casino; the Piru Mansion was used as the Haller home and the historic Piru bridge was used as the locale of the car crash. Some scenes were also shot in Clarkdale, Arizona.
Some outside shots were filmed on the Old Town section of Cottonwood, Arizona.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Desert Fury (1947 film).|
- Desert Fury at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Desert Fury at the Internet Movie Database
- Desert Fury at allmovie
- Desert Fury at the TCM Movie Database
- Desert Fury information site and DVD review clip at DVD Beaver (includes images)
- Desert Fury film clip at YouTube