The Duel at Silver Creek

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The Duel at Silver Creek
Directed by Don Siegel
Produced by Leonard Goldstein
Written by Gerald Drayson Adams
Joseph Hoffman
Starring Audie Murphy
Faith Domergue
Stephen McNally
Susan Cabot
Cinematography Irving Glassberg
Edited by Russell F. Schoengarth
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • August 1, 1952 (1952-08-01) (Los Angeles)
  • August 30, 1952 (1952-08-30) (New York City)
Running time
77 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.25 million (US rentals)[1]

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.[2] It was the first time Murphy had appeared in a film where he played a character who was good throughout the movie.[3] The working titles of the film were Claim Jumpers and Hair Trigger Kid[4].


Luke Cromwell, aka the "Silver Kid" (Audie Murphy), loses his father to mining claim jumpers. He is deputised by Marshal Lightning Tyrone (Stephen McNally) of Silver City, who wants to defeat the claim jumpers. The two men fall for different women, Tyrone for the treacherous Opal Lacey (Faith Domergue), who is secretly in league with the claim jumpers, and Cromwell with tomboy Dusty Fargo (Susan Cabot) who pursues Lightning.



  1. ^ 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953
  2. ^ The Duel at Silver Creek at Audie Murphy Memorial Site
  3. ^ Don Graham, No Name on the Bullet: The Biography of Audie Murphy, Penguin, 1989 p 228
  4. ^ p. 63 Larkins, Bob & Magers, Boyd The Films of Audie Murphy McFarland, 19 Aug 2009

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