The Mississippi Gambler (1953 film)
|The Mississippi Gambler|
|Directed by||Rudolph Maté|
|Written by||Seton I. Miller|
|Produced by||Ted Richmond|
|Edited by||Edward Curtiss|
|Music by||Frank Skinner|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$5 million|
The Mississippi Gambler is a 1953 American Technicolor Western adventure film directed by Rudolph Maté and starring Tyrone Power. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Sound Recording (Leslie I. Carey). This film was the third Universal Studios film to bear this title—though with a different plot each time, The Mississippi Gambler (1929), Mississippi Gambler (1942).
Mark Fallon (Tyrone Power) persuades professional gambler "Kansas John" Polly (John McIntire) into teaching him the trade. As they board a riverboat bound for New Orleans, Kansas John advises him to be wary of F. Montague Caldwell (Ralph Dumke), an unscrupulous riverboat gambler.
Mark makes the acquaintance of two fellow passengers, attractive Angelique Dureau (Piper Laurie) and her brother Laurent (John Baer). Laurent loses a great deal of money at cards. He gives Mark a valuable diamond necklace to redeem his gambling IOUs. When Mark learns that it is Angelique's, he offers it back to her, but she angrily declines. Caldwell hires some men to ambush and rob Mark, but a friend warns Kansas John, and he and Mark jump ashore to reach New Orleans alive.
There, he meets the father of Angelique and Laurent, the suave Edmond Dureau (Paul Cavanagh), a noted fencer who is impressed by Mark's own skill with the sword. He invites Mark to his home, despite Mark's warning that his son and daughter would not welcome him. Dureau wishes his daughter would feel differently toward Mark, but Angelique instead weds banker George Elwood (Ron Randell).
Mark builds a successful casino. He and Edmond also give a helpful hand to Ann Conant (Julie Adams billed as "Julia Adams"), the sister of an unlucky gambler who committed suicide after losing the money entrusted to him by his firm. Laurent falls for Ann, but she is smitten with Mark, so Laurent forces Mark into a duel. As the challenged party, Mark has the choice of weapons; he selects pistols instead of swords. Laurent dishonorably fires prematurely and misses. Mark refuses to shoot back.
Angelique's husband skips town with his bank's money. Mark, who had refused to withdraw his money out of consideration for Angelique, despite widespread disquieting rumors, is left penniless, so he returns to his old life as a gambler. Angelique realizes her true feelings and asks to go along.
- Tyrone Power as Mark Fallon
- Piper Laurie as Angelique 'Leia' Dureau
- Julie Adams as Ann Conant (Credited as Julia Adams)
- John McIntire as Kansas John Polly
- Paul Cavanagh as Redmond Dureau
- John Baer as Laurent Dureau
- Ron Randell as George Elwood
- Ralph Dumke as F. Montague Caldwell
- Robert Warwick as Gov. Paul Monet
- William Reynolds as Pierre Loyette
- Guy Williams as Andre Brion
- Edwin Schallert (March 6, 1953). "Sobbin' Women' Shaping for Betta St. John; 'Far West' Set for Hornblow". Los Angeles Times.
- Hal Erickson (2008). "The Mississippi Gambler". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on December 12, 2008. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
- "The 26th Academy Awards (1954) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
- "The Mississippi Gambler (1953)". American Film Institute.
- Vagg, Stephen (August 10, 2019). "Unsung Aussie Actors – Ron Randell: A Top Twenty". Filmink.
- 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954. Please note this figure is rentals, not box.