Duel in the Sun 1946 Jennifer Jones Drama Western Color
Stars: Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotton, Gregory Peck
Duel in the Sun Story Line. Pearl Chavez’ is a half-breed who’s father is hanged for shooting his wife and her lover. Pearl goes to lives with distant relatives in Texas. Welcomed by Laura Belle and her elder son Jesse, she meets with hostility from the ranch-owner. The ranch owner is wheelchair-bound Senator Jackson McCanles, who has two sons, Jesse and Lewt. Family tensions exacerbate with Pearl’s presence and her physical attraction to Lewt.
Lewt is a ladies’ man with a personality unlike that of his gentlemanly brother Jesse. He expresses his interest in Pearl in direct terms and she takes a strong dislike to him – at first. Laura Belle calls in Mr. Jubal Crabbe, the “Sin killer”. Mr. Crabbe is a gun-toting preacher who counsels Pearl on how to avoid the evils of temptation. Pearl badly wishes to remain a good girl but ends up succumbing to Lewt’s advances. Pearl’s emotions become torn between anger, shame and flattery.
Duel in the Sun was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Jennifer Jones) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Lillian Gish).
Did you know?
Duel in the Sun had a nick-name of Lust in the Dust. In 1985 a movie called Lust in the Dust was released as a mediocre western comedy film. A group of unscrupulous characters seek buried treasure in the old west.
BBC2 ran a short film series in which famous actors and directors revealed and spoke about their favorite film. Martin Scorcese came up with “Duel In The Sun” as his choice, surprising everyone!
- Director: King Vidor
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Production Co.: Selznick Studio
- Run time: 144 minutes
- Sound: Mono (Western Electric Recording)
- Color: Color (Technicolor)
- Region: 1 (USA, Canada), NTSC
Sample Video from Duel in the Sun
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