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Desert Fury Details


Desert Fury is a rarety for the 1940s, a Technicolor "film noir." Set in a Nevada gambling town, the story concerns the various misadventures, romantic and otherwise, of Paula Haller (Lizabeth Scott), the rebellious daughter of gambling-house proprietress Fritzie Haller (Mary Astor, who steals the picture). Though no better than she ought to be, Fritzie is determined that Paula will not grow up as a "shady lady", but she'd fighting an uphill battle. John Hodiak plays crooked gambler Eddie Bendix (John Hodiak), who tries to exploit Paula's fascination with him for his own gain. Thank heaven that upright lawman Tom Hanson (Burt Lancaster) is on hand to rescue the heroine from the machinations of Bendix and his partner-in-perfidy Johnny Ryan (Wendell Corey). Desert Fury was adapted from the far racier and more explicit novel by Ramona Stewart. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Burt Lancaster
as Tom Hanson
Lizabeth Scott
as Paula Haller
Mary Astor
as Fritzie Haller
John Hodiak
as Eddie Bendix
Wendell Corey
as Johnny Ryan
Kristine Miller
as Claire Lindquist
William Harrigan
as Judge Berle Lindquist
James Flavin
as Pat Johnson
Ray Teal
as Bus Driver
Milt Kibbee
as Mike, the Bartender
Tom Schamp
as Dan, the Sheriff's Deputy
Ed Randolph
Mike Lally
as Dealer
Lew Harvey
as Doorman
Harland Tucker
as Chuck, the Dealer
Ralph Peters
as Pete, the Cafe Owner


Lewis Allen
Hal B. Wallis
Robert Rossen
Ramona Stewart
Book Author
Edward J. Cronjager
Charles B. Lang
Miklos Rozsa
Composer (Music Score)
Warren Low
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Gordon Jennings
Special Effects
Wally Westmore