Desert Fury


(out of 5)

Problem child  comes home to her saloon-owning mother () after having been thrown out of yet another boarding school.  Astor has tried to raise her to be more than just a booze-slinging casino owner, but trying to get her daughter beyond her origins proves very difficult when Scott falls in love with shady hood  and insists on getting into his kind of trouble.  Good-hearted cop  is on hand to help things out, the whole cast of characters gorgeously playing out their drama against a vast desert backdrop that is richly photographed in saturated colours:  the deep brown sand and rich green cactus are broken up intermittently by a sharp headlight or a stunning gown.  Lewis Allen’s superb direction makes a very familiar story feel like something subversive and sexy, helped along by the effective heat between the lovers and Astor’s intelligent and hardy performance.  Most impressive, the film works out its conflicts out to a satisfying end but doesn’t go soft in the conclusion; without wanting to give anything away, these tough people don’t get sappy even when they find the middle of the road.  Great stuff, the usually unreliable Scott never more appealing, and a film that rarely feels dated.

Hal Wallis Productions

USA, 1947

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel Desert Town by

Cinematography by ,

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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