Desert Fury (Desert Town) (1947)

Desert Fury (Desert Town)


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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: A.I. Bezzerides, Robert Rossen
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as Paula Haller

as Fritzie Haller

as Tom Hanson

as Eddie Bendix

as Johnny Ryan

as Claire Lindquist

as Judge Berle Lindquis...

as Pat Johnson

as Mrs. Lindquist

as Mike, the Bartender

as Mike, the Bartender

as Pete, the Cafe Owner

as Drunk in Jail

as Bus Driver

as Chuck, the Dealer

as Doorman

as Dan, the Sheriff's D...
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Critic Reviews for Desert Fury (Desert Town)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

A beaut of a Technicolored mistake from beginning to end.

Full Review… | November 27, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

As a self-described "front row performer," Cave is at home in this unusual film, backstroking in the ornate aquarium that Forsythe and Pollard have constructed for him.

Full Review… | September 15, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

Mordant film noir, shot in a snazzy Technicolor.

Full Review… | July 24, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A star-studded cast regrettably cannot overcome the shortcomings of Robert Rossen's script.

Full Review… | November 27, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It could easily have been a horrible jumble, but in fact it's compulsively watchable.

Full Review… | November 27, 2012
Time Out Chicago

Audience Reviews for Desert Fury (Desert Town)


Richly color saturated noir that Mary Astor walks off with even though she's a supporting character. You can tell this was made early in Lancaster's career considering his part is so small. Lizabeth's car is drool worthy. Solid drama.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

well this is just a hoot IF u can find it. it's a completely oddball technicolor noir with a very strong gay subtext, completely subverting the hayes code of the period. as a friend of mine put it, it's as if tennessee williams wrote a western. lizabeth scott looks amazing but mary astor steals the film. also this was technically burt lancaster's debut, altho it was held back from release for nearly a year. filmed in central arizona's verde valley where things haven't really changed much

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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