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The Duel at Silver Creek (1952)

The Duel at Silver Creek theatrical poster

The first of two westerns Audie Murphy made with Don Siegel, here he’s a good guy, for once.  He’s the Silver Kid, a sharpshooter with a penchant for gambling who’s enlisted to deputise for injured marshal Lightning (Stephen McNally) when a gang of no-good claim jumpers start taking over Silver City. Audie falls for tomboy-ish Dusty (Susan Cabot) while Lightning gets mixed up with Opal (Faith Domergue) supposedly the sister of the head honcho (Gerald Mohr) in the Acme Mining Company – who is, of course, our culprit. The lookalike women get good roles, the men do what men do albeit with terrific tension between them in their uneasy alliance, and there’s some good photography to liven things up.

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