A quick-draw marshal deputizes the silver kid to track down a claim jumper and her gang. Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 08/23/2005 Starring: Audie Murphy Susan Cabot Run time: 77 minutes Rating: Nr Direct... more »or: Don Siegel« less
B. Cathey | Wendell, NC United States | 09/23/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I had forgotten just how enjoyable this little Audie Murphy Western was until I recently purchased this handsome Universal DVD release. Murphy in this venture is "the silver kid," and his co-star Stephen McNally actually steals the show. The action is fast-paced and believable, the plot way above average. There are shoot outs, claim jumping, and some humor thrown in--Audie has some droll lines. Universal-International made a number of fine Murphy Westerns in the 1950s into the mid 1960s. DUEL AT SILVER CREEK is one of the better ones. Now let's hope that Murphy's finest outing in the genre, NO NAME ON THE BULLET, and some of his other, better films---RIDE CLEAR OF DIABLO, GUNSMOKE, SEVEN WAYS FROM SUNDOWN, TUMBLEWEEDS, get the nod from the engineers at Universal."
Great Little B Western
Gary Cross | Auckland New Zealand | 09/10/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"We're not talking classic here but this is a good example of the solid little B westerns the studios were churning out in the fifties. There's a ton of action crammed into the modest 77 minute running time, from the opening montage of violent killings through to the final gun battle between the baddies and the town posse. Audie Murphy is his usual average self as The Silver Kid (yeah, it's that kind of western where charcaters get saddled with dumb names like Brown Eyes and Sombrero), but Steve McNally is good as the sherrif (making a change from his role as the villainous brother in the classic Winchester 73) and Lee Marvin adds solid support in a small role as a town heavy (it's never really made clear whether he's in league with the bad guys or not). Don Siegel who would go on to make Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dirty Harry and The Shootist, directs with an eye for tough action (this is one of those rare fifties westerns where you actually see blood on the guys who are shot). Universal has come up with a beautiful full screen print. Sure, there's not much in the way of extras (theatrical trailer and that's it), but it's not really the sort of film you can say a lot about. Good, modest entertainment that I'm sure western lovers will enjoy."
The only time I draw is when I'm crowded
Steven Hellerstedt | 06/28/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've been avoiding Audie Murphy for years, copping the attitude Howard Cosell had for the Frank Giffords of the world. Cosell devoted a good portion of at least one book attacking "jockocracy," the invasion of the professional broadcasting booth by unqualified ex-jocks. Audie Murphy was a war hero but the bits and clips I've seen of his work always made it look like he was in over his head. Murphy's appearance in a movie meant one unemployed real actor.
So I was a little trepidatious when I hit the play button on DUEL AT SILVER CREEK. I hung with it through the slow opening exposition scenes (a pod of claim jumpers are terrorizing silver miners, forcing them to sign over their deeds and then shooting them.) By the time Murphy's pa was kilt and he morphed into the poker playing Silver Kid I was hooked. DUEL AT SILVER CREEK is a fun little flick.
Look, this movie made me laugh at things decent folks don't laugh at, but I believe these elements were put in deliberately. This is director Don Siegel's first western and his first Technicolor production. He would go on to work with the likes of Clint Eastwood (Dirty Harry) and John Wayne (The Shootist.) Siegel knew what he was doing.
One of the humorous elements, to me at least, was the proliferation of nicknames. Murphy's Luke Cromwell is the "Silver Kid," or just "Kid." Sheriff Stephen McNally is "Lightning," there's a character called "Rat Face." Lee Marvin plays a heavy nicked "Tinhorn." The lovely Faith Domergue (Opal Lacy) is nicked "Brown Eyes" early on by "Lightning."
Then there's mondo-heavy Eugene Iglesias, who plays Johnny Sombrero. I honestly couldn't refrain from laughing every time he was on screen. Dressed in red and white striped pants and wearing an impossibly large sombrero pushed back off his head he was a caricature of... something. How can a guy in candy stripe pants and a balloon hat intimidate?
Wisely the film-makers don't overload Murphy in this one. Although he's the nominal star, McNally does most of the heavy lifting. Murphy is along more as a wise-cracking (!?) sidekick. My uninformed take on Murphy was that he was a Roy Rogers/Gene Autry type. Squeaky clean, you know. Siegel gives the Silver Kid an edge, and to Murphy credit that edge remains sharp. Still and all it was a bit of a surprise to see Lightning and The Kid interrogating Brown Eyes and hearing The Kid impulsively say "I bet I can get it out of her." Heeheehee. I was half expecting The Kid to call her a punk and ask her if she was feeling lucky.
DUEL AT SILVER CREEK is a dandy little horse opera. It will satisfy without offense those who love traditional westerns, and sate those with less conventional tastes."
The Duel At Silver Creek 1952
John W . Ford | Los Angeles , California . U.S.A | 04/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Celebrated war hero Audie Murphy (1924-1971) packs a two-fisted punch in this action filled western adventure , which also features legendary Oscar winner Lee Marvin (1924-1987) in one of his screen appearences . Stephen McNally (1913-1994) is lightning , the quick-drawing Marshal of Silver City wh?s intent on capturing a ruthless gang of claim jumpers that have been terrorising and murdering local miners -including his best friend . After losing the of his famed trigger fingers in a shootout , Lighting deputizes the sharp-shooting Silver Kid (Murphy) , whose own father was killed by the gang to help bring the outlaws to justice . But their plans are complicated when Lighting falls for beautiful new lady in town ( Faith Domergue 1924-1999), whose interest in the Marshal is a thin disguise for her own dangerous agenda , in this unforgettable drama brimming with puls-ponding thrills , danger-tinged romance and Gun-Blazing glory ! . This is a classic and well done plot ! . High Quality digital transfer . Highly recommended"
A Better Western
Movie Buff | Newark, CA, USofA | 11/29/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of Audie Murphy's Best. A real adult western. Audie Murphy, out to avenge the killing of his father by the gang who jumped their claim, gains a rep as a real fast gun. He rides into a town where the sheriff/gunfighter (McNally) uses his rep to keep the local gunmen in line. When the sheriff is crippled he covers his injury with bravado and hiring the "kid" as his deputy. It's cross and double cross as the sheriff chases the kid away because he thinks the kid betrayed the secret of his injury to his enemies. It's up to the kid to save the sheriff, get the gang and his revenge, and save the day. Great performances by a perfectly selected cast make this a must watch for classic western fans."