Duel on the Mississippi 1955

This looks a really good adventure film – I don’t remember much about it at the time though

Directed by William Castle
Starring Lex Barker, Patricia Medina

Duel On The Mississippi (1955) is not really a Western.

It’s one of those Louisiana riverboat type adventures – set in that area of the USA famous for Huckleberry Finn, and there is plenty of action.

The story centres around a series of plantation raids carried out by vicious bayou killers.

Plantation owner Andre Tulane (Lex Barker) finds himself in debt to the gambler Lili Scarlet (Patricia Medina) and the two are at each other’s throats until one day when Tulane comes to her rescue and soon they are teaming up against pirates.

Lex Barker has just finished with Tarzan – I can’t think why he ever packed it in – and Patricia Medina is beautiful as always – a few years since Botany Bay – one of my favourites, and John Dehner is always terrific.

The Technicolor cinematography is excellent.

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