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Duel in the Sun (TCF 1946, Joseph Cotton, Jennifer Jones)



In Selznick’s amour fou of a Western Duel in the Sun, two brothers become bitter rivals after a beautiful half-Indian woman comes to live on their sprawling ranch.

Niven Busch wrote the novel on which the movie was based in anticipation that his wife, Teresa Wright, would play the role of Pearl Chavez. The role eventually went to Jennifer Jones, later wife of producer David O. Selznick.

Academy Award Nominations: 2, Best Actress: Jennifer Jones; Best Supporting Actress: Lillian Gish.

production details
USA | Twentieth Century Fox | 144 minutes | 1946

Director: King Vidor
Script: Oliver H.P. Garrett, David O. Selznick
Novel: Niven Busch

Joseph Cotten as Jesse McCanles
Gregory Peck as Lewton ‘Lewt’ MacCanles
Jennifer Jones as Pearl Chavez
Orson Welles as Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Hank Worden as Dance- Floor Cowboy (uncredited)
Harry Carey as Lem Smoot
Sidney Blackmer as The Lover
Lillian Gish as Laura Belle McCanles
Lionel Barrymore as Sen. Jackson Tilt McCanles
Herbert Marshall as Scott Chavez
Walter Huston as Jubal Crabbe, the Sinkiller
Charles Bickford as Sam Pierce
Joan Tetzel as Helen Langford
Tilly Losch as Mrs. Chavez
Butterfly McQueen as Vashti
Scott McKay as Sid
Otto Kruger as Mr. Langford
Charles Dingle as Sheriff “Mac” Thompson