6.7/10
575
14 user 10 critic

The Mississippi Gambler (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance, Western | 5 March 1953 (UK)
In 1854, Mississippi riverboat honest card gambler Mark Fallon wins young Laurent Dureau's diamond necklace family heirloom which, in the end, will bring him happiness and tragedy alike.

Director:

Rudolph Maté

Writer:

Seton I. Miller
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Cold War yarn about a US State Department courier who tangles with Soviet agents and seductive women in post WW2 Europe.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Tyrone Power, Patricia Neal, Stephen McNally
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Although she comes from an aristocratic family, beautiful Prudence Cathaway defies convention by joining the WAAFs and becoming romantically involved with an AWOL soldier.

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Tyrone Power, Joan Fontaine, Thomas Mitchell
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When an heiress finds out that the friendly young man she's met at Sun Valley is really an investigative reporter, she ruins his career by falsely claiming they're married.

Director: Robert B. Sinclair
Stars: Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, Reginald Gardiner
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The life story of the famous pianist and band-leader of the 1930s and 1940s.

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Tyrone Power, Kim Novak, Victoria Shaw
Jesse James (1939)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.

Directors: Henry King, Irving Cummings
Stars: Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, Nancy Kelly
Suez (1938)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Ferdinand de Lesseps, disappointed in love, is sent as a junior diplomat to the Isthmus of Suez, and realizes it's just the place for a canal.

Director: Allan Dwan
Stars: Tyrone Power, Loretta Young, Annabella
Action | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The O'Leary brothers -- honest Jack and roguish Dion -- become powerful figures, and eventually rivals, in Chicago on the eve of its Great Fire.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Tyrone Power, Alice Faye, Don Ameche
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Ship's officer finds himself in command of a lifeboat full of survivors of a sunken luxury liner.

Director: Richard Sale
Stars: Tyrone Power, Mai Zetterling, Lloyd Nolan
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 1898, Irish immigrant Martin Maher is hired as a civilian employee at West Point where, during a 50-year career, he rises to the rank of NCO and instructor.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Robert Francis
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Blake is in love with an aristocratic woman whose husband seriously injures him. Blake's friendship with Lord Nelson provides the basis for Blake's part in the growth of Lloyd's insurance ... See full summary »

Director: Henry King
Stars: Tyrone Power, Madeleine Carroll, Freddie Bartholomew
Fantasy | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Following American reporter Stephen Fitzgerald from Ireland to New York, a grateful leprechaun acts as the newsman's servant and conscience.

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Tyrone Power, Anne Baxter, Cecil Kellaway
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The invasion of Mexico by Cortez, as seen by a young Spanish officer fleeing the Inquisition.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Tyrone Power, Jean Peters, Cesar Romero
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tyrone Power ... Mark Fallon
Piper Laurie ... Angelique 'Leia' Dureau
Julie Adams ... Ann Conant (as Julia Adams)
John McIntire ... Kansas John Polly
Paul Cavanagh ... Edmond Dureau
John Baer ... Laurent Dureau
Ron Randell ... George Elwood
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... F. Montague Caldwell
Robert Warwick ... Gov. Paul Monet
William Reynolds ... Pierre Loyette
Guy Williams ... Andre Brion
Edit

Storyline

Mark Fallon, with partner Kansas John Polly, tries to introduce honest gambling on the riverboats. His first success makes enemies of the crooked gamblers and of fair Angelique Dureau, whose necklace he won. Later in New Orleans, Mark befriends Angelique's father, but she still affects to despise him as his gambling career brings him wealth. Duelling, tragedy, and romantic complications follow. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Meet the fabulous Mark Fallon! His name is whispered by tempting lips from St. Louis to New Orleans. He'll play any game, any stakes...for your money, your woman...or your life! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Held vom Mississippi See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,000,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Both Tyrone Power and Guy Williams played the role of Zorro/Don Diego de la Vega, in the feature film The Mark of Zorro (1940) and the TV series Zorro (1957), respectively. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Gambler from Natchez (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

HAITIAN DEVIL SONG
Written by LeRoi Antoine; sung by him with chorus
Danced by Gwen Verdon
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Biggest Surprise Hit of the 1950s, Great and Absorbing
14 June 2005 | by silverscreen888See all my reviews

Seton I. Miller's script for the "Mississippi Gambler" is his masterwork. Ther film is beautifully directed, and for once at UniversalStudios, it even looks like an "A" budget effort much of the time. The costumes are stunning, the storyline continually enthralling and the characters frankly unforgettable. Tyrone Power is a few years too old for the part of Mark Fallon, prototype of many a later gambler in westerns; but his acting in my professional judgment in this film is the best he ever did. Lovely young Piper Laurie's and intelligence both serve her in her portrayal of a skittish young Southern belle running away from her attraction to Fallon. Others in the stellar cast include John McIntire as Mr. Polly, Ron Randell as Fallon's rival, Ralph Dumke, King Donovan, Julie Adams, Dennis Weaver and first and foremost veteran Cavanagh as Ms. Dureaux, notorious rake in his time who sees his sins visited on his uncontrollable son and daughter. The theme of the film is honesty; Power wants to be an honest gambler on the Mississippi where a jackal's code is the norm. Bue Fallon has one weapon on his side in his unequal battle,; he is the best swordsman in the world. He sets out to build a life with only those two weapons. Ther film's action sequences are unusually fine, and the dialogue is frequently superb, and the characters unforgettable. This film out of nowhere became a top ten hit in the busy film year of 1953, helped by Gwen Verdon's choreography, the serviceable music by Frank Skinner and the production values of sets, lighting and art direction that make the feature seem even more expensive that it was to create. A minor masterpiece, and a memorable romance; it is also that rarity, an historical film of ideas as well as sparkling adventures. One of the great movies by any standard.


24 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed