Duel in the Sun

Synopsis: When her father is hanged for shooting his wife and her lover, half-breed Pearl Chavez goes to live with distant relatives in Texas. Welcomed by Laura Belle and her elder lawyer son Jesse, she meets with hostility from the ranch-owner himself, wheelchair-bound Senator Jackson McCanles, and with lustful interest from womanising, unruly younger son Lewt. Almost at once, already existing family tensions are exacerbated by her presence and the way she is physically drawn to Lewt.
Production: Selznick Releasing
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
129 min

Listen to me, darling.

We've very little time.

I want you to lean

on Laura Belle...

make her your inspiration

and your guide.

And then one day,

you'll be the great lady...

I've always wanted you to be.

Promise me that.

I promise.

Cross your heart?

Cross my heart.

She'll love you.

I know she will.

And you must give her

all the love you've had for me.

Smile for me.

Now, now. Head high.


Very strong.

All threats of hell

and hopes of paradise...

one thing at least

is certain...

this life flies.

One thing is certain,

and the rest is lies.

The flower that once

has bloomed forever dies.

Ready, Chavez?

Quite ready, sheriff.


I beg your pardon.

You can't be...

What's your name?

None of your business.


I really am sorry.

I wonder if I could...

I don't talk to no strangers.

That's a good rule generally,

I grant you, but...

in this case, it...

Come on.

Won't you answer

just one question?

What is it?

Did you see

a little southern tot...

on the Guadalupe coach?


Are you sure?

She was traveling alone.

You said "one question."

I know, but it doesn't

seem unreasonable if you...

Now you go away

and leave me alone.

I know all about men like you.


Good morning.

Why couldn't they have been

a little more explicit...

about just which coach

they were sending her on?

Don't worry, Jesse.

I'll drive her out to the ranch

whenever she shows up.

Thanks, Lem.

You can't miss her.

She's one of those...


southern children.

Probably be hungry

and crying her eyes out.

I'll give her some milk

and blow her nose for her.

Thanks again.

And... so long!

So long.

Give my regards to the old man.

I will.

Say hello to Laura Belle for me.


Wait! Do you know

somebody named Laura Belle?

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David O. Selznick

David O. Selznick (May 10, 1902 – June 22, 1965) was an American film producer, screenwriter and film studio executive. He is best known for producing Gone with the Wind (1939) and Rebecca (1940), both earning him an Academy Award for Best Picture. more…

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