Silver City (1951 film)

Silver City is a 1951 American TechnicolorWestern film directed by Byron Haskin and starring Edmond O’Brien, Yvonne De Carlo, and Barry Fitzgerald.[2]

1951 film by Byron Haskin

Silver City

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Directed by Byron Haskin
Screenplay by Frank Gruber
Based on High Vermilion
(1947 novel)
by Luke Short
Produced by Nat Holt
Starring Edmond O’Brien
Yvonne De Carlo
Barry Fitzgerald
Cinematography Ray Rennahan
Edited by Elmo Billings
Music by Paul Sawtell
Nat Holt Productions
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • December 1, 1951 (1951-12-01)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1 million (US rentals)[1]

It was adapted from the 1947 novel High Vermilion by Luke Short, and was released under that title in the UK.[3]

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When the mining office of Charlie Storrs is robbed by two bandits, his right-hand man Larkin Moffatt gives chase. Larkin catches up to the riders, but then rides off, never to return. A furious Charlie fires him and spreads the word that Larkin is not a man to be trusted. Another very interested party is Josephine Storrs, who once was Larkin’s woman but has recently married Charlie instead.

In the town of Silver City, where he is not known, Larkin settles down and opens a mining assayer’s office. Candace Surrency is pleased when Larkin confirms the value of the ore sample she brought him, but distressed because her dad, Dutch, is leasing the mine and has just 12 days to get while he can before mineral rights revert to the already rich and wealthy RR Jarboe.

Candace’s foreman is beaten by a henchman of Jarboe’s. She tries to get Larkin to work for her, but he declines.

Into town ride Charlie and Jo, curious about Silver City mining opportunities. They are shocked to find Larkin there. It soon becomes clear that Jo only married Charlie for his money, not for love.

Charlie helps turn Jarboe against Larkin.

Jarboe’s men sabotage the mine. Candace continues to plead for Larkin’s help, but he resists. He does explain that he indeed was in on the robbery, planning it as a way to get more money for the greedy Jo, until a guilty conscience led him to leave for good, not spending the stolen loot.

In a final gunfight, Larkin is able to shoot two of Jarboe’s henchmen. The only casualty is Candace’s father, Dutch. As soon as the law can restore order, Larkin intends to see if he and Candace can become business partners and more.

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