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Desire in the Dust

Original title
Desire in the Dust
Year
Running time
102 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Charles Lang (Novel: Harry Whittington)
Music
Paul Dunlap
Cinematography
Lucien Ballard
Cast
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Producer
20th Century Fox / Lippert Pictures
Genre
Drama. Mystery | Southern Gothic. Melodrama. Crime
Synopsis / Plot
Lonnie Wilson, the son of a toothless sharecropper, Zuba Wilson, returns to small southern hometown after spending six years on the chain-gang for killing Colonel Ben Marquand's son in an automobile accident. He revives his love affair with Melinda Marquand, who is now Mrs. Melinda Thomas, since she married Dr. Ned Thomas, while Lonnie was serving time, in her place, for the accident she caused. Somewhat miffed about all this, Lonnie incites Dr. Ned about his wife's infidelity, which Dr. Ned verifies when he catches Lonnie and Melinda in a semi-torrid embrace in Colonel Marquand's hunting lodge. Melinda, looking for an explanation for this situation, shoots and wounds Lonnie to defend her innocence by claiming she was being raped. Colonel Marquand,who had bribed Lonnie to take the blame for his daughter, uses her story to try and have Sheriff Wheaton kill Lonnie, and put an end to all this mess. But there is another reel or two before this mess ends.
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