The Gambler from Natchez

The Gambler from Natchez is a 1954 American adventure film directed by Henry Levin and written by Gerald Drayson Adams and Irving Wallace. The film stars Dale Robertson, Debra Paget, Thomas Gomez, Lisa Daniels, Kevin McCarthy and Douglas Dick. The film was released on August 4, 1954, by 20th Century Fox.[1][2]

The Gambler from Natchez
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHenry Levin
Produced byLeonard Goldstein
Screenplay byGerald Drayson Adams
Irving Wallace
Story byGerald Drayson Adams
StarringDale Robertson
Debra Paget
Thomas Gomez
Lisa Daniels
Kevin McCarthy
Douglas Dick
Music byLionel Newman
CinematographyLloyd Ahern
Edited byWilliam B. Murphy
Panoramic Productions
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • August 4, 1954 (1954-08-04)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States


Apart from his gambler father for four years, Vance Colby is summoned by him. On a riverboat, a German named Gottfried accuses him of cheating, also impugning his father's reputation, but when Vance's back is turned and Gottfried comes after him, riverboat captain Barbee's attractive daughter Melanie intervenes to save Vance.

While ashore, Vance comes to the aid of Yvette Rivage when her carriage's horse is lame. At her family manor, Araby, he meets her brother Andre and fiance Claude St. Germaine, who react harshly, also bringing up Vance's father's reputation as a cheat.

Vance discovers that his father's news was that he had won a half-interest in a new gambling vessel Rivage and St. Germaine were about to launch. Then he learns they had his dad killed, framing him by planting evidence that he had won unfairly. Vance's life is saved by Melanie a second time, and he also survives a duel with Nicholas Cadiz, shooting him in self-defense after Cadiz tries to use a hidden derringer.

Rivage engages Vance in a card game and loses everything, including Araby, but gallantly, Vance returns the estate's deed to a grateful Yvette. She invites him to stay and share Araby with her, but Vance has other plans, which include Melanie.



  1. "The Gambler from Natchez (1954) - Overview". Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  2. O. A. G. (1954-08-14). "Movie Review - The Gambler from Natchez - Gambler From Natchez' at the Globe". Retrieved 2015-09-17.
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