Duel in the Sun (1946)
The 1946 David Selznick film "Duel in the Sun", displays the famous Egyptian Magic Coin
as a "purity medal" presented to a young girl.
Gregory Peck as Lewton 'Lewt' McCanles, Lionel Barrymore as Sen. Jackson McCanles,
and Walter Huston as the 'Sin Killer' preacher.
Both films were produced by the Selznick Studios.
the coin as a medal which will protect her from "sin".
The ranch owner has two sons, one good (Joseph Cotton) and one bad (Gregory Peck).
But being "good" just isn't part of her nature.
Gregory Peck wants to help her exploit her "bad" side.
2. Pearl arrives
3. Ranch sign
4. Lewton McCanles, the "bad" brother
5. Jesse McCanles, the "good" brother
6. The "Sin Killer" prays for Pearl's "purity"
7. The "Sin Killer" gives Jennifer Jones the medal to protect her from "sin"
The medal appears in close-up:
8. The medal side has an Egyptian Pharaoh on it.
9. The medal side has an Egyptian Sphinx and Pyramids on it.
The medal is an "Egyptian Magic Coin" medallion about the size of a US 50-cent coin.
It looks like it is made of white metal or is silver-plated.
The relief on the medal is very flat and appears to be worn.
10. Egyptian Magic Coin medallion
These items were originally produced in the early 1900's as watch fobs by the Sears company.
Later the medallions were produced separately, possibly in the 1920's as part of the
"Egyptian Revival" fashion after the discovery of King Tut's tomb made news all over the world.
They come in various sizes and with and without loops.
For more information on these items, please visit: Egyptian Magic Coins
11. Pearl on the floor wearing her medal
She is doing some cleaning when someone enters.
12. Lewton smirks
He shows up with his cigarette, ready for action.
13. Pearl is wearing her medal
Her welcoming smile lets Gregory know it isn't working.
14. The pass an old mission
Actually the Arizona San José Tumacácori Spanish Mission, built in 1691.
15. The Stone Face
16. Pearl gets her gun
17. Lewton shot
Jennifer Jones as Pearl Chavez
Joseph Cotten as Jesse McCanles
Gregory Peck as Lewton 'Lewt' McCanles
Lionel Barrymore as Sen. Jackson McCanles
Herbert Marshall as Scott Chavez
Lillian Gish as Laura Belle McCanles
Walter Huston as The Sinkiller
Writers: David O. Selznick, Niven Busch (novel)