A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from October 28, 2007
“Lust in the Dust” (overly romantic western movie)

Hollywood had always turned out western movies, but Duel in the Sun (1946) became an infamous one. Actress Jennifer Jones was so sex-crazed that critics called the movie “Lust in the Dust.”

The terse and rhyming “Lust in the Dust” for an overly romantic western became so commonplace that it was used for the title of a 1985 western parody.


Internet Movie Database
Plot summary for
Duel in the Sun (1946)
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. Written by Jeremy Perkins {jwp@aber.ac.uk}

Wikipedia: Lust in the Dust
Lust in the Dust is a 1985 film starring Divine, Tab Hunter, Cesar Romero, and Lainie Kazan, directed by Paul Bartel. It takes its title from a longstanding nickname given to the 1946 Western Duel in the Sun.

Wikipedia: Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones (born as Phylis Lee Isley on March 2, 1919) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American actress. 
Early life
Jones was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Phillip R. Isley and Flora Mae Suber, who toured the Midwest in a traveling tent show they owned and operated. Jones attended Monte Cassino Junior College in Tulsa and Northwestern University.

2 March 1947, Portland (ME) Press-Herald, “Looking at Hollywood” by Hedda Hopper, pg. C7, col. 1:
Hollywood, March 1.—A couple of months ago, when Duel in the Sun threatened to turn into a fracas on earth, a considerable bit of the controversy settled squarely around the surprised head of Jennifer Jones, who played the feminine lead in the picture.
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People who had their concept of what an actress is or isn’t rose up in arms. Some declared the picture should have been retitled Lust in the Dust.

Posted by Barry Popik
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