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Lust for Gold (1949)

Passed | | Adventure, Crime, Western | 10 June 1949 (USA)
Fortune seeker Barry Storm stumbles onto some clues that may lead him to the fabulous Lost Dutchman Mine, but others have tried and been murdered.

Directors:

S. Sylvan Simon, George Marshall (uncredited)

Writers:

Ted Sherdeman (screenplay), Richard English (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ida Lupino ... Julia Thomas
Glenn Ford ... Jacob 'Dutch' Walz
Gig Young ... Pete Thomas
William Prince ... Barry Storm
Edgar Buchanan ... Wiser
Will Geer ... Deputy Ray Covin
Paul Ford ... Sheriff Lynn Early
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The tale of how immigrant Jacob Walz, the "Dutchman" (German) of Arizona's notorious Lost Dutchman gold mine, found treasure and love and lost them again. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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LOVE...VIOLENCE...MURDER...for $20,000,000 in gold! (original insert card poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

10 June 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

For Those Who Dare See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There were actually four different mines called the Lost Dutchman in American history. Two are in Arizona, one in Colorado, and one in California. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the Apaches attack the Spanish miners, one of the Apaches hurls a spear, hitting a miner. As the miner turns away and falls, you can briefly see light reflecting off of the guide-wire used to guide the prop spear to its target. See more »

Quotes

[Jacob Walz's gold ore is being evaluated in the Assay Office]
Man in crowd: How much?
First woman in crowd: $40,000.
Second woman in crowd: It's over $40,000.
Third woman in crowd: It's way over $40,000.
Fourth woman in crowd: It's $50,000!
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Camptown Races
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A film noir western
27 April 2006 | by johno-21See all my reviews

I haven't seen this film in a long time and it seems to be a relatively unknown film but this is worth looking for. This is the story of the lost Peralta mine in Arizona's Superstition Mountains near Pheonix better known in legend as The Lost Dutchman's Mine. The film begins in the present day of the film's release of 1949 and we discover there have been several murders recently related to the unknown whereabouts of the mine. The film goes back in time to 1880 and tells the story of the German-born prospector John Walz erroneously called The Dutchman. Between 1880 and his claims to have discovered the mine that had been known by the native Arizona Indians long before, and up to 1949 some 20 murders have been associated with the mine. This film takes some liberties from the story of Walz who didn't come to the area until he was 58 years old and by the time of the film's setting in the 1880's he was in his 70's. Glen Ford stars as Walz in this unusual film noir/western. Ida Lupino is Julian and Gig Young is Pete. In the excellent supporting cast are Edgar Buchanan, Will Gere, Jay Silverheels, Arthur Hunnicut, Paul Ford and William Prince as Barry Storm who wrote the book Thunder God's Gold from which this film is adapted from. S. Sylvan Simon was a versatile director best known for comedies he directed for such comics as Red Skelton and Abbot & Costello but also a film noir director of such films as Grand Central Station, I Love Trouble and Washington Melodrama. Archie Stout who would win an Oscar along with Winton C. Hoch for their photography in The Quiet Man is this film's cinematographer. Ida Lupino would tap Stout to be the cinematographer of her directorial debut in Never Fear, the first of three films they would do together. I would give this an 8.5 out of 10.


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