Haunted Gold (1932)

Passed  |   |  Mystery, Western  |  17 December 1932 (USA)
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John and Janet get a weird letter telling them to go to a ghost town which has an abandoned mine. There they contend with bad guys looking for hidden gold. They are aided by a mysterious Phantom.



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Complete credited cast:
John Mason
Duke ...
Duke - His Horse
Sheila Terry ...
Harry Woods ...
Joe Ryan
Erville Alderson ...
Tom Benedict
Otto Hoffman ...
Martha Mattox ...
Mrs. Herman
Blue Washington ...


John Mason returns to the Sally Ann mine to claim his half share. Janet Cater also returns although her father lost his half share to Joe Ryan. Ryan and his gang are also there to get the gold. A mysterious Phantom is also present. Mason's plan to expose Ryan as an outlaw and to force him to turn his share to Janet works. But when distracted by the Phantom, John is made a prisoner by the gang. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

17 December 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gejagtes Gold  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The statuette of the Maltese Falcon, previously used in the original version of The Maltese Falcon (1931) can be seen in a scene where the film's heroine Sheila Terry is playing the organ. See more »


Joe Ryan: Benedict, just why are you back in town? And what are you trying to pull, up at the Mary-Ann?
Benedict: No one's been near that worthless mine for years
Joe Ryan: I'm not so sure it's worthless. You ain't hanging on here for nothing.
Benedict: Joe Ryan, your father was a bad man in this town. What are you trying to do - live up to his record?
Joe Ryan: Listen to me you old carcass, there's plenty of gold in that mine somewhere, and half of it belongs to me. And I've got a deed right here to prove it.
Benedict: Yes, and I got a pretty good idea...
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Crazy Credits

Duke(II)' is listed 2nd in the opening credits (above the title) but not mentioned in the comprehensive cast list. IMDb's policy for such a case is to list the opening credits first and fill in the rest with the comprehensive list. See more »


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Sweet Genevieve
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Tucker
Played on the organ by Sheila Terry
Played in the score at the end
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Decent John Wayne Vehicle
4 August 2009 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

Haunted Gold is perhaps the closest John Wayne ever got to making a horror picture. It comes complete with secret passages, a ghostly figure, a graveyard, and a creepy butler.

There's great spooky atmosphere in the early scenes but the scary stuff is soon abandoned in favor of a more conventional tale featuring bandits and the theft of a gold mine.

The photography and sets are exquisite and the action scenes are top-notch, even if the script is typical. Fans of John Wayne and nineteen-thirties B-westerns will find it interesting if not entirely spectacular.

However, Haunted Gold is tainted a bit by the racial stereotypes represented by Wayne's annoying sidekick Clarence, played by Blue Washington. The modern viewer might get a little embarrassed while watching it.

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