A mountain climber from America (Warren Douglas) is obsessed by his fear of the Matterhorn, where his father had died on an ascent. Other than begging the question of why he was pursuing ... See full summary »

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Warren Douglas ...
Geoffrey Stevens
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Clara Kingsley
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Col. Hugh Bunning
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Peter Oberwalder Sr.
Helene Thimig ...
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Tommy Donlin
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Jules Koerber
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Peter Oberwalder Jr.
Louis Mercier ...
Franz
John Good ...
Joel Hazlitt
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Mr. Douglaston
Ferike Boros ...
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A mountain climber from America (Warren Douglas) is obsessed by his fear of the Matterhorn, where his father had died on an ascent. Other than begging the question of why he was pursuing mountain climbing to begin with, it does serve as a starting point for the plot. He refuses to climb it as part of a rescue party, which earns him the scorn of a guide (Gilbert Roland) who is his rival for the love of a local girl (Anna Lee). He finally agrees to make the climb and, during the ascent, the guide tries to kill him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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21 June 1947 (USA)  »

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Conquista Alpina  »

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Mounting Passions
16 March 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Before there were astronauts, there were mountaineers. Before there were cool actors there was Gilbert Roland. He is the star of this melodrama. His co-stars are the Matterhorn, Anna Lee and Warren Douglas.

The cliché start of the film is a gentlemen's club dedicated to mountaineering. Old friends in front of a roaring fire sipping fine brandy. A young man Geoffrey (Douglas)has been invited to join them, the son of a famous member of a mountaineering team who lost his life while climbing the Matterhorn. The story is told in flashback.

Hugo (Roland) is a Swiss Alpine guide, the son of another member of that famous team of climbers who lives a happy life in love with Marie (Anna Lee)

All that changes when Geoffrey decides to go on a sentimental journey back to the Swiss town where his father is buried. He meets Hugo's Marie on the train and they become attracted.

From there the movie turns dark, as the rest of the action takes place on the mountain with the two men vying for Marie's favour.

The film holds you attention all the way through. Roland is as reliable and interesting as ever, and while his co-stars Anna Lee and Douglas are rather one dimensional characters, the supporting cast are quite competent.

If you have a little time on your hands, not a bad way to spend it.

The mountain is the real star.


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