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This is quite a good little film. Make no mistake, this is a low budget
B' from Republic. However the story and cast exceeded my expectations.
Don Castle stars as the man who possesses a valuable statue of Madonna,
a statue that is suppose to bring luck to those who are true of heart.
Castle has total faith in people (and the statue) and regularly lends
it out for special events like a wedding, where the statue will bless
the bride and groom with good fortune.
Sheldon Leonard plays the crook who wants to steal the priceless statue. His plan is to have a cohort arrive at Castle's home and take the real statue and leave a worthless fake. His cohort is a tough dame, played by Lynne Roberts. She comes to Castle's home, but circumstances arise and she begins to feel Castle's faith in man and the statue, causing her to renege on her bargain with Leonard. Leonard doesn't take this very well and sets out with a new plan to snatch the statue and deal Roberts a blow for her double cross.
This film is no masterpiece, just a pleasant, well executed B' thriller for those who enjoy such films.
I'd rate this movie as 3/4 or 7.5/10 if I could. It's a cut above
average and clearly worthwhile. The original story of "Madonna of the
Desert" (1948) is by Frank Wisbar. He wrote "Fährmann Maria" (1936) and
its remake "Strangler of the Swamp" (1946), two other intriguing and
mysterious pictures stories that I've seen and reviewed. Like those
two, "Madonna of the Desert" has a mystical element, but it is
religious in this instance. This element and the accompanying religious
themes thoroughly penetrate a crime story, making the two inseparable.
The story involves theft of a Madonna statuette using a fake
replacement. Keep alert when Lynne Roberts makes the switch so that you
can follow what happens thereafter. This film is currently available on
YouTube. Roberts is the central figure in the story.
Director George Blair again shows his proficiency in this kind of shorter film. The cast is more than up to the task, with three actors each of whom is distinctive: Sheldon Leonard, Don Castle and Don "Red" Barry.
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