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Lust for Gold (1949)

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

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Jacob 'Dutch' Walz
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Pete Thomas
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Barry Storm
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Wiser
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Deputy Ray Covin
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Sheriff Lynn Early
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Townsman (scenes deleted)
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Fred F. Sears ...
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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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A TRUE AND VIOLENT STORY of reckless men and a lusty woman...and the lure of $20,000,000 INGOLD! (original print ad) See more »


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10 June 1949 (USA)  »

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For Those Who Dare  »

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Trivia

The real Jacob Walz, who claimed that he had discovered the Dutchman, died of pneumonia after severe flooding on his Arizona ranch in 1891. He was nursed by Julia Thomas, the same name as the character portrayed by Ida Lupino in this film and reputed to have been a quadroon. She claimed Walz had told her the mine's location on his deathbed and even sold shares in a Lost Dutchman mining company, but nothing ever came of it. See more »

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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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The Root of All Evil
27 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The "Lost Dutchman" Gold Mine has entered American folklore as one of those unattainable, and menacing, treasures. Supposedly Jacob Walz found it in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, and died without ever revealing fully it's location. At least a dozen people have died violently searching for it. Therefore this film easily adds to the story of greed and blood that covers the wealth of that forgotten mine.

I liked the negative performances of the leads (Ford, Lupino, and Young), none of whom are likable or redeemable. It was very unusual to see them in such characterizations (although Lupino had played some villainous types, like "Betsy Broke" in "The Light That Failed"). Young was still a few years from his first decent role, the weak drunkard in "Come Fill The Cup". Ford usually played good guys, although he did play the politically ambitious Civil War madman in "The Man From Colorado" in this period. But here they all cut their teeth quite well in the film as low lives.

The interesting thing is that they are not the only villains - greed also percolates in the modern part of the movie, where the hero (William Prince) discovers the most unlikely, deadly villain facing him at the end.

Altogether a worthwhile film.


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