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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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Complete credited cast:
Jacob 'Dutch' Walz
Pete Thomas
Barry Storm
Deputy Ray Covin
Sheriff Lynn Early
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bryar ...
Townsman (scenes deleted)
Matty Fain ...
Gambler (scenes deleted)
Fred F. Sears ...
Hotel Clerk (scenes deleted)


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 <>

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If YOU are interested in picking up $20,000,000 in gold ---this picture will give you authentic clues based on historical records of the Stage of Arizona (original print ad) See more »


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10 June 1949 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


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 »


[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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How to find 20 million dollars in gold. Make a sleeper like this one
7 June 2000 | by (Long Island NY) – See all my reviews

Like it's academy award winning predecessor, "The Treasure of Sierra Madre", Gold and the greed that comes with it make for a compelling motion picture.

"Lust For Gold" is really two stories, one set in the present (at least 1949 when the film was made), one set some 50 years earlier. The contemporary part of the story begins with a man named Barry Storm searching for gold. He is no ordinary prospector though. His grandfather was the legendary Jacob Walz who had discovered the "Lost Dutchman Mine". Storm is not the only one looking for the gold however. Among the others are an explorer, and a killer.

A powerhouse trio of stars, Glenn Ford, Ida Lupino and Gig Young, are the protagonists of the historical part of the story. Ford plays Walz, an evil man who finds the gold mine and Lupino, is a no good woman one of many trying to get her hands on the treasure, and Young is equally villainous as Lupino's husband.

There are many elements to this story and they are blended to perfection. S Sylvan Simon, more known as a "B" film director for MGM, had the perfect read on this one. He came into his own as a helmsman with this picture. Unfortunately, this was his last film, succumbing to a heart attach at the age of 41 not long after the completion of this.

Besides, Ford, Lupino and Young, William Prince as Barry Storm has the best role of his acting career. The film boasts a supporting cast of several people who went on to fame and fortune on television. Among them, Edgar Buchanan (Petticoat Junction) Paul Ford (The Phil Silvers Show), Jay Silverheels (The Lone Ranger) and Will Geer (The Waltons).

This film, not made on a big budget, is a real sleeper. It is a great example of what can happen when professionals like these go out to mine a great film. It comes up solid gold

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