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Lust for Gold (1949)

Passed  -  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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Julia Thomas
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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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Hotel Clerk (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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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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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Crime | Western

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Release Date:

10 June 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Berg des Schreckens  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The real Barry Storm, whose 1945 book had renewed interest in the Lost Dutchman Mine, did claim to have been shot at in the Superstition Mountains by a mysterious gunman known as Mr. X. 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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Evil And Greed
29 October 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Shot on location in the area of Superstition Mountain in Arizona, Lust For Gold ranks as one of the best westerns ever made, best films Glenn Ford ever made, best films Ida Lupino ever made and definitely the best item from director Sylvan Simon. This is one no holds barred tale of greed that makes Treasure Of The Sierra Madre look like Mary Poppins.

It's the story of the famed Lost Dutchman Gold Mine which actually didn't belong to a Dutchman at all. It was on a sacred Indian site, that first the Spanish discovered and then was rediscovered by Glenn Ford's character Jacob Walz, a German immigrant who was called 'Dutchman' as many Germans were back in the day.

The story is a two track item, the modern story centers on William Prince who is hunting for the legendary lost gold mine his grandfather Ford had rediscovered. There have been some murders committed in the Superstition Mountain area, but that doesn't deter Prince even after he finds the latest victim and reports the crime to Sheriff Paul Ford and his deputies Will Geer and Jay Silverheels.

While visiting a nursing home for some of the old pioneer settlers, Prince hears about his grandfather who had in fact run out on his grandmother and child to search for gold in Arizona. Ford is one evil man in this, one of his few times he plays a bad guy. But he gets involved with some equally bad people in Ida Lupino and her husband Gig Young who would like to find out where Ford's mine is and steal it from him.

The flashback story has several cast members coming to a violent end, both by homicide and by earthquake in one case. The modern story however, the ending for the murderer on Superstition Mountain will haunt you forever once you've seen it. I saw Lust For Gold over forty years ago and it still stays with me.

The cast is great, the cinematography on Superstition Mountain is breathtaking and the movie will never leave you once seen.


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