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Writers:
Ted Sherdeman (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
10 June 1949 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Ruthless Fortune Seekers Who Will Stop at Nothing... See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Ida Lupino ... Julia Thomas

Glenn Ford ... Jacob 'Dutch' Walz

Gig Young ... Pete Thomas

William Prince ... Barry Storm

Edgar Buchanan ... Wiser

Will Geer ... Deputy Ray Covin

Paul Ford ... 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)
Richard Alexander ... Townsman (uncredited)
Trevor Bardette ... Man in Saloon (uncredited)
Baynes Barron ... Townsman (uncredited)
Hank Bell ... Townsman (uncredited)
Paul E. Burns ... Bill Bates (uncredited)
George Chesebro ... Townsman (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Townsman (uncredited)
Tex Cooper ... Townsman (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Joe (uncredited)
Myrna Dell ... Lucille (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Man in Barber Shop (uncredited)
Elspeth Dudgeon ... Martha Bannister (uncredited)
Virginia Farmer ... County Clerk (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ... Townsman (uncredited)
Billy Gray ... Boy (uncredited)
Karolyn Grimes ... Young Martha (uncredited)

Alvin Hammer ... Husband (uncredited)
Percy Helton ... Barber (uncredited)
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Ludi (uncredited)
Si Jenks ... Old-Timer at Assayer's Window (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Old Folks' Home Resident (uncredited)
Robert Malcolm ... Luke's Bartender (uncredited)
Louis Mason ... Townsman (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Man in Lobby (uncredited)

Antonio Moreno ... Ramon Peralta (uncredited)
George Morrell ... Townsman (uncredited)
Virginia Mullen ... Pioneer Home Matron (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal ... Mrs. Butler (uncredited)
Maudie Prickett ... Wife (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Saloon Girl (uncredited)

Hayden Rorke ... Floyd Buckley (uncredited)

Jay Silverheels ... Deputy Walter (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Old Man (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Eager Fellow (uncredited)
Phil Tully ... Townsman (uncredited)
Tom Tyler ... Luke (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Eddy Waller ... Coroner (uncredited)
Bill Wolfe ... Townsman (uncredited)

Will Wright ... Parsons (uncredited)

Directed by
S. Sylvan Simon 
George Marshall (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Ted Sherdeman (screenplay) &
Richard English (screenplay)

Barry Storm (book "Thunder Gods Gold")

Produced by
Earl McEvoy .... associate producer
S. Sylvan Simon .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Duning 
 
Cinematography by
Archie Stout (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Havlick 
 
Art Direction by
Carl Anderson 
 
Set Decoration by
Sidney Clifford 
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Jack Fier .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Nicholson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Lodge Cunningham .... sound engineer
 
Stunts
Kermit Maynard .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunt double: William Prince (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank G. Carson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Irving Lippman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bill Neff .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Louis .... wardrobe: Miss Lupino
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Arthur Morton .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dorothy Cumming .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"For Those Who Dare" - UK (new title), USA (working title)
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Runtime:
90 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Black and White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #13637) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
There were actually four different mines called the Lost Dutchman in American history. Two are in Arizona, one in Colorado, and one in California.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Thar's Gold in That There Movie, 7 November 2008
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

"Have a gumdrop," offers the cranky Jacob Walz as he woos the scheming Julia Thomas (Ida Lupino). Not the most romantic way of winning a lady's affections, but then Walz can afford a million gumdrops, having just found the fabulous Lost Dutchman gold mine. No wonder she looks pleased taking a little gooey one.

Don't let this fool you-- the movie's a fine under-rated adventure yarn, skillfully weaving together two time-lines surrounding the West's most legendary lost mine. So who's murdering unwary fortune hunters in the real time-line (1949)? Maybe if we follow the flashback to the 1880's we'll find out. It's then that Walz stumbles onto the mine first worked by Mexicans who ended up being massacred by Apaches. From that point on, the story really takes off.

Excellent production values. The earth-shaking special effects are unexpected and expertly done by the usually budget-minded Columbia studios. Ditto the cliff-side sets that blend well with background. Note how efficiently the script establishes the relationship between Julia and husband Pete (Gig Young) in their first scene, one that maybe more importantly satisfied censors of the day.

It's a complicated story-line, but very well coordinated by director S. Sylvan Simon. Note how effectively legend, fact, and melodrama are combined into a coherent tale of enchantment. Who would not be enticed by the real life clues leading to the mine's location-- all the coded pictographs, mysterious window rocks, and elusive sun spots. I expect more than a few would-be adventurers set- out because of this 90 minutes. However, let's hope they didn't set-out like many characters in the movie-- apparently without necessary provisions, that is, nary a burro, pack-horse or jeep in sight. Even Julia unfortunately appears in the desert sans hat!

Still and all, it's a fine cast. Was there ever a better sleek-looking gigolo than Gig Young, or a more soulful emoter than Lupino. She sure gets her chance, sweating her way up those sharp rocks in a nice slice of poetic justice. Ford's really excellent in those early scenes as the hard-bitten outsider. Note, however, how quickly he becomes Americanized losing his distinctive Dutch accent in the later scenes. And too bad Will Geer, the hayseed sheriff, disappeared from movies for decades courtesy the Hollywood blacklist. His grin here is one of the slyest on record.

Topping things off, the movie finishes up in an exciting action-filled climax with an especially droll final word. All in all, I wouldn't be surprised that the project was inspired by the success of the previous year's Treasure of the Sierra Madre, a movie with a similar theme of gold and adventure. I'm just sorry this little nugget hasn't achieve greater recognition for the highly entertaining sleeper it is.

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