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The Secret of Convict Lake (1951)

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In 1871 a convict escapes, with other prisoners, to kill the man that framed him, but has second thoughts after meeting the man's beautiful future wife.



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Complete credited cast:
Zachary Scott ...
Johnny Greer
Rachel Schaeffer
Barbara Purcell
Edward 'Limey' Cockerell
Richard Hylton ...
Clyde Maxwell
Helen Westcott ...
Susan Haggerty
Harriet Purcell
Ruth Donnelly ...
Mary Fancher
Harry Carter ...
Rudy Schaeffer


Jim Canfield, convicted of a crime he did not commit, escapes a Nevada prison with several hardened criminals. He leads them to the small farming community home of the man who not only framed him, but committed the crime. But Jim's plans for revenge are put on hold when he discovers that the local men have all joined the posse in the convict's pursuit, leaving their women behind. He soon becomes attracted to the beautiful and resourceful Marcia, who turns out to be the fiance of the man who framed him. Can Jim protect the women from his less-civilized comrades, fall under Marcia's humanizing influence and still maintain his murderous resolve? Written by Chris Stone <>

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6 women at the mercy of the west's most dangerous outlaws !




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Release Date:

8 September 1951 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

L'énigme du lac noir  »

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1.37 : 1
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good Western, hang in there for the second half
11 November 2010 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

I just want to say that this is a better than average western with a good cast. The first half was rather slow, boring and uneventful. I was about to turn it off, but I fortunately stayed with it. The second half really came to life with lots of action, a fast moving intricate plot and soap opera-like goings on.

It's interesting that the resolution is similar to Glen Ford's oater "The Fastest Gun Alive," another good Western.

The whole cast shined. Besides Ford and Tierney, Zachary Scott and Ann Dvorak were compelling.

Though not an "A" production by 20th century Fox, it was far from the typical "B" production values. The cinematography (Leo Tover), acting, music, dialog, etc. were all top-notch.

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