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Blowing Wild (1953)

In South America, when Jeff Dawson and Dutch Peterson's oil rigs are dynamited by local bandits, the two partners resort to risky transportation of nitroglycerin to raise money.

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Jeff Dawson
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Marina Conway
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Sal Donnelly
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Ward 'Paco' Conway
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Dutch Peterson
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El Gavilan (as Juan Garcia)
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In a hypothetical country in South America, Jeff Dawson and his partner Dutch Peterson have invested all their savings in a lease contract to explore oil. However, their expectation ruins when bandits blow the derrick of the oil well with dynamite and they get stranded in the town without any money. In despair, they accept the risky transportation of nitroglycerin to raise US$ 800.00 and Dutch is shot in the leg by road thieves; but Jeff discovers that their employer is a trickster and they area not paid for their job. When their former friend Paco Conway meets them, Jeff finds that he is a local tycoon and is married with Marina Conway, who had a past with him. Paco hires Jeff his foreman to help him with his eighteen oil wells while Dutch is recovering in the hospital. Meanwhile the criminals press Paco to pay US$ 50,000.00 otherwise they will blow his wells and Marina revives her love and desire for Jeff, leading the trio to a tragedy. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The whole black-gold border knew the 'Gringo Giant' was on a rampage! Only the girl with the lying-green eyes knew why! See more »


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16 December 1953 (France)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although the film was shot in Mexico and reviews place the story in Mexico, the viewed print contains a title card setting the story in South America. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, following the destruction of the oil rig by El Gavilan's gang, the front of Dutch Peterson's hat goes from brim up, brim down, brim up again and then brim down again, in between shots. Subsequently, it is up again when Dawson and Peterson are walking along a road and picked up by a truck. See more »

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El Gavilan: Good morning, mister.
Jeff Dawson: What do you want?
El Gavilan: You haven't struck oil yet, senor.
Jeff Dawson: What's it to you?
El Gavilan: I only wish to tell you. It's dangerous.
Jeff Dawson: Why?
El Gavilan: They blow up many wells.
Jeff Dawson: Oh, I see.
El Gavilan: Perhaps the mister wants to prevent bandits from blowing up this well?
Jeff Dawson: That'd be pretty hard to do. We have no guns.
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Opening credits: All events, places and persons depicted in this film are fictional. See more »

Connections

Featured in Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) See more »

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La Golondrina
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Music by Narciso Serradel Sevilla
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Blows Hot and Cold
26 September 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In a film that is partially taken from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, two down on their luck Americans, Gary Cooper and Ward Bond, run into an old pal, Anthony Quinn who has become richer in the oil business than these two wildcatters have. Quinn's also married Barbara Stanwyck who at one time had a thing for Cooper.

It's over for Coop, but Stanwyck ain't taking no for an answer. Even the presence of Ruth Roman one of those beautiful woman that are stuck in exotic places in films who's really got Coop's attention, doesn't faze her a bit. She says she'll do whatever she has to, to win Coop back and pretty much does as the film concludes.

Blowing Wild only holds interest because of the star players involved. When you consider that back in the day Cooper and Stanwyck did classics like Meet John Doe and Ball of Fire, Blowing Wild looks like something they did in their spare time on a holiday in Mexico.

Everybody overacts outrageously to keep the film afloat even Gary Cooper if you can believe that.


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