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Garden of Evil (1954)

 -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  9 July 1954 (USA)
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A trio of American adventurers marooned in rural Mexico are recruited by a beautiful woman to rescue her husband trapped in cave in Apache territory

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Leah Fuller
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Fiske
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Luke Daly
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Víctor Manuel Mendoza ...
Vicente Madariaga (as Victor Manuel Mendoza)
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Three Americans are headed by ship around the cape to the California gold fields when they are put ashore for several weeks in a sleepy little Mexican village. While there, they are offered the job of following a lady deep into the indian infested mountains of Mexico to rescue the ladies husband trapped by a cave-in at their gold mine. For the job they are promised two thousand dollars each. While each contemplates their own chances for getting the lady and /or the gold mine, if they can survive to enjoy it. Written by Ronnie L. Hyde

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gold | mine | mexico | gold mine | apache | See All (37) »

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Takes you beyond the land of the Black Sand!


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Release Date:

9 July 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Garten des Bösen  »

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(35 mm magnetic prints)| (Western Electric Recording) (35 mm optical prints)

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(Technicolor)

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2.55 : 1
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This is the only Western for which Bernard Herrmann composed a score. See more »

Goofs

The firearms being used belong to the period from about 1870 to 1880. If this film was set during the California gold rush period of 1849 the weapons should all be percussion cap and black powder. Repeating rifles weren't developed until late in the Civil War. See more »

Quotes

Luke Daly: What is she trying to prove?
Fiske: That one of us is a hero or a fool.
Luke Daly: Well, anyway, it's her funeral. I don't go to any but my own.
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Edited into Verifica incerta - Disperse Exclamatory Phase (1965) See more »

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La Negra Noche
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A party of western adventurers trek through Mexico in search of a gold mine. After finding it, they must make the return trip through the Garden of Evil.
26 April 1999 | by (Front Royal, VA) – See all my reviews

Gary Cooper, Susan Hayward, and Richard Widmark are on a trip through the wilds of Mexico in search of gold. Hayward's husband was injured in a cave-in at the mine, and she has offered the party a share of the wealth if they will help her injured husband. It sounds simple enough, but there's only one small problem--a band of Apaches that are on the hunt for white scalps. However, the lure of the prospects of wealth spur the group on to the mine, and they reach the mine, save the husband, but now face the dangers posed by the Apaches.

Each character offers some sense of presence to the film; Cooper is able to portray the silent, strength of character person, while Widmark adds a philosophical, yet cynical, view of life in his role as Fiske, a gambler. Cameron Mitchell and a Mexican guide are along, with each hoping for the gold, and the good life it will bring. And, each person has to face the danger posed in the "Garden of Evil." Susan Hayward manages to keep the group together, but only till they reach the mine. After that, it becomes a tale of who will survive.


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