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Garden of Evil (1954)

Not Rated  |   |  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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Hooker
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Leah Fuller
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Fiske
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John Fuller
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Luke Daly
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Cantina Singer
Víctor Manuel Mendoza ...
Vicente Madariaga (as Victor Manuel Mendoza)
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Storyline

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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Sound Mix:

(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

Fiske: [Seeing Leah feeding sugar to her horse] Look, you see that? Before this is over, you'll be just like that horse, eatin' right out of her hand.
Hooker: Maybe it isn't the woman. Maybe it's the sugar.
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Edited into Verifica incerta - Disperse Exclamatory Phase (1965) See more »

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One of Gary Cooper's best westerns
6 November 2003 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This brooding western has an uneven pace and meanders in places but is no less interesting because of the star power of Gary Cooper, the film's centerpiece. The movie is a grim, spare adventure of a party of mercenaries who journey into Indian country for the promise of gold to save a woman's husband who's trapped in an abandoned mine. Susan Hayward has her own personal demons and searches for redemption for destroying her husband's self-esteem and private demons weigh her down throughout the picture. The film tends to preach at times and has a moral about gold, greed and sacrifice. Richard Widmark has a role that seems to have been tailored for him as a cynical cardsharp and quick-draw loner who's as much a mercenary as is Cooper but not quite as noble. Cameron Mitchell has a thankless role as a weak-willed bounty hunter who seems tough enough until his bluff is called. Rita Moreno appears briefly and warbles a pretty tune in a saloon, and Bernard Herrmann contributes a fine music score.


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