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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Complete credited cast:
Leah Fuller
John Fuller
Luke Daly
Cantina Singer
Víctor Manuel Mendoza ...
Vicente Madariaga (as Victor Manuel Mendoza)


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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Takes you beyond the land of the Black Sand!


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Release Date:

9 July 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Volcano  »

Box Office


$2,070,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


A scene was cut featuring a priest telling the main characters not to go on the journey. This character was referred to in the film. See more »


The Steamboat that landed Hooker and Fiske on the shores of Mexico is of early 20th century design and definitely not of the gold-rush days of 1849. See more »


Fiske: Believe nothing a woman says, but everything she sings.
Hooker: Who told that?
Fiske: Me.
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Edited into Verifica incerta - Disperse Exclamatory Phase (1965) See more »


by Ken Darby and Lionel Newman
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8 November 2004 | by (MIAMI, FLORIDA) – See all my reviews

While Garden of Evil is not known to most film fans, it is a favorite of many. Everything about this film is great. The scenery, the music, the incredible cast. Unlike today's films it has lots of say about greed, heroism, love between men, loyalty, and betrayal. It also has more great lines than most movies - all

delivered brilliantly by Susan Hayward, Gary Cooper and Richard Widmark.Here are some as I remember them (not necessarily accurate). Susan to Coop: You need me. Because without me, Mister, you're lost. And when you're lost in this country, you're dead. Widmark to Coop: See that. Every night the sun goes down, and it always takes someone with it. Tonight it's me. Coop to himself: If the earth would made of gold, men would kill for a handful of dirt.

This should be on list of the ten best westerns, right up there with Shane and The Searchers

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