In Arizona, during the 1950s, privileged white girl Amanda Lawrence marries half-Apache mining engineer Jonathan Dartland who dreams of finding gold in an old abandoned Apache mine.



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Complete credited cast:
Amanda Lawrence
Hugh Slater
Maria - Hugh's Nurse
Jim Mablett
Mrs. Lawrence
Princess Saba
Old Larky (as Eddy C. Waller)
Ernest Tyson
Charlotte Wynters ...
Mrs. Mablett


Amanda Dartland accompanies her half-Apache husband Jonathan to a mining community where he will supervise the excavation of an almost mythical Apache treasure. His jealous rages and macho attitude cause her much misery, while the excavation project is threatened by prejudice and fear. Amanda tries to bridge the cultural gap, and Jonathan must do the same, or he will lose her. Mesmerizing brief performance by Celia Lovsky as Princess Saba. Written by Molly Malloy <>

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The story of an impatient love!


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Release Date:

5 August 1955 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

De dorst naar liefde  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



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2.00 : 1
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Mara Corday told writer Tom Weaver that director Pevney had originally cast Allison Hayes in her role, but that Universal-International insisted that Corday be given the role. Hayes left the studio soon after. See more »


Saba: [Indicating, to a tour group, a gathering of young Apache boys on the Reservation] A child here has little contact with his father who, in the old days, was usually away hunting. Today, the father is still much away. He works on the Reservation cattle range. As you see, the little boys play, and have few responsibilities. But there comes a day when they are twelve. Here is a little one, ready to leave his mother and go with the men. From now on, he will work and hunt with the men. Eat and live ...
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Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Jeff Chandler
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"You treat me like a squaw...but I won't walk twelve steps behind!"
6 August 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Hot-blooded potboiler with facetious, flirtatious undermining has New York socialite Jane Russell vacationing at Arizona spa near Tucson; a flat tire brings her together with worldly half-breed Jeff Chandler (Apache on his mother's side, white on his professor father's). Their whirlwind marriage seems like a good idea at first, until Russell learns her engineer husband is beset with prejudice and Indian superstitions at the mine, that the tippling small town doctor wants her for his own, and the gossipy neighbors have their own version of a snobbish pecking order. Entertaining star-vehicle doesn't do much with Dan Duryea's role as the drunken doc (he keeps popping up unannounced, and the finale leaves his character stranded); however, Russell--with her incredulous witticisms--and strong, sexy Chandler are a good match (no big romantic sparks, though with lots of chemistry). The picture doesn't always add up on a logical level, yet emotionally it is intriguing. Handsome production (with rich color), unobtrusive direction, nice theme song co-written by Chandler and Henry Mancini. **1/2 from ****

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