Rumors of a rich vein of gold embedded in rose quartz persist for Death Valley. Here are three stories from the nineteenth century: in 1843, Mariano Arguello and three other Spanish ...
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Rumors of a rich vein of gold embedded in rose quartz persist for Death Valley. Here are three stories from the nineteenth century: in 1843, Mariano Arguello and three other Spanish soldiers murder Indians when the Europeans discover that the Indians' cooking pot is gold. One by one, the Spaniards die mysteriously, leaving Arguello. Will he make it to safety? In 1864, Walter Henchman stumbles out of Death Valley, half alive, clutching a rose quartz rock that's 50 percent gold. Can he retrace his steps? In 1883, an aged prospector, Pete Wilkins, shows up with $32,000 in gold and quartz. Every month or so, he takes his mule into Death Valley for more. Will he pass on his secret? Written by
Interesting little short produced by Carey Wilson for MGM in '41, a sort of forerunner of TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE where a greedy prospector ends up paying for his greed with his life.
This one is about Manuel Arguello who discovered gold in Death Valley, California, 1843. He and several other men go on a quest for gold after accidentally discovering that Indians have been making pottery from it. He and all of his men are gradually disposed of by an unseen predator. Next, another story along the same lines, another prospector dead. The final story covers the same sort of ground.
All of it is filmed amid rugged mountain locations and photographed nicely in crisp Sepiatone.
Worth watching but the stories could have had more contrast.
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