|Index||3 reviews in total|
Ghost Treasure (1941)
*** 1/2 (out of 4)
Extremely interesting Carey Wilson short tells the mystery behind a gold ghost in Death Valley, CA. The short tells three separate stories about men finding gold and the fate that befell them. In the first story four American soldiers kill some Indians in order to get gold but things take a nasty turn. In the second a man is being tortured by an Indian when he discovers a rock that turns out to be much more. In the final sequence an old man finds where the gold is but never tells and only takes out what he needs to live. You could really call this an early version of THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE because both films deal with the subject matter of greed and what gold can do to a person. I was really surprised at how effective this movie was because it gets all three of the stories across in a rather eerie manor without preaching to the viewer. The movie was shot in Sepiatone, which is another major plus as it gives the film that certain look and brings out a dryness in the air. Character actor Henry Brandon, from John Carpenter's ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, appears here.
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.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Glenn Ford had an integral part on the MGM Parade Show #19 as I watched it tonight on Turner Classic Movies. But his appearance in the contemporary (1956) movie RANSOM made me think more of GHOST TREASURE. Glenn had starred earlier in a story of Superstition Mountain gold in Arizona. That, too, had a Native American curse with it. But this short uses costumed re-enactment of scenes of Mexican Soldier Manuel Arguello first discovering that gold was to be found in Death Valley, California, in 1843. After his men die from a ghost-like adversary, the story skips to Pete Wilkins, a later prospector who died without telling where he found his gold ore in that area. GHOST TREASURE is one of the content shorts in the Parade Show #19 episode. I am a LUST FOR GOLD enthusiast, the movie in which Glenn Ford co-stars with Ida Lupino, ever since the first day I went to a neighborhood theater in East Los Angeles to see it. But The Park Service at Superstition Mountain Monument in Arizona discourages any serious gold hunters there.
|Plot summary||Ratings||Plot keywords|
|Main details||Your user reviews||Your vote history|