A group of adventurers head deep into a South American jungle in search of ancient Incan treasure. A beautiful woman, brought to their camp by hired bearers, has come to join her husband, a... See full summary »
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.,
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Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Highly fictionalized early history of Canada. Trapper/explorer Radisson imagines an empire around Hudson's Bay. He befriends the Indians, fights the French, and convinces King Charles II to sponsor an expedition of conquest.
For his second film following service in the Coast Guard during World War II, Victor Mature takes the male lead role in a Victorian Gothic murder mystery Moss Rose. In this English setting Americans Victor Mature, Vincent Price and Ethel Barrymore are cast. Only Mature fell back on that old standby to make Americans players Canadian to explain the lack of British accent.
Mature's part calls on him to be properly menacing and romantic to social climbing Peggy Cummins who suspects he murdered her friend to get out of an embarrassing entanglement as he is set to wed the socially prominent Patricia Medina. But Cummins is also intrigued by his upper class living and she a chorus girl in a music hall show as was her late friend decided to impose herself on Mature and mother Ethel Barrymore on their country estate where the Moss Rose seems to flourish with the tender loving care of Barrymore and the estate gardener.
Vincent Price and Rhys Williams are the Scotland Yard detectives on the homicide case and they have another before the film is over and almost a third. Mature was the box office for this film and it was why he was cast in the male lead, but truly Price would have been a lot better in the role.
Moss Rose does maintain a nice brooding atmosphere throughout and the best performance in the film is that of Ethel Barrymore. But I can't say more.
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