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The Secret of Convict Lake (1951)

Approved | | Western | 8 September 1951 (Sweden)
In 1871 a convict escapes, with other prisoners, to kill the man that framed him, but has second thoughts after meeting the man's beautiful future wife.


Michael Gordon


Anna Hunger (story), Jack Pollexfen (story) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... Jim Canfield
Gene Tierney ... Marcia Stoddard
Ethel Barrymore ... Granny
Zachary Scott ... Johnny Greer
Ann Dvorak ... Rachel Schaeffer
Barbara Bates ... Barbara Purcell
Cyril Cusack ... Edward 'Limey' Cockerell
Richard Hylton ... Clyde Maxwell
Helen Westcott ... Susan Haggerty
Jeanette Nolan ... Harriet Purcell
Ruth Donnelly ... Mary Fancher
Harry Carter ... Rudy Schaeffer


Jim Canfield, convicted of a crime he did not commit, escapes a Nevada prison with several hardened criminals. He leads them to the small farming community home of the man who not only framed him, but committed the crime. But Jim's plans for revenge are put on hold when he discovers that the local men have all joined the posse in the convict's pursuit, leaving their women behind. He soon becomes attracted to the beautiful and resourceful Marcia, who turns out to be the fiance of the man who framed him. Can Jim protect the women from his less-civilized comrades, fall under Marcia's humanizing influence and still maintain his murderous resolve? Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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6 women at the mercy of the west's most dangerous outlaws !




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women and condemned convicts
18 November 2009 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

Six condemned convicts escape over a mountain pass (one of them doesn't make it, leaving five) in a blizzard and take refuge in an outpost where the men have temporarily left their wives and assorted other females to watch over the property. It's quite a setup and the movie does not let it down. Directed by Michael Gordon who did the superior Another Part of the Forest, this film nearly equals that one, with the women acting fairly mesmerizing as they eye these cons first with suspicion and later with sympathy and then a little lust. It's fairly predictable but that does not detract from the scenes, especially with Ford and Gene Tierney and Scott with Ann Dvorak. While Glenn Ford is great and has the hero's role, the parts for both Zachary Scott and Jack Lambert as the two heavies, are both excellent. Shot in black and white, the opening scene of them trekking over a mountain in a full on blizzard looks dark and ominous. Gordon doesn't waste any character in the film. Everyone has a background which is revealed with just enough information to leave a lasting impression. Amazing this film hasn't been seen more.

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Release Date:

8 September 1951 (Sweden) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bishop, California, USA See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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