Marko (Hugo Haas), is searching for a lost gold mine with his young partner Ray Brighton (John Agar). They find the mine but Marko doesn't want to share the profits and devises a complicated scheme to get rid of Brighton. So, Marko weds buxom and blonde young Peggy (Cleo Moore) figuring that, after the three spend the winter together in a shack far from civilization, he will sooner or later catch them in adultery, and can use the "unwritten law" to kill Brighton and thus escape punishment from the law. But things seldom turn out as planned. —Les Adams (updated by R.M. Sieger)
Short and boring
It surprises me that this is classified as a film-noir because it is not dark. Most of it takes place in the daylight. It also happens in the wilderness (on an obvious studio sound stage). It is not lit with shadows and no venetian blinds. No femme fatale. There was very little tension and the story is corny. I cannot believe adults paid to see this as recently as 1954. I'm glad it was a short movie (79 min).
- Oct 13, 2020
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