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Garden of Evil (1954)

A trio of American adventurers marooned in rural Mexico are recruited by a beautiful woman to rescue her husband trapped in a cave in Apache territory.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Frank Fenton (screenplay), Fred Freiberger (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Hooker
Susan Hayward ... Leah Fuller
Richard Widmark ... Fiske
Hugh Marlowe ... John Fuller
Cameron Mitchell ... Luke Daly
Rita Moreno ... Cantina Singer
Víctor Manuel Mendoza ... Vicente Madariaga (as Victor Manuel Mendoza)
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Storyline

Three Americans are headed by ship around the cape to the California gold fields when they are put ashore for several weeks in a sleepy little Mexican village. While there, they are offered the job of following a lady deep into the indian infested mountains of Mexico to rescue the ladies husband trapped by a cave-in at their gold mine. For the job they are promised two thousand dollars each. While each contemplates their own chances for getting the lady and /or the gold mine, if they can survive to enjoy it. Written by Ronnie L. Hyde

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Takes you beyond the land of the Black Sand!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 October 1954 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Volcano See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,070,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)| Mono (Western Electric Recording) (35 mm optical prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Although referred to as a "kid" or "boy", Cameron Mitchell was actually 35. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in Mexico and the Indians are being called Apaches. However, they are dressed as Northeastern American Mohawks. In addition, the men of the Apache nations were traditionally long-haired. In this film, the "Apache" Indians are sporting Northeastern Mohawk haircuts. See more »

Quotes

Fiske: [Seeing Leah feeding sugar to her horse] Look, you see that? Before this is over, you'll be just like that horse, eatin' right out of her hand.
Hooker: Maybe it isn't the woman. Maybe it's the sugar.
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Edited into Verifica incerta - Disperse Exclamatory Phase (1965) See more »

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A SUPERIOR, UNROCOGNIZED WESTERN.
8 November 2004 | by aprovostSee all my reviews

While Garden of Evil is not known to most film fans, it is a favorite of many. Everything about this film is great. The scenery, the music, the incredible cast. Unlike today's films it has lots of say about greed, heroism, love between men, loyalty, and betrayal. It also has more great lines than most movies - all

delivered brilliantly by Susan Hayward, Gary Cooper and Richard Widmark.Here are some as I remember them (not necessarily accurate). Susan to Coop: You need me. Because without me, Mister, you're lost. And when you're lost in this country, you're dead. Widmark to Coop: See that. Every night the sun goes down, and it always takes someone with it. Tonight it's me. Coop to himself: If the earth would made of gold, men would kill for a handful of dirt.

This should be on list of the ten best westerns, right up there with Shane and The Searchers


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