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The Way to the Gold (1957)

An old inmate tells his cellmate, who's up for parole, about the location of a 35-year old gold loot and the released convict goes looking for it in Arizona.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe Mundy
... Henrietta 'Hank' Clifford - waitress
... Marshal Hannibal
... Uncle George Williams
... Little Brother Williams
... Clem Williams
... Mrs. Williams
Tom Pittman ... Sid Songster Jr.
... Mr. Ding - cafe owner
Geraldo Mandia ... Brokaw
Ted Edwards ... Sid Songster Sr.
Alan Jeffrey ... Brokaw's driver
... Intern
... Mr. Felton
Frank Mazzola ... Teenager


Joe Mundy is being released from prison and an old convict, whom he has befriended, tells him the location of a stolen cache of gold. Leaving the prison, Joe is followed to Glendale, Arizona by Little Brother Williams. There Joe meets Henrietta Clifford, a waitress, who befriends him after he is badly beaten by Williams. Marshal Hannibal questions Joe, who is unable to identify his assailant. At the boarding house where Henrietta is staying, Joe meets Mrs. Williams and her sons, Little Brother and Clem. Mrs. Williams' husband had participated in the gold robbery but had been killed before he could reveal the location of the cache. Joe also encounters Uncle George, Mrs. Williams' eccentric brother. Joe and Henrietta leave town to find the gold and are followed by the marshal. The two come to a road where they find Mrs. Williams, her sons and Uncle George waiting for them with a shotgun, and order them to proceed to the gold. (But not before Joe is beaten up by Little Brother for the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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All roads lead to sweeping adventure and violent excitement on The Way to the Gold.


Adventure | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

10 May 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Spur zum Gold  »

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$920,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)| (Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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A January 1957 "Hollywood Reporter" news item noted that Arizona State Prison Warden Frank Eyman and Captain of the Guards Lou Hochstatter appeared as themselves in the prison scenes filmed at the state penitentiary in Florence. See more »


Joe Mundy: What do I gotta do to get waited on?
Henrietta 'Hank' Clifford, waitress: Wait.
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In the Sweet Bye and Bye
Lyrics by Vincent Bryan
Music by Harry von Tilzer
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Williams Family Values
20 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

Before leaving prison Jeffrey Hunter is told where a huge cache of buried gold, loot from a robbery that the old man who was Hunter's cell-mate stole and hid before he was caught. Hunter gets out with memorized directions on The Way To The Gold.

This is a neat though low budget story of Hunter's quest for instant riches. His problem is that as it turns out when he gets to town he boards with a family named Williams whose relatives have a branch that we see over in Deliverance. There's Mama Ruth Donnelly, her fine scholarly cosmopolitan sons Jacques Aubuchon and Neville Brand and crazy old Uncle Walter Brennan. Donnelly's husband and Brennan's brother was in on the job, but he was killed and they've spent close to thirty years looking for the loot.

Hunter's only friend is hash house slinging waitress Sheree North who also boards with the inbreds. And there's a very shrewd sheriff played by Barry Sullivan who's just watching and waiting to see how things break.

The Way To The Gold is a really good film despite what I think was a miscast Jeffrey Hunter. Hunter was too white bread for the part of an ex-con. Paul Newman or Steve McQueen would have feasted on this part.

And you'll love the genteel family Williams.

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