Lust for Gold

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  • NR
  • 1949
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • 6.8  (1,687)

Lust for Gold is a 1949 Western film directed by S. Sylvan Simon and starring Ida Lupino, Glenn Ford, and Gig Young. The movie revolves around the legend of the Lost Dutchman’s mine, which is said to be a secret location where a mother lode of gold can be found. The film begins with a brief introduction narrated in the voice of Lupino, who plays the character of Julia Thomas, the granddaughter of Jacob Walz, a German immigrant who spent his entire life searching for the Lost Dutchman’s mine. The story then shifts to flashback mode, with Walz emerging from the desert after many years of prospecting, with a pack full of gold.

Walz returns to civilization, where he is accused of being a criminal, but he refuses to reveal where he found the gold. He is later convicted of murder and ends up dying in prison. His treasure is never found, but the legend of his mine lives on.

The movie then shifts to the present day, where a young mining engineer named Barry Storm (played by Glenn Ford) arrives in Superstition Mountain, Arizona, to conduct research on the Dutchman’s mine. He meets Julia Thomas, who hates her grandfather’s obsession with the mine and wants nothing to do with it. At first, she refuses to help Barry, but he convinces her that he is not like the other treasure hunters who have come before him, and they soon become partners.

Together they explore the mountain and encounter a group of greedy prospectors who are also searching for the mine. The leader of the group is a ruthless and violent man named Pete, played by Gig Young. Pete is obsessed with finding the mine and is willing to kill anyone who stands in his way.

As Barry and Julia get closer to finding the mine, they are faced with many obstacles, including treacherous terrain, dangerous wildlife, and the threat of violence from Pete and his men. Along the way, they also learn more about the history of Superstition Mountain and the people who have tried to find the mine over the years.

The movie is notable for its excellent performances, especially from Lupino and Ford, who have great chemistry on screen. Lupino’s portrayal of Julia is complex and nuanced, and she brings a depth of emotion to the character that is not often seen in Westerns of this era. Ford is also excellent as Barry, bringing a sense of determination and a can-do attitude to the role that is very appealing.

The cinematography in Lust for Gold is also noteworthy, with beautiful shots of the Arizona desert and the Superstition Mountains. The film was shot on location in the area, and the natural beauty of the surroundings adds to the sense of adventure and excitement that permeates the story.

Overall, Lust for Gold is an entertaining and engaging Western film that is elevated by its strong performances and beautiful cinematography. It is a classic tale of greed, obsession, and the search for treasure that will appeal to fans of the genre and anyone who enjoys a good adventure story.

Lust for Gold is a 1949 adventure movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8.

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    1 hr 30 min
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    6.8  (1,687)