This movie is based on the TRUE FACTS that is based from the ACTUAL HISTORICAL RECORDS and of the also the legend that was passed
down of how immigrant (Glenn Ford) ‘Jacob Waltz, the “Dutchman” (German)’ of Arizona’s notorious and infamous Lost Dutchman gold mine,
found treasure and love and lost them again. Fortune seeker (Prince William) playing ‘Barry Storm’ (who is Jacob Waltz’s grandson in the movie)
stumbles onto some clues that may lead him to the legendarily infamous Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, but others have tried and been murdered.
Actually shot on location in the area of Superstition Mountain in Arizona, Lust For Gold ranks as one of the best westerns ever made,
also one of the best films (Glenn Ford) ever made, and one of the best films (Ida Lupino) also ever made and definitely the best item
from director S. Sylvan Simon. This is one no holds barred tale of greed that makes Treasure Of The Sierra Madre look like Mary Poppins.
It’s the story of the legendarily famed Lost Dutchman Gold Mine which actually really didn’t even belong to the Dutchman at all.
It was on a sacred Indian site, that first the Spanish discovered and then was rediscovered by Glenn Ford’s character ‘Jacob Waltz’,
a German immigrant who was called ‘Dutchman’ as many Germans were back in the day. The story is a two track item, the modern story
centers on ‘Barry Storm’ (Prince William) who is hunting for the legendary lost gold mine his grandfather ‘Jacob Waltz’ had rediscovered.
There have been some murders committed in the Superstition Mountain area, but that doesn’t deter ‘Barry Storm’ even after he finds the
latest victim and reports the crime to Sheriff (Paul Ford) and his deputies (Will Geer) and (Jay Silverheels). While visiting a nursing
home with some of the old pioneer settlers, ‘Barry Storm’ hears about his grandfather who had in fact run out on his grandmother and
child to search for gold in Arizona. (Glenn Ford) ‘Jacob Waltz’ is one evil man in this, one of his few times he plays a bad guy.
But he gets involved with some equally bad people (Ida Lupino) and her husband (Gig Young) who would like to find out where Ford’s
mine is and steal it from him. The flashback story has several cast members coming to a violent end, both by homicide and by earthquake in one case.
The modern story however, the ending for the murderer on Superstition Mountain will haunt you forever once you’ve seen it. The cast is great,
the cinematography on Superstition Mountain is breathtaking and also this movie should never leave you once seen it.
Ida Lupino as Julia Thomas
Glenn Ford as Jacob Walz
Gig Young as Pete Thomas
William Prince as Barry Storm
Edgar Buchanan as Wiser
Will Geer as Deputy Ray Covin
Paul Ford as Sheriff Lynn Early
Arthur Hunnicutt as Ludi (uncredited)
Antonio Moreno as Ramon Peralta (uncredited)
Hayden Rorke as Floyd Buckley (uncredited)
Jay Silverheels as Walter (uncredited)
Directed by S. Sylvan Simon
George Marshall (uncredited)
Produced by S. Sylvan Simon
Screenplay by Richard English
Based on Thunder God’s Gold by Barry Storm
Music by George Duning
Cinematography Archie Stout
Edited by Gene Havlick
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
June 10, 1949
Country United States
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