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Lust For Gold [DVD] [1949]

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  • Actors: Glenn Ford, Ida Lupino, Gig Young, William Prince, Edgar Buchanan
  • Directors: S. Sylvan Simon
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, Greek, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030V3I5U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,053 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Somewhere on Superstition Mountain there lies a treasure as big as the West. Silver screen legend Glenn Ford stars as Jacob "Dutch" Walz, the man behind the myth of Arizona's infamous Lost Dutchman gold mine. LUST FOR GOLD is the quintessential gold rush tale, chronicling one man's quest for the mother lode and the complications that come with such passions. This timeless tale of love, loss, danger and greed co-stars Ida Lupino, Gig Young and an uncredited appearance by Jay Silverheels.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
A real western oddity this one! The story behind it is perhaps more interesting than the overly melodramatic film itself. Based on the true story of the lost location of the legendary Lost Dutchman Goldmine, we have both a contemporary setting, well 1949 anyway, and two historical settings, albeit the Mexican/Apache sequence is very brief. We have flashbacks of Glenn Ford as the Dutchman himself, who suddenly finds himself a very popular man after finding the lost mine and striking it very rich. Ida Lupino and her crooked husband, played by Gig Young, plot to cheat Ford out of his mine. Meanwhile in the present day Ford's grandson William Prince tries to rediscover the mine, but is up against murderous opposition.

S Sylvan Simon replaced serial veteran George Marshall as director at the last minute, and simplified the complex plot from Barry Storm's book on which the film is based. The film cries out at the start that it attempts to be as true to the facts as possible, but in typical Hollywood style managed to get sued by Storm for misrepresentation. The title of the film tells you pretty much all you need to know about the film. None of the characters have any redeeming features, and they all most definitely lust after gold. The film seems to use many of the ideas from John Huston's superior "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre", made the year before. That film was however given a more moral backbone with the inclusion of decent men. Interesting to note that in both films the indians and bandits both showed an astonishing naivety towards gold. "Lust for Gold" aka "For Those who Dare" trumps that film for overblown melodrama. We have Ford, who is a fine actor, overcooking his surly turn, whilst there are some miraculously timed earthquakes and snake bites.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Nov. 2011
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Lust for Gold is directed by S. Sylvan Simon and adapted for the screen by Richard English & Ted Sherdeman from the novel Thunder God's Gold written by Barry Storm. It stars Ida Lupino, Glenn Ford, Gig Young and William Prince. Music is by George Duning and cinematography by Archie Stout.

Superstition Mountains, home to the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, and home to many deaths because of it.......

Is it a mythical legend or is it fact? What we do know is that the story of The Lost Dutchman Gold Mind, apparently located somewhere in the Superstition Mountains, East of Phoenix, Arizona, is one hell of a story and makes for an entertaining and interestingly structured Western flavoured movie. Hell! The film even has a tricky little back story that saw author Barry Storm, who was portrayed in the film by William Prince, sue the makers for misrepresentation of his character. Even citing Communism as being what he claimed were some underhand tactics. Further reading on this subject can be found on the internet and it's most interesting stuff. Also noteworthy is that director S. Sylvan Simon (I Love Trouble) was originally only producing the movie, direction was to be by George Marshall (Destry Rides Again/How The West Was Won), but the two of them clashed considerably so Simon took on directing duties as well.

What should be said from the outset is that first time viewers would be well advised to read up on the legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine first. This will help considerably to enjoy the film more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex da Silva on 9 Jun. 2013
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William Prince (Barry) goes in search of gold in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. He is the grandson of Glenn Ford (Dutch) who discovered the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine located there in the 1880s. Before that the Indians had sealed it up after the Spanish had discovered it. To the Indians, the area represents a sacred ground dedicated to the "Thunder God" as there are many storms in the area.

Well, Willy Prince follows another explorer Hayden Rorke (Buckley) who claims he knows where the mine is located, only Rorke doesn't make it as he is shot by a sniper. It seems that a sniper has been killing anyone who gets close to this particular gold mine. Prince rushes back to report the crime to Sheriff Paul Ford (Lynn) and Deputies Will Geer (Ray) and Jay Siverheels (Walter). The rest of the film is told in flashback as we learn of the history of Ford's discovery of the mine and his association with crafty baker Ida Lupino (Julia) before we return to solve the outstanding mystery of who the killer is. And whether or not there is any gold for the taking.

As regards the cast, the acting is OK with a few faults along the way. Ida Lupino starts well but ends up overdoing the melodrama while Glenn Ford is clearly no good at all with a German accent. Thankfully, you don't really notice at first - he sort of slips in and out of something that isn't really German anyway. And his singing in a saloon sounds more Russian to me. Lupino does impress when she speaks in German to him, though. I actually found myself in sympathy with the character of Gig Young (Pete) who plays Lupino's husband, even though he isn't very nice. William Prince is a bit naïve and his narration at the beginning is fairly monotonous.
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