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Desert Gold

3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Jealousy and greed prove to be fatal for an Indian renegade in this all-star cowboy classic.

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  • Actors: Monte Blue, Larry "Buster" Crabbe, Robert Cummings, Leif Erickson, Raymond Hatton
  • Directors: Charles Barton, James Hogan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WPJSYC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,839 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It's obvious that Alpha Home Entertainment spends quite a bit of time designing clever, catchy, and colorful DVD cases. It would be nice if the same care and consideration were afforded to some of the films I have viewed inside those cases.

"Desert Gold" is another example of a beautifully designed DVD case that contains a movie with a picture that has a light and dark contrast that is often washed out. The sound, while not great, is okay. As for the content of the film itself, "Desert Gold" is a rather mundane and annoying adaptation of the Zane Grey novel.

Tom Keene plays the hero, a geologist who is looking for a lost gold mine that is supposedly on land owned by the local Indian tribe. But in "Desert Gold," he just seems to give a bored and uninspiring portrayal of a Western hero.

A very young Robert Cummings is terrible as Keene's assistant who is there to provide some comic relief in the movie. The only relief is when he is not on screen. He is supposed to be someone who is afraid of his own shadow and not very bright, and all of his eye-popping ham acting wears thin in a hurry.

Buster Crabbe, one of my favorite B actors, is totally miscast as a young Indian chief who knows the location of the gold mine and is not about to tell the outlaws, even after he is captured and tortured by them. Crabbe's overly stern expression on his face with his arms crossed during most of his scenes was an image of a Native American that had been basically discarded in Westerns, even back in 1936 when this one was made.

The only two bright spots in this Western are the great Raymond Hatton who plays a crusty, old doctor, and his daughter played by the very beautiful Marsha Hunt.
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Paramount Pictures present "DESERT GOLD" (27 March 1936) (58 mins/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) --- The American actor Buster Crabbe graduated from the University of Southern California and won the 400 meter freestyle in which he medaled in the 1932 Olympics, went to work for Paramount in "King of the Jungle" (1933), next role was "Tarzan the Fearless (1933), Crabbe returned to Paramount Pictures was featured in Zane Grey Westerns which were well received, then came the roles that made him a household word "Flash Gordon" and "Buck Rogers" at Universal Picture Serials (1936-1940), meanwhile PRC Studios was looking for a leading hero "Billy the Kid" and "Billy Carson" in the 1940's B-Western series and ran its course for six years, later made several televison appearances and appeared in a series "Captain Gallant and the Foreign Legion" (1955-1957)

Under the production staff of:
Charles Barton - Director
James Hogan - Director
Harold Hurley - Producer
Stuart Anthony - Screenwriter
Zane Grey - Book Author
Robert Yost - Screenwriter
George Clemens - Cinematographer
Chandler House - Editor
Hans Dreier - Art Director
David S. Garber - Art Director

The story line and plot, The story starts out with Maya (Buster Crabbe) being made chief of the local Indian tribe. It seems that there is a hidden gold mine on Indian grounds and villain Chet Kasedon (Monte Blue) is after it.
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Typical flick of the era. Good watch!
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