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The Yellow Mountain (1954)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Western | 16 November 1954 (USA)
Frontier drama about two gold prospectors who hope to strike it rich in the mines of Nevada.

Director:

Jesse Hibbs

Writers:

George Zuckerman (screenplay), Russell S. Hughes (screenplay) (as Russell Hughes) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lex Barker ... Andy Martin
Mala Powers ... Nevada Wray
Howard Duff ... Pete Menlo
William Demarest ... Jackpot Wray
John McIntire ... Bannon (as John Mc.Intyre)
Leo Gordon ... Drake
Dayton Lummis Dayton Lummis ... Geraghty
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Sam Torrence
William Fawcett ... Old Prospector
James Parnell James Parnell ... Joe
Denver Pyle ... George Yost
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A formula brawling-buddies western where one goes bad and then returns to the fold. Pete Menlo owns some gold claims in Nevada where he is joined by his old friend Andy Martin. Crooked mine-owner Bannon wants to merge their interests so they can create a monopoly but is turned down. Pete is interested in "Nevada" Wray, daughter of mine-owner "Jackpot" Wray, but she has eyes only for Andy. The rejected Pete joins forces with Bannon and they learn that, because of location, "Jackpot" Wray may be the owner of all the gold in the respective veins. Bannon and his men try to get rid of Andy. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

SPOILER'S EMPIRE! Ruled by the Lust for Gold... And the promise of a woman's unclaimed lips!"; "When gold-fever gripped the wild frontier... And a woman's unclaimed lips waited for the taking! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nevada Gold See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Leo Gordon sports a crew cut. However this hairstyle was not found in the US until the late 1890's. See more »

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War of the Mines!
1 February 2016 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

The Yellow Mountain is directed by Jesse Hibbs and collectively written by George Zuckerman, Russell Hughes, Robert Blees and Harold Channing Wire. It stars Lex Barker, Mala Powers, Howard Duff, William Demarest, John McIntire and Leo Gordon. Music is by Joseph Gershenson and cinematography by George Robinson.

The yellow mountain of the title is in Goldfield, Nevada, and there is gold up there in that thar mountain. There are two local factions in opposition for mining superiority, something is clearly going to have to give...

She thinks I'm a philanthropist.

Lovely tidy Oater this one, it's for the discerning Western fan who has a love for the 1950s boon of the genre. It begins with a fun punch - up as Barker's Andy Martin arrives in town and renews his fremeny relationship with Duff's Pete Menlo, and of course the presence of the gorgeous Nevada Wray (Powers) muddies the testosterone waters still further. Uneasy alliances will be formed and director Hibbs slots in some Western staples (chase/fights/stare-downs etc) as the story progresses, with some very nifty stunt work into the bargain.

Technical credits are way above average. Barker has left Tarzan behind and is playing cowboy, and he's OK, but more of a presence than a fleshy character. Main problem for Barker is the strength of the supporting cast who outshine him. McIntire and Gordon are the weasels, which is always a bonus for Western fans, while Duff and Demarest, the latter of which owns the film, give great character driven turns. With nice outdoor scenery photographed around the Mojave Desert and appealing costuming on show, production is as safe as a brick out-house.

Stoic fans of Westerns will know exactly where it's all going to end up, but formula is fine if the journey is fun and engaging, such is the case here. It isn't going to make anyone's top 100 Westerns list, but genre fans should catch it if they can. 7/10


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