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Monday, October 9, 2017

Cave Of Outlaws (1951)

A young boy (Russ Tamblyn) is the only survivor of a gang of outlaws that robbed a train. Although the money is never recovered, he is sent to prison. 15 years later, he (now Macdonald Carey) returns to the town near the caves where the money is hidden. The townspeople even advance him credit in anticipation of his recovering the stolen money. But a Wells Fargo detective (Edgar Buchanan) is determined to get the money back. Directed by William Castle (HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL), this western programmer's main distinction are the stunning Carlsbad Caverns caves in New Mexico which serves as the background for much of the film and handsomely shot in Technicolor by Irving Glassberg (THE TARNISHED ANGELS). The film is a rather slow moving effort with not much action until the film's last 20 minutes or so. It's a film about greed and while better films (like TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE) have been done on the subject, this one is modestly adept. I wouldn't go out of my way but if you're a westerns buff, it's an unassuming diversion. With Alexis Smith, Hugh O'Brian and Victor Jory. 

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