Gold of the Seven Saints
|Gold of the Seven Saints|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gordon Douglas|
|Produced by||Leonard Freeman|
by Steve Frazee
|Music by||Howard Jackson|
|Cinematography||Joseph F. Biroc|
|Edited by||Folmar Blangsted|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
Gold of the Seven Saints is a western film adaptation of a 1957 Steve Frazee novel titled Desert Guns. Released by Warner Brothers in 1961, the 88-minute film starred Clint Walker, Roger Moore, Letícia Román, Robert Middleton, and Chill Wills. It was directed by Gordon Douglas, who had earlier directed Walker in 1958's Fort Dobbs and 1959's Yellowstone Kelly. Leigh Brackett wrote the screenplay and Joseph F. Biroc provided the black-and-white photography, most of which was shot in and around Arches National Park in Utah. The film did not do notably well at the box office.
Two fur traders, Jim Rainbolt (Clint Walker) and Shaun Garrett (Roger Moore), stumble across a big gold strike. With the ruthless bandit McCracken (Gene Evans) and his men in relentless pursuit, they hide the gold behind a giant boulder. Shaun is wounded, but Doc Gates (Chill Wills) shows up out of nowhere and patches him up and is made a full partner. They take refuge at the ranch of Amos Gondora, an old friend of Jim's. There they are introduced to Gondora's so-called "ward", an Indian maiden called Tita (Letícia Román). That night some of McCracken's men stage a stampede and draw Jim and Gondora away. While they are gone, McCracken and some men ride up and take Shaun and Doc captive. He kills Doc because he is unable to tell the hiding place of the gold.
Shaun does not know how to find the hiding place and even under torture cannot lead anyone to the gold. Rainbolt tracks and finds McCracken and his men. After a shootout, McCracken is the only one left of his gang, but he has a gun to Shaun's head and compels Rainbolt to lead him to the gold. When they get there, Rainbolt feigns being unable to move the boulder alone, drawing McCracken in close enough for Rainbolt to roll another boulder onto McCracken's leg, trapping him. Rainbolt and Garrett intend to leave McCracken there to die, but Gondora and his men show up.
Everything seems all right until Gondora puts friendship aside and demands the gold for himself. Jim and Shaun run from them and must cross a rushing river to get away. The bags of gold fall apart and the gold is lost in the river where it came from. After they laugh at this turn of events, Gondora pledges his friendship again and Rainbolt and Garrett set out to return to their fur trapping.
- Clint Walker as Jim
- Roger Moore as Shaun
- Robert Middleton as Gondora
- Chill Wills as Doc Gates
- Letícia Román as Tita
- Gene Evans as McCracken
- Roberto Contreras as Armenderez, Gondora Gunman
- Jack Williams as Ames
- Art Stewart as Ricca
- Nestor Paiva as Gondora Henchman
- Christopher Dark as Frank
- Lalo Rios as Mexican Robber
- Vito Scotti as Gondara's Cook
- "Gold of the Seven Saints (1961) - Overview". TCM.com. 1961-02-01. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
- Eugene Archer (1961-04-06). "Movie Review – Gold of the Seven Saints – Saints and Sinners". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
- D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.
- Gold of the Seven Saints on IMDb
- Gold of the Seven Saints at the TCM Movie Database
- Gold of the Seven Saints at AllMovie
- Gold of the Seven Saints at the American Film Institute Catalog
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