Garden of Evil (1954)

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    • Garden of Evil (1954)



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      Plot Summary
      Three Americans are headed by ship around the cape to the California gold fields
      when they are put ashore for several weeks in a sleepy little Mexican village.
      While there, they are offered the job of following a lady deep
      into the indian infested mountains of Mexico to rescue the ladies husband
      trapped by a cave-in at their gold mine.
      For the job they are promised two thousand dollars each.
      While each contemplates their own chances for getting the lady
      and /or the gold mine,
      if they can survive to enjoy it.
      Written by Ronnie L. Hyde

      Writing Credits
      Frank Fenton ... (screenplay)
      Fred Freiberger ... (story) and
      William Tunberg ... (story)

      Gary Cooper ... Hooker
      Susan Hayward ... Leah Fuller
      Richard Widmark ... Fiske
      Hugh Marlowe ... John Fuller
      Cameron Mitchell ... Luke Daly
      Rita Moreno ... Cantina Singer
      Víctor Manuel Mendoza ... Vicente Madariaga (as Victor Manuel Mendoza)

      Charles Brackett ... producer
      Saul Wurtzel ... associate producer

      Bernard Herrmann

      Milton R. Krasner ... director of photography (as Milton Krasner)
      Jorge Stahl Jr. ... director of photography Film Editing by

      This is the only Western for which Bernard Herrmann composed a score.

      A scene was cut featuring a priest telling the main characters not to go on the journey.
      This character was referred to in the film.

      The story takes place in 1849.

      Although referred to as a "kid" or "boy", Cameron Mitchell was actually 35.

      This was the fourth film telecast on "NBC Saturday Night at the Movies",
      the first television program to exclusively broadcast post-1948
      theatrical films on US network television.

      This one was first telecast 14 October 1961, and like the opener of the series,
      How to Marry a Millionaire, and several others which followed,
      had been filmed in CinemaScope, at its original 2.55:1 ratio,
      and so had to be "formatted to fit your screen"
      i.e. shown pan/scan in the conventional 4:3 TV ratio,
      losing nearly half of the image in the process,
      and literally destroying the composition of each scene.
      But viewers didn't seem to mind.
      The idea proved so successful that NBC soon followed it up with another series
      with the identical format, "Monday Night at the Movies",
      and it wasn't long before the format was taken up by both CBS and ABC.

      This was first announced as a starring vehicle for John Wayne and Gary Cooper.

      The firearms being used belong to the period from about 1870 to 1880.
      If this film was set during the California gold rush period of 1849
      the weapons should all be percussion cap and black powder.
      Repeating rifles weren't developed until late in the Civil War.

      The Steamboat that landed Hooker and Fiske on the shores of Mexico
      is of early 20th century design and definitely not of the gold-rush days of 1849.

      Fiske's horse disappears when they take refuge on the mountain track.

      Factual errors
      The film is set in Mexico and the Indians are being called Apaches.
      However, they are dressed as Northeastern American Mohawks.
      In addition, the men of the Apache nations were traditionally long-haired.
      In this film, the "Apache" Indians are sporting Northeastern Mohawk haircuts.

      Vicente is hit by two arrows (front and back), and the film cuts away to the others.
      When it comes back to Vicente, he now has a second arrow in his back.

      The arrow that strikes Vicente in the belly comes from his right
      and can be seen to be angled like so.
      In later shots, the arrow is angled as though it struck him from his left.

      Plot holes
      When fleeing from the Apaches, the group has no time to bury the bodies
      of Daly and Vicente but sufficient time to cut down Fuller and bury him.

      Fuller rides off to distract the Apaches, but is found dead tied to the cross.
      However, the Apaches who must have been ahead of the party to catch and kill Fuller
      and tie him to the cross, are now behind the party and trying to catch up.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Paricutín Volcano, Michoacán, Mexico
      Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico
      Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
      Churubusco Studios, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico (interiors)
      Tepotzotlán, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico (outdoor sequences)
      Los Concheros River, Mexico (outdoor sequences)
      Guanajuato, Mexico (outdoor sequences)

      Watch the Movie

      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Garden of Evil (1954) is a Western film about three somewhat disreputable
      19th-century soldiers of fortune, played by Gary Cooper, Richard Widmark,
      and Cameron Mitchell, who are hired by a woman, portrayed by Susan Hayward,
      to rescue her husband.

      The movie was directed by Henry Hathaway.

      It's worth noting from the triva section
      This was first announced as a starring vehicle for John Wayne and Gary Cooper.
      Interesting, as I was unaware of this

      User Review

      One of Gary Cooper's best westerns

      PAT wrote:

      6 November 2003 | by NewEnglandPat (Virginia)

      This brooding western has an uneven pace and meanders in places
      but is no less interesting because of the star power of Gary Cooper,
      the film's centerpiece.
      The movie is a grim, spare adventure of a party of mercenaries
      who journey into Indian country for the promise of gold
      to save a woman's husband who's trapped in an abandoned mine.
      Susan Hayward has her own personal demons and searches for redemption
      for destroying her husband's self-esteem and private demons weigh her down
      throughout the picture.
      The film tends to preach at times and has a moral about gold, greed and sacrifice.
      Richard Widmark has a role that seems to have been tailored for him as a cynical cardsharp
      and quick-draw loner who's as much a mercenary as is Cooper but not quite as noble.
      Cameron Mitchell has a thankless role as a weak-willed bounty hunter
      who seems tough enough until his bluff is called.
      Rita Moreno appears briefly and warbles a pretty tune in a saloon,
      and Bernard Herrmann contributes a fine music score.
      Best Wishes
      London- England