The Mine with the Iron Door (1936)

60 or 68 mins | Western | 6 May 1936

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HISTORY

Exterior location shots were filmed in Victorville, CA. This was the second of two films based on Harold Wright novels produced by Principal and released by Columbia. The first was The Calling of Dan Matthews (see above). Sol Lesser previously used Harold Wright's novel as the basis of his 1924 film The Mine with the Iron Door , directed by Sam Wood and starring Pat O'Malley (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; ... More Less

Exterior location shots were filmed in Victorville, CA. This was the second of two films based on Harold Wright novels produced by Principal and released by Columbia. The first was The Calling of Dan Matthews (see above). Sol Lesser previously used Harold Wright's novel as the basis of his 1924 film The Mine with the Iron Door , directed by Sam Wood and starring Pat O'Malley (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.3635.) More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
29 Feb 36
p. 6.
Daily Variety
17 Apr 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
11 Jul 36
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Apr 36
p. 3.
Kinematograph Weekly
23 Jun 36
p. 23.
Motion Picture Daily
20 Apr 36
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Apr 36
p. 45.
Motion Picture Herald
25 Apr 36
p. 36.
New York Times
11 Jul 36
p. 11.
Variety
15 Jul 36
p. 31.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Sol Lesser Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITERS
Scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Sd eng
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Mine with the Iron Door by Harold Bell Wright (New York, 1923).
DETAILS
Release Date:
6 May 1936
Production Date:
2 March--20 March 1936 at RKO Pathé Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
13 May 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6353
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60 or 68
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2146
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

J. Horace Pitkins, who is going broke, cons Bob Harvey into buying shares of his Eureka Discovery Corp., which searches for buried treasure. Harvey learns that the land he bought is rumored to contain the buried treasure of San Capello, the "mine with the iron door." As soon as Pitkins leaves and Harvey takes over the company, the police come to arrest him, but Harvey convinces officer Dempsey to invest $200 for a half interest in the mine. Using the money for travel expenses, Dempsey and Harvey arrive in Ralston, Arizona, a town obsessed with the treasure's legend. The two men hire burros and travel to Monks Canyon, where they come upon the cabin belonging to Thad Hill and his daughter Marta. The Hills' friend, Dr. David Burton, attempts to dissuade Dempsey and Harvey from their search. As Harvey and Marta become close, he admires a gold Spanish cross which was a present from Burton. The cross is marked with an Indian arrow, an eye and the rising sun. During a horseback ride, the couple finds an arrow like the one on Marta's cross carved on a rock. Seeing all of this, Burton takes the cross and tells Hill that he placed gold in the stream to keep him and Marta close by and urges them to stop seeing Harvey. The next day, Burton apologizes to Hill and walks Marta to his cabin, where he tells her he found the treasure fifteen years earlier. He explains that the cross is the key to the mine, the entrance of which is concealed in his house. Meanwhile, Harvey realizes that Burton ... +


J. Horace Pitkins, who is going broke, cons Bob Harvey into buying shares of his Eureka Discovery Corp., which searches for buried treasure. Harvey learns that the land he bought is rumored to contain the buried treasure of San Capello, the "mine with the iron door." As soon as Pitkins leaves and Harvey takes over the company, the police come to arrest him, but Harvey convinces officer Dempsey to invest $200 for a half interest in the mine. Using the money for travel expenses, Dempsey and Harvey arrive in Ralston, Arizona, a town obsessed with the treasure's legend. The two men hire burros and travel to Monks Canyon, where they come upon the cabin belonging to Thad Hill and his daughter Marta. The Hills' friend, Dr. David Burton, attempts to dissuade Dempsey and Harvey from their search. As Harvey and Marta become close, he admires a gold Spanish cross which was a present from Burton. The cross is marked with an Indian arrow, an eye and the rising sun. During a horseback ride, the couple finds an arrow like the one on Marta's cross carved on a rock. Seeing all of this, Burton takes the cross and tells Hill that he placed gold in the stream to keep him and Marta close by and urges them to stop seeing Harvey. The next day, Burton apologizes to Hill and walks Marta to his cabin, where he tells her he found the treasure fifteen years earlier. He explains that the cross is the key to the mine, the entrance of which is concealed in his house. Meanwhile, Harvey realizes that Burton is going insane and rushes in to save Marta. Burton had wanted to keep Marta and the gold away from the world, protected from all possible harm. Later, the town holds a parade as the treasure is removed. +

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