Gold of the Seven Saints (1961)

88 mins | Western | 1 February 1961

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Producer:

Leonard Freeman

Cinematographer:

Joseph Biroc

Production Designer:

Stanley Fleischer

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures
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HISTORY

Howard Hawks was originally attached to direct, according to a 3 Feb 1959 DV news item. Gold of the Seven Saints was set to be his first in a multiple-picture deal with Warner Bros. Pictures. Based on the 1957 Steve Frazee novel, Desert Guns, the upcoming project was likened to Warner Bros.’ The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948, see entry) in a 30 Jun 1959 LAT item. A 2 Feb 1961 LAT review of the final film also noted the screenplay was “based on a similar situation” to the 1948 picture, and the 31 Jan 1961 DV review stated the film was “no Treasure by a long shot, but it’s a darn good imitation-heir apparent.” Both reviews lamented that the scenic Utah backdrop had been captured in black-and-white instead of color.
       On 10 Jun 1960, DV reported that actor Roger Moore was forced to drop out of the film since Warner Bros. had suspended him over his refusal to appear in the television series, Maverick (ABC, 22 Sep 1957—8 Jul 1962). However, a week later, the 17 Jun 1960 DV stated that the actor and studio had reconciled, and Moore would appear in both Maverick and Gold of the Seven Saints. Actor Chris Dark and sports columnist Salvatore Baguez were named as cast members in the 29 Jun 1960 and 5 Aug 1960 issues of DV, and Sonya Wilde was tested for a role, as noted in the 21 Jun 1960 DV.
       A production chart in ... More Less

Howard Hawks was originally attached to direct, according to a 3 Feb 1959 DV news item. Gold of the Seven Saints was set to be his first in a multiple-picture deal with Warner Bros. Pictures. Based on the 1957 Steve Frazee novel, Desert Guns, the upcoming project was likened to Warner Bros.’ The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948, see entry) in a 30 Jun 1959 LAT item. A 2 Feb 1961 LAT review of the final film also noted the screenplay was “based on a similar situation” to the 1948 picture, and the 31 Jan 1961 DV review stated the film was “no Treasure by a long shot, but it’s a darn good imitation-heir apparent.” Both reviews lamented that the scenic Utah backdrop had been captured in black-and-white instead of color.
       On 10 Jun 1960, DV reported that actor Roger Moore was forced to drop out of the film since Warner Bros. had suspended him over his refusal to appear in the television series, Maverick (ABC, 22 Sep 1957—8 Jul 1962). However, a week later, the 17 Jun 1960 DV stated that the actor and studio had reconciled, and Moore would appear in both Maverick and Gold of the Seven Saints. Actor Chris Dark and sports columnist Salvatore Baguez were named as cast members in the 29 Jun 1960 and 5 Aug 1960 issues of DV, and Sonya Wilde was tested for a role, as noted in the 21 Jun 1960 DV.
       A production chart in the 8 Jul 1960 DV announced that principal photography began in Moab, UT, on 28 Jun 1960. Location filming also took place outside Kanab, UT, according to the 1 Aug 1960 DV.
       Theatrical release occurred early the following year. The film opened 1 Feb 1961 in Los Angeles, CA, where it played on a double bill with The Last Rebel (1961, see entry); and on 5 Apr 1961 in New York City, where it was shown with The Sins of Rachel Cade (1961, see entry). More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
3 Feb 1959
p. 1.
Daily Variety
10 Jun 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
17 Jun 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
21 Jun 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
29 Jun 1960
p. 16.
Daily Variety
8 Jul 1960
p. 6.
Daily Variety
1 Aug 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
5 Aug 1960
p. 7.
Daily Variety
31 Jan 1961
p. 3.
Daily Variety
7 Feb 1961
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
18 Jun 1959
p. 19.
Los Angeles Times
30 Jun 1959
Section C, p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
2 Jul 1960
p. 11.
Los Angeles Times
1 Feb 1961
Section A, p. 8.
Los Angeles Times
2 Feb 1961
Section C, p. 8.
New York Times
6 Apr 1961.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Desert Guns by Steve Frazee (New York, 1957).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 February 1961
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 1 February 1961
New York opening: 5 April 1961
Production Date:
began 28 June 1960
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures
Copyright Date:
18 February 1961
Copyright Number:
LP25360
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Widescreen/ratio
WarnerScope
Duration(in mins):
88
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Fur trappers Jim Rainbolt and Shaun Garrett find a fortune in gold nuggets and head across the desert for Seven Saints, Utah. A gang led by McCracken pursues them, but the two men manage to hide the gold in a cave and cover the opening with a huge boulder before being overtaken. Shaun is wounded in the resulting confrontation, but he and Jim escape when physician Doc Gates, a hard-drinking ex-gunfighter, arrives to help drive away the outlaws. Taking Doc as a new partner, the men continue their journey until they are stopped by a band of caballeros led by Gondora, an old friend of Jim's, who invites them to rest at his ranch. Also at the stopover is Tita, an Indian Gondora had cared for when she was an orphaned girl; now that she is a young woman, the bandit is willing to sell her to the highest bidder. While Jim and Gondora are rounding up some cattle, McCracken kidnaps Doc and Shaun and takes them to his mountain hideout. Doc is killed when he cannot tell where the gold is hidden, and Shaun is tortured. Jim locates his partner but is forced to divulge the hiding place to save his friend's life; in doing so, however, he topples the huge boulder onto McCracken's legs and leaves him to die. Once again the partners meet Gondora, who announces that Tita has chosen to remain with him; pushing friendship aside, the bandit demands the gold. Jim and Shaun attempt to escape, but as they navigate a dangerous river crossing, the gold is washed downstream into the rapids. The two men join Gondora in a round of hysterical laughter and ... +


Fur trappers Jim Rainbolt and Shaun Garrett find a fortune in gold nuggets and head across the desert for Seven Saints, Utah. A gang led by McCracken pursues them, but the two men manage to hide the gold in a cave and cover the opening with a huge boulder before being overtaken. Shaun is wounded in the resulting confrontation, but he and Jim escape when physician Doc Gates, a hard-drinking ex-gunfighter, arrives to help drive away the outlaws. Taking Doc as a new partner, the men continue their journey until they are stopped by a band of caballeros led by Gondora, an old friend of Jim's, who invites them to rest at his ranch. Also at the stopover is Tita, an Indian Gondora had cared for when she was an orphaned girl; now that she is a young woman, the bandit is willing to sell her to the highest bidder. While Jim and Gondora are rounding up some cattle, McCracken kidnaps Doc and Shaun and takes them to his mountain hideout. Doc is killed when he cannot tell where the gold is hidden, and Shaun is tortured. Jim locates his partner but is forced to divulge the hiding place to save his friend's life; in doing so, however, he topples the huge boulder onto McCracken's legs and leaves him to die. Once again the partners meet Gondora, who announces that Tita has chosen to remain with him; pushing friendship aside, the bandit demands the gold. Jim and Shaun attempt to escape, but as they navigate a dangerous river crossing, the gold is washed downstream into the rapids. The two men join Gondora in a round of hysterical laughter and ride off. +

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