Desert Gold (1936)

58-59 mins | Western | 27 March 1936

Director:

James Hogan

Producer:

Harold Hurley

Cinematographer:

George Clemens

Editor:

Chandler House

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, David Garber

Production Company:

Paramount Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The title card on viewed print reads: "Zane Grey's Desert Gold ." Grey's novel was serialized in Popular magazine, beginning 1 Mar 1913. Other versions of Grey's novel include the 1919 film of the same title produced by Zane Grey Pictures, Inc., directed by T. Hayes Hunter and starring E. K. Lincoln and Margery Wilson and the 1926 Paramount film of the same title directed by George B. Seitz and starring Neil Hamilton and Shirley Mason (see ... More Less

The title card on viewed print reads: "Zane Grey's Desert Gold ." Grey's novel was serialized in Popular magazine, beginning 1 Mar 1913. Other versions of Grey's novel include the 1919 film of the same title produced by Zane Grey Pictures, Inc., directed by T. Hayes Hunter and starring E. K. Lincoln and Margery Wilson and the 1926 Paramount film of the same title directed by George B. Seitz and starring Neil Hamilton and Shirley Mason (see above). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
19 Dec 35
p. 7.
Daily Variety
22 Jan 36
p. 2.
Daily Variety
17 Feb 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
8 May 36
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Feb 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
18 Feb 36
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald
8 Aug 36
p. 42.
Variety
13 May 36
p. 14.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Zane Grey's Desert Gold
Release Date:
27 March 1936
Production Date:
began 19 December 1935
addl shooting: 22 January--23 January 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
27 March 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6250
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
58-59
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1931
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In Arizona, Moya, an Indian schooled in the white man's ways, becomes chief of his small tribe upon his father's death. In town, Moya is approached by Chetley Kasedon, who wants to be made a partner in mining the tribe's hidden gold mine. When Moya refuses, Chet's henchmen trail and kidnap him in order to force him to lead them to the mine, which is located in the Superstition Mountains. Meanwhile, in a stagecoach, Eastern mining engineer Randolph Gale, traveling with his young tenderfoot friend, Fordyce Mortimer, called "Ford," meets Doctor Belding and his daughter Judith, who are returning from Tuscon for Judith's wedding. In town, Randolph then meets Chet, who tells him he is searching for the richest gold mine in that part of the country and advises him that the mine will belong to the first white man who finds it. Chet's brother Glenn, who is familiar with the Superstition Mountains, leads Randolph and Ford into the hills, then leaves them to search for the mine. Upon entering the mountains, Randolph and Ford find Chet whipping Moya. Despite Randolph's protestations, Chet continues the beating, and Moya refuses to reveal the whereabouts of the mine. Under cover of night, Randolph creeps into Chet's mountain camp and takes Moya's bleeding body to Doc. There, Randolph learns that Judith, with whom he has fallen in love, is engaged to Chet, but has stopped wearing her engagement ring. Out of gratitude for saving his life, Moya makes Randolph a member of his tribal family and gives him a thoroughbred horse named "Drako," who was bred by the tribe. Moya also hires Randolph, saying he needs a ... +


In Arizona, Moya, an Indian schooled in the white man's ways, becomes chief of his small tribe upon his father's death. In town, Moya is approached by Chetley Kasedon, who wants to be made a partner in mining the tribe's hidden gold mine. When Moya refuses, Chet's henchmen trail and kidnap him in order to force him to lead them to the mine, which is located in the Superstition Mountains. Meanwhile, in a stagecoach, Eastern mining engineer Randolph Gale, traveling with his young tenderfoot friend, Fordyce Mortimer, called "Ford," meets Doctor Belding and his daughter Judith, who are returning from Tuscon for Judith's wedding. In town, Randolph then meets Chet, who tells him he is searching for the richest gold mine in that part of the country and advises him that the mine will belong to the first white man who finds it. Chet's brother Glenn, who is familiar with the Superstition Mountains, leads Randolph and Ford into the hills, then leaves them to search for the mine. Upon entering the mountains, Randolph and Ford find Chet whipping Moya. Despite Randolph's protestations, Chet continues the beating, and Moya refuses to reveal the whereabouts of the mine. Under cover of night, Randolph creeps into Chet's mountain camp and takes Moya's bleeding body to Doc. There, Randolph learns that Judith, with whom he has fallen in love, is engaged to Chet, but has stopped wearing her engagement ring. Out of gratitude for saving his life, Moya makes Randolph a member of his tribal family and gives him a thoroughbred horse named "Drako," who was bred by the tribe. Moya also hires Randolph, saying he needs a white man to help make the mine profitable. After Moya shows him the mine, Randolph has Moya's gold specimens analyzed by assayer J. T. Winters, who reports to Chet that Randolph has located the mine. While Chet prepares to marry Judith, his henchman attempts to abduct Randolph and Ford, but Randolph knocks him out and rushes to stop the wedding. With her father's help, Randolph kidnaps Judith in her wedding dress and hides her at Moya's mining camp, where he realizes she loves him. Chet follows with his armed henchmen and opens fire on the camp from behind some rocks, killing an Indian guide who was on his way to retrieve Moya from the village. Judith bravely mounts Drako, who leads her to the Indian village, while Randolph uses dynamite to expose Chet's men. As Randolph fights Chet on a cliff, Moya arrives and shoots him, and he falls to his death, leaving Judith free to marry Randolph. +

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