Lust For Gold (1949)
Arizona's legendary Lost Dutchman Mine and gold coins
The 1949 Columbia Pictures film "Lust For Gold" tells the legend of Arizona's legendary Lost Dutchman Mine.
Stacks of gold coins appear a few times in the film.
major liberties with Storm's book.
in the film itself.
The film shows a letter signed by Arizona's Governor in 1948, Dan E. Garvey.
2. Governor's Letter
The picture which you are about to see represents, to the best of our knowledge,
the true facts concerning this unusual situation, as substantiated by historical records and
legends of the State of Arizona.
Dan E. Garvey
Governor of Arizona
The film starts in modern-day (1949) Florence, Arizona, about 50 miles east of Phoenix.
3. Superstition Mountains
Barry Storm arrives in Arizona and contacts treasure hunter Floyd Buckley.
Floyd has a map to the legendary Lost Dutchman Mine and Barry introduces himself as the grandson
of Jacob Walz, the German immigrant who discovered the mine.
Barry asks Floyd if he can accompany him but Floyd prefers to work alone.
Floyd heads into the mountains followed by Barry.
4. Floyd hiking into the mountains
A sniper kills Floyd with a high-powered rifle and the Pinal County sheriffs recover the body.
5. Sheriff's office
Barry Storm finds Floyd's map.
6. Treasure map
Deputy Covin tells Storm about the mine. Around 1848 Spaniard Pedro Peralta led a group
to the area and mined $20,000,000 worth of gold. The Spaniards left markings on the rocks to
locate their mines. Apache Indians massacred the miners because they had trespassed onto the
sacred land of the Apache "Thunder Gods". The Indians then covered up the gold with rocks.
They find some old Spanish inscriptions on rocks which might lead to the mines.
7. Treasure signs
Unknown to Barry, the sniper is around.
8. Arizona sniper
The sniper leaves Barry alone, and after an encounter with a rattlesnake, Barry finds an old rifle.
At the sheriff's office he finds that it might have belonged to Jacob Walz.
9. Barry interviews old pioneer
The lady tells him that she was a little girl in 1880 when Jacob Walz, the "Dutchman",
was in the area. She remembers him as a very mean man.
Walz was known as the "Dutchman" as that was a term for a German immigrant.
Jacob and his partner Wiser have followed them.
10. Jacob and Wiser
The pair ambush and kill the miners.
Jacob then murders his partner, buries all of the bodies, and takes a load of the previously mined
gold to Florence, the nearest town.
which by their size appear to be United States $20 gold coins.
Of course these are prop coins.
12. Jacob gets gold coin for his gold
The news of the gold discovery spreads rapidly and a crowd gathers.
Among them is Julia Thomas, a married woman who runs a bakery.
13. Julia watches the excitement
Julia and her husband Pete have been arguing over money as Pete has never made very much.
Jacob has been celebrating and drinking in a bar and later collapses in front of Julia's bakery.
Jacob wakes up and finds his goods and money on a table.
14. Jacob finds his goods neatly stacked
Another pile of coins and a pistol.
15. Julia and Jacob courting
After a few dates, Julia tells Jacob about her husband and suggest that she can bribe
him to divorce her.
16. Jacob shows Julia his map
Julia and husband Pete head into the mountains to look for the mine.
17. Julia and Pete in the mountains
Jacob follows the pair to his mine and, using a rifle, forces them to hide in the rocks.
18. Julia and Pete pinned down at the mine
The pair begin fighting over the little water they have.
19. Jacob watches the pair fight for water
Julia stabs Pete, tells Jacob she wants him, then an earthquake covers all three with rocks
along with the mine. The actual earthquake occurred on May 3, 1887.
detailing the many men who later died looking for the mine, some killed by the sniper.
20. Coroner's records of Pinal County
Armed with his new information, Barry heads into the mountains again.
21. Barry heads into the mountains
He finds the Spanish treasure signs.
22. Spanish treasure signs
Barry then encounters Deputy Covin.
23. Barry meets Deputy Covin
Covin has his pistol out and tells Barry that he has been looking for the mine for twenty years
and that no one else is going to find it.
24. Fight on the rocks
Barry gets assistance from a rattlesnake.
25. Covin gets bitten
Deputy Walter arrives to recover the body.
26. Deputy Walter arrives
Deputy Walter was sent by the sheriff who has long suspected Covin of being the sniper.
Walter leaves with Covin's body, Sheriff Early arrives, and he and Barry decide to stay.
27. The Sign of the Moon
Barry realizes that there is only one day in the year that this sign will locate the mine.
28. Barry and the sheriff
Barry tells the sheriff that he will be back at the right time.
Glenn Ford as Jacob Walz
Edgar Buchanan as Wiser
Ida Lupino as Julia Thomas
Gig Young as Pete Thomas
William Prince as Barry Storm
Will Geer as Deputy Ray Covin
Paul Ford as Sheriff Lynn Early
Jay Silverheels as Deputy Walter
Writers: Ted Sherdeman, Richard English, Barry Storm (book)
Barry Storm didn't like the film and attempted to sue the film company.
One newspaper headline read "Sees Own Movie, Files Suit".
Barry did not like being portrayed as the grandson of the wicked Jacob Walz,
and he didn't like the romance plot or the film's identity of the sniper.