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The Mine With the Iron Door -- 1936 


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Movies: Wright's Greatest Sorrow

Click here to read the story:

  • How and why Wright got into the movie business

  • Which movies were actually based on his stories

  • Which were based on stories he had never even seen and quickly despised.

  • Why he wished he had never made a movie.

 
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1936,  64 minutes,  Principal/Columbia,  black and white, mono

Reviews: The Variety critic could find nothing good to say about this "oats opera."  "Strictly a program picture for secondary spots, with production, mounting, and music of minor dimensions."

Judging from the reviews it appears that the story only vaguely resembles Wright's novel.  Arlen plays an inexperienced salesman who heads west to find buried treasure in the Mine With The Iron Door.  An old and mean villain knows where the mine is and attempts to keep Arlen from finding it.  As Arlen gets close to the mine he also falls in love with a beautiful young woman who is also dear to the heart of the older villain.  It is unclear from the reviews what the relationship is between the woman and the villain, perhaps she is his daughter.  Neither review gives a clue how the dilemna is resolved.

Dave Hadsell sent this note: Here's a link to a page with an interesting item about how Gisela Goetten became June Marlowe during the filming of WHEN A MAN'S A MAN.
http://www.dspears.com/fio/f02.htm

Release: Columbia Pictures

Production: Principal Pictures (Sol Lesser)

Director:  David Howard

Writing/Screenplay: From Harold Bell Wright's novel by same name.

Character Actor
Bob Harvey Richard Arlen
Marta Hill Cecilia Parker
David Burton Henry B. Walthall
Dempsey Stanley Fields
Thad Hill Spencer Charters
Pitkins Charles Wilson
Secretary Barbara Bedford
Garage Man Horace Murphy

Availability: This movie has been released on video but I do not know of any current source. It may be out of print. It was once available from BostonPete.com, but I don't find it there now.


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