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The Treasure of Lost Canyon (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 1 March 1952 (USA)
In California, a boy and his adoptive father find an outlaw's hidden treasure but the news leaks out, sending unscrupulous characters after the gold.

Director:

Ted Tetzlaff

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Brainerd Duffield (screenplay), Emerson Crocker (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Homer 'Doc' Brown
Julie Adams ... Myra Wade (as Julia Adams)
Charles Drake ... Jim Anderson
Rosemary DeCamp ... Samuella
Tommy Ivo ... David
Henry Hull ... Cousin Lucius Cooke
Chubby Johnson ... Baltimore Dan
John Doucette ... Gyppo
Marvin Press Marvin Press ... Paddy
Griff Barnett ... Judge Wade
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Young David, orphaned en route to California, falls into the hands of medicine-show rascal Baltimore Dan. Years later, now a trained thief, he's adopted by eccentric 'Doc' Brown, retired miner and pharmacist. Doc and David become fast friends in their scenic outdoor rambles. But when they discover a hidden treasure, the idyllic interlude gives way to more troubles and a strange coincidence. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Robert Louis Stevenson's Great Adventure Story !

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Adventure | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robert Louis Stevenson's The Treasure of Lost Canyon See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Oh Lemuel, My Lemuel
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Written by Stephen Foster
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Charming, warm-hearted
28 June 2005 | by emefaySee all my reviews

I strongly disagree with the reviewers who said they were disappointed in this film. I realize that there are some Dickensian-type coincidences that may go over the top a bit, but considering the original story was by Robert Louis Stevenson, that is acceptable to me.

The main thing for me is the warm loving relationship between William Powell and the boy, and also the one between William Powell and his wife. They are such good-hearted people and interestingly eccentric, too, it really makes you wish that more people were like them.

I also loved the scenic quality of the area; is it Northern California? So unspoiled, apparently safe, and a nice place to live. I was so happy for the boy, who had suffered in his early life, that he got to move in with such fine people and in such a lovely home.

William Powell is always worth watching, no matter the role. I only discovered this film in recent years, after having known only his urbane persona since I was a child 40+ years ago. Therefore, it was a delightful surprise to see him as this lovable codger sort. A nice role for his latter years, I thought. Even better than the amusing "Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid" a few years earlier.


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