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Lure of the Swamp (1957)

Passed | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | May 1957 (USA)
Simon Lute ekes out a modest living chartering his skiff to tourists and guiding them through the labyrinthine bayou. When a mysterious stranger asks him to take them deep into the swamp, ... See full summary »

Director:

Hubert Cornfield

Writers:

William George (screen play), Gil Brewer (based on novel by)
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Complete credited cast:
Marshall Thompson ... Simon Lewt
Willard Parker ... James Lister
Joan Vohs ... Cora Payne
Jack Elam ... Henry Bliss
Leo Gordon ... Steggins - Insurance Investigator
Joan Lora ... Evie Dee
James Maloney James Maloney ... August Dee
Myron Healey ... Bank Guard
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Simon Lute ekes out a modest living chartering his skiff to tourists and guiding them through the labyrinthine bayou. When a mysterious stranger asks him to take them deep into the swamp, Simon is curious, particularly when the man requests to make part of the journey alone. After the man's corpse is discovered the following day, Simon learns that the stranger had robbed a bank and that hiding the loot in the inhospitable bayou was the man's objective. But what should Simon do with this newfound knowledge? Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Destination... HELL! - Greed led them into the misty depths of a strange land!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kirottu suo See more »

Filming Locations:

The Bayou, Florida, USA

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Regal Films See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Interesting Oddity
19 March 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Director Cornfield helmed the heist sleeper Plunder Road (1957) shortly after directing this flick. Following that later film, he was hailed by some critics as a Kubrick in-the-making. This film, however, shows little of the later panache of Plunder. It's a decent enough thriller, seemingly filmed entirely in Florida's everglades, which does lend dramatic background. Seems Simon (Thompson) rents skiffs for swamp excursions. As a result he gets mixed up with bank robbers who hide their loot in the big muddy he takes them to. And, oh yes, there's a vampy blonde (Vohs) added for eye candy.

Anyway, I hope they paid Thompson double since I believe he's in every shot, not surprising since the cast is very small. He does a good job too. Catch his many nuanced reactions to events unfolding around him. But the real scene-stealer is, of course, wall-eyed Jack Elam who mugs it up Elam-style. There's been nobody like him before or since, and here he's in fine fettle. There're also some good production touches. For example, Simon wears the same sweat stained shirt throughout. In fact, he wears the same pants too, befitting a guy in the boondocks who's just scrimping by.

No, this little oddity is nothing to write home about. The main draw remains wondering who's a gang member and who isn't. Action may be slow to build, but is still not without interest. Too bad director Cornfield never managed to live up to his early promise.


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