Formerly blacklisted screenwriter Carl Foreman and composer Dimitri Tiomkin joined up to coproduce the film, and one can only imagine how Anthony Mann or Howard Hawks might've handled Foreman's sensible script. Thompson goes for scenic splendor, heavy action, and heavier emotions, casting everything at a fever pitch that's wildly enjoyable without betraying his "serious" intentions. A stable of Hollywood veterans (Eli Wallach, Raymond Massey, Edward G. Robinson, and others) appear in lively supporting roles--they're all dispatched in a garish Apache ambush--and Camilla Sparv is an ingénue with plenty of fighting attitude. Gold fever reaches its peak, along with some awesome special effects, and divine intervention reaches new heights of intensity. Top it off with José Feliciano's theme song, and you'll be in zany Western heaven. --Jeff Shannon
The McKenna version of the legend actually centers on Jacob Snively, the German or Duchman in Adams' tale. Snively fought at San Jacinto, served as Paymaster General for the Republic of Texas, raided commerce on the Santa Fe Trail as a 'land privateer' for the Republic and drifted west in 1849. The German found his talent by striking gold and starting several gold rushes in Arizona and New Mexico. (Snively was killed by Apaches in 1871) J. Frank Dobie's book combines several conflicting accounts given by Adams. John Brewer's story, (another survivor) varies considerably from the other accounts.
There is a gorgeous charm that emanates from this movie. And that is reflected by the Grand Canyon, Colrado river, those Apache Indians, the haunting music,J.Lee Thompson, Tell Savalas, Omar Shariff and my man Gregory Peck. May His Soul Rest in Peace.
TODAY I RECD A SILVER COMMEMORATIVE INAUGURAL COIN FROM OUR (WYOMING) GOVERNOR, WHO LIKES "OLD WESTERNS, WHERE YOU CAN TELL THE GOOD GUY'S FROM THE BAD" I THOUGHT THE PERFECT THANK YOU WOULD BE "MACKENNAS GOLD"
--- SILVER AND GOLD STAND THE TEST OF TIME AS DOES "MACKENNAS GOLD" THE SCENERY AND BLUE SKIES GIVE THE FILM AND OLD FILM LOOK, BUT A GOOD LOOK, CAN YOU SMELL THE WESTERN SAGEBRUSH?
A GOOD COMPANION FILM WOULD BE "THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE" WITH HUMPHREY BOGART?