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LEX BARKER, MALA POWERS & LEO GORDON 'THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN'

Lex Barker & Leo Gordon in THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN Year: 1954 Rating: ****1/2
Any movie about mining for gold will eventually include double-crossing con artists, and THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN starts right off with honest hero Lex Barker punching his former backstabbing friend in the office of a saloon that's the central location: until they venture into the titular mine with two different names on the claims...

There's the shifty fella Barker fought with in charming, unpredictable Howard Duff, with his eyes on the gorgeous daughter of unlucky lifelong gambling miner William Demarest, a kind of passive version of Walter Huston...

John McIntire with Leo Gordon and Lex Barker in THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN

Yet the budding romance between stubborn scene-stealing beauty Mala Powers with a wooden yet dependably agile Barker has more initial suspense than the inevitable battle-for-riches, that also includes sophisticated villain John McIntire (who owns a neighboring saloon) along with his lead thug in genuine tough guy Leo Gordon...

Eventually becoming the most severe, palpable threat, as Barker battles both crooked partner Duff and Gordon's savage gunslinger in a Western aptly balancing unpredictable twist-and-turn action/adventure and competitive romance in a perfect programmer's length of 80 minutes — that economically covers all that needs uncovering.

Lex Barker in THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN
Lex Barker in THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN
Leo Gordon and Lex Barker in THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN
Leo Gordon and Lex Barker in THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN
Mala Powers and Lex Barker in THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN
Mala Powers in THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN
Mala Powers in THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN
Mala Powers and Lex Barker in THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN with Howard Duff and William Demarest
Howard Duff, Leo Gordon and John McIntire in THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN
William Demarest and Lex Barker with Denver Pyle in THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN
Howard Duff and John McIntire in THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN
Howard Duff and Mala Powers with Lex Barker in THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN
Credits for THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN
Credits for THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN
Credits for THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN
Credits for THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN
Mala Powers in THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN
Leo Gordon and Lex Barker in THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN
Howard Duff and John McIntire in THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN
Leo Gordon in THE YELLOW MOUNTAIN

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