5.9/10
190
8 user 4 critic

Cave of Outlaws (1951)

Released after serving 15 years in prison for train robbery Pete Carver being the only survivor of the gang goes looking for the loot in the caves where it was hidden.

Director:

William Castle

Writer:

Elizabeth Wilson (story and screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Lone Hand (1953)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1870, widowed farmer Zachary Hallock secretly joins a group of outlaws as a solution to his money problems.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Joel McCrea, Barbara Hale, Alex Nicol
Rio Conchos (1964)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A former Confederate officer and a Mexican try to prevent a former Confederate colonel from selling stolen rifles to renegade Apaches in Mexico.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Richard Boone, Stuart Whitman, Anthony Franciosa
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Fictionalized story of how the Dalton brothers were wronged by a crooked development company and became outlaws when the corrupt local courts offered them no justice.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Randolph Scott, Kay Francis, Brian Donlevy
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When ranch hand Tod Lohman accidentally kills the son of a powerful rancher, he panics and flees, but the rancher and his vengeful crew hunt Tod down.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Don Murray, Diane Varsi, Chill Wills
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In Oregon, the Army is ordered to negotiate peace with the Indians but unscrupulous businessmen, who profiteered during the conflict, secretly sabotage the peace process.

Director: William Castle
Stars: George Montgomery, Richard Denning, Martha Hyer
Crime | History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Frank James continues to avoid arrest in order to take revenge on the Ford brothers for their murder of his brother Jesse.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An outlaw separates from his two partners in crime when they join the Texas Rangers, and he continues to commit daring robberies.

Director: Leslie Fenton
Stars: William Holden, Macdonald Carey, Mona Freeman
Comedy | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

John Ford weaves three "Judge Priest" stories together to form a good- natured exploration of honour and small-town politics in the South around the turn of the century. Judge William ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford
Stars: Charles Winninger, Arleen Whelan, John Russell
Comanche (1956)
Certificate: 14 Action | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Common efforts of the U.S. government and the Comanche nation to negotiate a peace treaty are sabotaged by renegade Indians and by the short-sighted Indian Commissioner.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Dana Andrews, Kent Smith, Nestor Paiva
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In Tomahawk, the crooked Jackman brothers control the town, Sheriff Dunham is up for re-election, the sheep growers are banned in town and a stagecoach line undercover investigator arrives to catch the gang that regularly robs the stages.

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Lex Barker, Mara Corday, Stephen McNally
Adventure | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Dishonest riverboat gambler Ben Matthews is blamed for a murder he didn't commit and must find the real killer before the lynch mob finds him.

Director: Rudolph Maté
Stars: Tony Curtis, Colleen Miller, Arthur Kennedy
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young woman joins the Police Department in order to track down the killer who murdered her father.

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: Alexis Smith, Scott Brady, Richard Egan
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Macdonald Carey ... Pete Carver
Alexis Smith ... Elizabeth Trent
Edgar Buchanan ... Dobbs
Victor Jory ... Ben Cross
Hugh O'Brian ... Garth
Houseley Stevenson ... Cooley
Hugh Sanders ... Sheriff
Raymond Bond Raymond Bond ... Doc
Robert Osterloh ... Blackhack
Edit

Storyline

In 1880s Arizona teenager Pete Carver and a gang rob a train and head for nearby caves to hide the loot.They're followed by the sheriff's posse inside the caves where a gunfight kills everyone except for Pete who surrenders to the sheriff.Despite being beaten Pete refuses to tell where the loot is and he's sent to prison.After his release he returns to the town located nearby the caves.Since the train robbery the caves have become a legend for many who still hope to find the hidden gold.By venturing inside the dangerous caves some even paid with their lives.When Pete arrives in town people know he's back for the loot.They're nice to him offering their goods and services to Pete on credit hoping to share in the loot.One such person is local beauty Elizabeth Trent whose husband disappeared in the caves some time ago while searching for the loot.Another person is Wells Fargo detective Dobbs who's following Pete to retrieve the stolen gold. Written by nufs68

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

THE MYSTERY OF THE GREAT WELLS FARGO ROBBERY! (original poster-all caps)

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Segredo da Caverna See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was director Willam Castle's first feature film in color. See more »

Goofs

Two mail bags which are plain with U.S.Mail on them are stolen but in a later shot one bag is seen with a red band at the top and bottom and with no lettering See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The gold in that cave corrupts us all.
1 July 2012 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Cave of Outlaws is directed by William Castle and written by Elizabeth Wilson. It stars MacDonald Carey, Alexis Smith, Edgar Buchanan, Victor Jory, Hugh O'Brian and Houseley Stevenson. A Technicolor production out of Universal International Pictures, with music scored by Joseph Gershenson and cinematography by Irving Glassberg.

1895 and Pete Carver (Carey) is released from Kansas State Prison, he is the only survivor of a gold robbery 15 years earlier that saw his father killed in caves near Cooper Bend, Arizona. The gold was never recovered, and now Carver is back in Copper Bend, and this place, its inhabitants, are about to be privy to greed, treachery and murderous secrets of the past.

William Castle was 7 years away from making his lasting mark on cinema, where his scare tactic gimmicks used to accompany his horror movies ensured him a lasting reputation as a showman producer with tactical nous. Prior to this he was a jobbing director, churning out a number of low rank and file pictures that are rarely mentioned and mostly forgotten about. The odd one, mind, is worthy of spending time with on a Sunday afternoon. One such film is Cave of Outlaws, a Western that certainly doesn't shake the earth or raise the pulse considerably, but has enough interesting locales and quality of story to render it as watchable fodder for the B Western fan.

Standard formula applies here, man has mission to accomplish, gold is the route of all evil, pretty girl offers hope of romantic redemption, but villains and the law are spoiling the broth. There's no great stand out action sequences, but they are well handled by the director and stunt men, with a couple of good old fist fights to brighten the day. The Technicolor print is nice and with Glassberg and Castle making great use of the eerie Carlsbad Caverns and the lovely exteriors at Vasquez Rocks, picture is always pleasing on the eye. Cast are modest, but nothing to annoy or hinder, though it's unusual to see Buchanan turn in an average portrayal. 6/10


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed