The Secret of Convict Lake (1951) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Secret of Convict Lake (1951)





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Glenn Ford plays a convict who breaks out of a 19th century Nevada prison in the company of several less handsome inmates. When they enter a snowbound California village, they find that all the men have left to prospect for silver; only the women remain. The village is known as Convict Lake because, years earlier, $40,000 of stolen money was hidden somewhere in the area. Town matriarch Ethel Barrymore seems to know where it is, but she ain't talkin'. After recovering the money, the convicts are forced to shoot it out with the returning menfolk. All prisoners are rounded up by the law except for Glenn Ford, who has fortuitously been cleared of false charges, allowing him a fadeout embrace with costar Gene Tierney. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Glenn Ford
as Canfield
Gene Tierney
as Marcia Stoddard
Ann Dvorak
as Rachel
Barbara Bates
as Barbara Purcell
Richard Hylton
as Clyde Maxwell
Helen Westcott
as Susan Haggerty
Jack Lambert
as Matt Anderson
Mary Carroll
as Millie Gower
Charles Flynn
as Steve Gower
David Post
as Mike Fancher
Max Wagner
as Jack Purcell
Raymond Greenleaf
as Tom Fancher
William Leicester
as Luke Haggerty
Bernard Szold
as Bartender
Ray Teal
as Sheriff
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Critic Reviews for The Secret of Convict Lake

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

None of the characters is entirely likable, but the cast, headed by Gene Tierney, Glenn Ford and Ethel Barrymore, makes the tale believable.

August 5, 2019 | Full Review…

A grotesquely overcivilized Western larded with small talk about decency and indecency, peace of mind, kindness.

September 15, 2021 | Full Review…

The predictable feel-good melodrama is watchable because of Ford and Tierney.

April 26, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Secret of Convict Lake

Decent drama with a western setting. What distinguishes this from the many like it is the cast. Only in studio era Hollywood would a routine western have a cast roll that consisted of Glenn Ford, Gene Tierney, Ethel Barrymore, Zachary Scott, Jeanette Nolan and the great Ann Dvorak, whose final theatrical feature this was. At a brisk 80 minutes this keeps the tension taut throughout.

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