The Mountain (1956)

mountain “You’re sweating! Thinking of the dead men’s money is making you sweat! I blame myself. It’s my fault for you being like this. Somewhere I must have done something wrong for you to be like this.” – Zachary

Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Dec 2015)

Brief Synopsis – After a plane crash in the mountains, two brothers go on a treacherous climb in order to loot the dead passengers.

My Take on it – I have always been a fan of Spencer Tracy’s work and I was quite disappointed with this movie and his performance in it.

The story just wasn’t written well enough IMHO despite it being a pretty ingenious plot.

I think that if this would be made today using modern special effects it could be done exceptionally well.

To its credit, I think that the cinematography and shots of the mountain climbing scenes were done pretty well for the time this was made, but the story still needs a lot of work to make it easier to digest.

Bottom Line – One of Tracy’s mediocre performances. Story would probably work better now with the use of special effects. Some of the mountain climbing shots are wondrous for its time, but the story and execution of a clever plot need a lot of work to make it more palatable.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Spencer Tracy was on the wagon when he consented to do the film with friend ‘Robert Wagner’ (I). On the way up to the resort they were staying at, Tracy’s cable car malfunctioned and the actor was stuck in the life-threatening situation for some time. That evening the experience caused him to drink heavily and lose his temper. He threw his glass at co-star Wagner gashing his hand, an injury that can be seen in some scenes. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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