Cave of Outlaws

Cave of Outlaws is a 1951 American Western film directed by William Castle and starring Macdonald Carey and Alexis Smith.[1][2][3] It was also known as The Cave.

Cave of Outlaws
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam Castle
Screenplay byElizabeth Wilson
Story byElizabeth Wilson
Produced byLeonard Goldstein
StarringMacdonald Carey
Alexis Smith
Edgar Buchanan
CinematographyIrving Glassberg
Edited byEdward Curtiss
Color processTechnicolor
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • November 1951 (1951-11)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States


In 1880, Pete Carver is part of a gang that robs a train of gold. They flee to a cave, where a posse chases and kills all of them except Pete, who insists he does not know where the gold is. Pete is sent to prison. Fifteen years later, Pete is let out of prison. He is tracked by Wells Fargo agent Dobbs who believe Pete will go and find the gold.



The film was based on original story by Elizabeth Wilson of Arizona. She also wrote the script. Filming was to have begun in February 1951 with Howard Duff in the lead.[4] Duff injured his leg and was replaced by Macdonald Carey. The start date was pushed back to 26 March 1951.[5]

The cave scenes were shot at the Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico in April. The caves remained open to the general public during the day and the unit filmed at night.[6]

Castle wrote that "we lived underground like moles" and that "there was little excitement about the whole project."[7]


  1. ^ "Cave of Outlaws (1951)". British Film Institute. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "CAVE OF OUTLAWS". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 18. 1951. p. 375 – via ProQuest.
  3. ^ "CAVE OF OUTLAWS (universal-international-G.F.D.)". Picture show. Vol. 57. December 22, 1951. p. 10. ProQuest 1879607317.
  4. ^ THOMAS F BRADY (February 9, 1951). "HOWARD DUFF GETS LEAD ROLE IN 'CAVE'". New York Times. ProQuest 111853542.
  5. ^ THOMAS F BRADY (March 5, 1951). "JEAN SIMMONS SET FOR R.K.O. VENTURE". New York Times. ProQuest 111846098.
  6. ^ THOMAS F BRADY (April 7, 1951). "MAYER IS REPORTED LEAVING FILM POST". New York Times. ProQuest 112013506.
  7. ^ Castle, William (1976). Step right up! : ... I'm gonna scare the pants off America. Putnam. p. 121.

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