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  • nova-6320 May 2012
    This is quite a good little film. Make no mistake, this is a low budget B' from Republic. However the story and cast exceeded my expectations. Don Castle stars as the man who possesses a valuable statue of Madonna, a statue that is suppose to bring luck to those who are true of heart. Castle has total faith in people (and the statue) and regularly lends it out for special events like a wedding, where the statue will bless the bride and groom with good fortune.

    Sheldon Leonard plays the crook who wants to steal the priceless statue. His plan is to have a cohort arrive at Castle's home and take the real statue and leave a worthless fake. His cohort is a tough dame, played by Lynne Roberts. She comes to Castle's home, but circumstances arise and she begins to feel Castle's faith in man and the statue, causing her to renege on her bargain with Leonard. Leonard doesn't take this very well and sets out with a new plan to snatch the statue and deal Roberts a blow for her double cross.

    This film is no masterpiece, just a pleasant, well executed B' thriller for those who enjoy such films.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    In the late 1940's B studio Republic attempted several dramas with spiritual themes. "Angel in Exile" and "Angel on the Amazon" both had mystical heroines (Adele Mara and Vera Ralston) in exotic places. This Republic cheapie has another mystical heroine, but she's a jewel encrusted statue that somehow has the powers to protect anybody in danger while around it. Mobster Sheldon Leonard wants to get his hands on it, and sends out his right hand man Paul Hurst and cynical moll Lynne Roberts to get their hands on it and replace it with a phony. A sudden accident has Roberts catching on fire while trying to snag it, but leaving her with no injury. Of course, she begins to have second thoughts which puts her at odds with Leonard while its owner (Don Castle) and protector (Don "Red" Barry) aide Roberts in stopping the theft. This is an interesting little B action film, part crime caper and part spiritual drama, showing nicely how Roberts reforms based on a sudden surge of faith. Like the two other Republic films I mentioned, there's more than just a touch of "Song of Bernadette" in it. Leonard is great as the heavy, plotting with no regrets and willing to kill. Roberts makes her character very complex in the film's short running time, adding greatly to the film's impact.
  • I loved this kind of morality which comes off with all its interesting turns quite naturally, as Lynne Roberts, dashingly beautiful, changes from a gangster bride to a madonna of the desert. It's all about a small statue, originally from Spain in the 1500s, which found its way to South America, where it ends up in a house in the Arizona desert with a war veteran and his old man, where it becomes attractive to collectors. One of them is a hoodlum and a swindler and will obtain it by any means, which is why he sends out Lynne Roberts for her. A copy is manufactured to arrange a switch, but the switch does not come off without complications, and of course they get mixed up. Even the small madonna herself starts a drama complicating things, and everything runs out of control for everybody. Lynn Roberts succeeds ultimately in landing on her feet, and the whole mess reaches a very satisfactory end, in spite of all the shootings, car accidents, fires, and so on. It's a gem of a small but very educating film.