| This is a film that needs to be restored on blu ray DVD. A Darren McGavin jewel.
I watched this movie a lot as a kid because it would play often on weekend or late night tv. It was called RIDE THE HIGH WIND. It's South African title was AFRICAN GOLD. The film starts out where Darren McGavin's character named Mike Gregory is a pilot whose plane has mechanical failures and forces him to crash the plane in the African Desert. As he wanders the desert looking for help he comes across an old wagon and the bones of horses or mules. He is rescued by two surveyors who take him to the house by a mine. The miner's wife, Maria Duval (Alison Seebohm) is attracted to Mike and propositions him because she is so unhappy with her husband who is cruel and walks around with a vicious German Shepherd. Mike has a quickie with her and returns to Johannesburg. He is soon propositioned by a Major Dillon to go back into the desert to where the wagon ruins he discovered because that is suppose to have a fortune in gold buried nearby them. The Major (John Hayter) his son, Jack Dillon (Michael McGovern) and his fiancee Helena Hason (Maria Perschy) want to have Mike take them to the wagon ruins to find this gold. They do some initial scouting an fact finding by talking to the sole survivor of the Boer gold wagon and then proceed on their mission. The conflict arises when they are followed and confronted by the cruel Karl Duval (Albert Lievan) along with his wife Maria and that crazy mean German Shepherd. Needless to say some people will die. The movie has a fantastic twist ending and it is one of Darren McGavin's best. Great performance by him. Clever script, even threw in some science on how to make distilled water from urine. This film has the potential to be perfect for a remake if they had the right cast and did not screw up the script.