Lure of the Wilderness (Negulesco, 1952)

Lure of the Wilderness (Jean Negulesco, 1952)

It’s been an up-and-down relationship with Negulesco so far for me. Here we have, on paper, what I thought might be my favorite from him yet – a love story set in the swamps of Georgia. Considering this film was shot on location, I was surprised at how unauthentic it felt. Perhaps it was the folks playing the father/daughter tandem who were a bit domesticated feeling for having spent the last eight years in the wild. Or perhaps it was the wooden performance from Jeffrey Hunter which made the central romance void of any real emotion. Something doesn’t click here, and instead of being some type of precursor to the fabulous The New World, it was much more average than I had hoped.  6.25/10

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