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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre -- Three ill-fated prospectors who set out across the Mexican desert in search of gold but instead find mistrust, betrayal, and death.
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John Huston (screenplay)
B. Traven (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
24 January 1948 (USA) See more »
Storming to a New High in High Adventure ! See more »
Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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A Definitive Tale of Descent Into Madness See more (208 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Humphrey Bogart ... Dobbs

Walter Huston ... Howard

Tim Holt ... Curtin

Bruce Bennett ... Cody

Barton MacLane ... McCormick (as Barton Mac Lane)
Alfonso Bedoya ... Gold Hat
Arturo Soto Rangel ... Presidente (as A. Soto Rangel)
Manuel Dondé ... El Jefe (as Manuel Donde)
José Torvay ... Pablo (as Jose Torvay)
Margarito Luna ... Pancho
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Robert Blake ... Mexican Boy Selling Lottery Tickets (uncredited)
Guillermo Calles ... Mexican Storeowner (uncredited)
Roberto Cañedo ... Mexican Lieutenant (uncredited)
Spencer Chan ... Proprietor (uncredited)
Jacqueline Dalya ... Flashy Girl (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Flophouse Bum (uncredited)
Ernesto Escoto ... Mexican Bandit (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Customer in Bar Who Warns Curtin and Dobbs about Pat McCormick (uncredited)
Martin Garralaga ... Railroad Conductor (uncredited)

Jack Holt ... Flophouse Bum (uncredited)

John Huston ... American in Tampico in White Suit (uncredited)
Francisco Islas ... Indian (uncredited)
Mario Mancilla ... Child (uncredited)
Julian Rivero ... Barber (uncredited)

Ann Sheridan ... Pretty woman walking past barbershop (uncredited)

Jay Silverheels ... Indian Guide at Pier (uncredited)
Valdespino ... Indian (uncredited)
Ildefonso Vega ... Indian (uncredited)
Harry J. Vejar ... Bartender (uncredited)
Ignacio Villabajo ... Mexican Bandit (uncredited)
Clifton Young ... Flophouse Bum (uncredited)

Directed by
John Huston 
Writing credits
John Huston (screenplay)

B. Traven (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
Cinematography by
Ted D. McCord (director of photography) (as Ted McCord)
Film Editing by
Owen Marks 
Art Direction by
John Hughes 
Set Decoration by
Fred M. MacLean 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Betty Delmont .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Frank McCoy .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Don Alvarado .... production manager (uncredited)
Don Alvarado .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Maybery .... assistant director (uncredited)
John Prettyman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Bob Bono .... props (uncredited)
Frank Durlauf .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Ed Romero .... painter (uncredited)
George Sweeney .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound
Rafael Ruiz Esparza .... sound (uncredited)
Edward Ullman .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)
William C. McGann .... special effects director (as William McGann)
Eddie Craven .... special effects (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunt double: Tim Holt (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Brodie .... assistant camera (uncredited)
William Classen .... grip (uncredited)
Ellsworth Fredericks .... camera operator (uncredited)
Burdette Hoke .... best boy (uncredited)
Mac Julian .... still photographer (uncredited)
Clair Sealey .... gaffer (uncredited)
Jorge Stahl Jr. .... photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert O'Dell .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ted Schultz .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Fred E. Farrell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestral arrangements
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Jack Dumont .... musician (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Antonio Arriaga .... technical advisor
Ernesto A. Romero .... technical advisor
Fred Applegate .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Jaime Contreras .... production assistant (uncredited)
Luis Sánchez .... production chief (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Treasure of Sierra Madre" - USA (poster title)
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126 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:AL | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1948) | Norway:16 | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:TV-PG | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (certificate #12347) | West Germany:6 | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Did You Know?

When John Huston first started working on the project in 1941, the studio had George Raft, Edward G. Robinson and John Garfield in mind for the three main roles. Then World War II intervened. By the time Huston came back from making several documentaries for the war effort, Humphrey Bogart had become Warner Brothers' biggest star. This was entirely appropriate, for when Bogart first got wind of the fact that Huston might be making a film of the B. Traven novel, he immediately started badgering Huston for a part.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: During the fight with the bandits, a shadow of a crew member is visible against Tim Holt's shirt for a few seconds before he goes to check on the condition of Cody.See more »
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Dobbs:Say buddy, will you stake a fellow Am...
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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A Definitive Tale of Descent Into Madness, 19 August 2003
Author: jbirtel ( from United States

There's so much that's already been said in previous reviews that it's senseless to repeat, but hard not to.

On my 1st viewing 15 years ago, 'Treasure...' got catapulted into my top 10 best "1st time movie viewing" experience and it still remains there. Bogart, who displayed such cool confidence in "Maltese Falcon", "Casablanca" and "Big Sleep" is devastating as Fred (don't forget the 'C.') Dobbs. Hollywood brass wanted a more uplifting denouement, but that would have undermined the whole powerful impact of the story. It's dirty, gritty and unrelenting in the power of greed that comes with the lure of wealth. I totally understand if anyone places this as their #1 favorite.

Another testament on the shallowness of the Oscars. Time is the only true testament on the truthful quality of a movie...and this movie stands high.

Can't wait for the 2 disc edition being released in Sept, 2003.

Not for all tastes, especially for those looking for the typical glamorized Hollywood product of a bygone age. This is a simple tale of gold and greed that is uncompromising...and refreshing.

10 out of 10

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