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Director:
Writers:
John Huston (screenplay)
B. Traven (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
24 January 1948 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Storming to a New High in High Adventure ! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of Warner Brother's triumphs of the forties… See more (197 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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)
 
Stunts
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)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Treasure of Sierra Madre" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
126 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
Sam Raimi has cited this as being his favorite film.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: As Dobbs is looking around trying to find Curtin's body so that he may bury it, he runs into some bushes. As the camera pans to follow him you can easily see where the set ends. A clear space with a light and some sort of water truck is plainly visibleSee more »
Quotes:
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Dobbs:Say buddy, will you stake a fellow Am...
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75 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
One of Warner Brother's triumphs of the forties…, 6 April 2005

Having had his day as an idolized star and romantic leading man, it was now time for Bogart to get down to the serious business of acting… For eighteen years it had usually been Bogart playing Bogart in various shadings… Now that Bogart was gone and in his place was an older and far less romantic figure, one who found new challenges and was able to meet most of them successfully… This new phase of his continued growth began with a story of three men in search of gold…

Although "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" is indisputably one of Bogart's best films, it was co-star Walter Huston who won an Academy Award as did the movie's director and scenarist, John Huston…

Based on a novel by the mysterious B. Traven, the film told a riveting tale which explored the degenerative effects of encroaching greed, distrust, and hatred on three prospectors who team up to search for gold in Mexico…

Bogart's Fred C. Dobbs was an amazingly complex creation whose slow disintegration into paranoia was brilliant1y managed on camera… He is a born loser with no potential for change in sight… Suspicious, unfeeling, savage, and easily corruptible, he seems clearly destined for a tragic fate almost from our first meeting with him…

Tim Holt was also excellent as Bob Curtin, a man who, like Bogart, is tempted but whose conscience will not permit him to exercise his baser desires. (He could have let Bogart die in a cave-in, but saved him instead.) Young, impressionable, and unprepared, he has never seen the likes of a Fred C. Dobbs and he finds himself overwhelmed and uncertain as to how he will cope with Dobbs's rage and greed…

However, it is the director's father, Walter Huston, who literally stole the picture from both Bogart and Holt as he played Howard, a wise old toothless codger who knew all along what would happen and took it all in stride, kicking up his heels and having a marvelous time… Life can't surprise him any more… He's already had successes and failures enough for one lifetime… Like a faithful dog, he's along for the thrill of the hunt, and should there be another pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, well, that's just a bonus…

It is mainly the interaction of these three men from their first meeting and uneasy partnership through their final confrontation that made "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" one of Warner Brothers' triumphs of the forties…

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