The Golden Mask (1953)
"South of Algiers" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  1 March 1954 (USA)
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Archaeologist Dr. Burnet, his daughter Anne and newspaperman Nicholas Chapman set out to search for the priceless golden mask of Moloch, believed to be in a lost tomb. Two crooks, Kress and... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Chapman
Anne Burnet
Eric Portman ...
Doctor Burnet
Charles Goldner ...
Jacques François ...
Jacques Farnod
Jacques B. Brunius ...
Kress (as Jacques Brunius)
Aubrey Mather ...
Professor Young
Alec Finter ...
Noelle Middleton ...
Rene Leplat ...
Doctor Farnod
Simone Silva ...
Pierre Chaminade ...
Marne Maitland ...
George Pastell ...
Arnold Diamond ...
Spahi Officer


Archaeologist Dr. Burnet, his daughter Anne and newspaperman Nicholas Chapman set out to search for the priceless golden mask of Moloch, believed to be in a lost tomb. Two crooks, Kress and Petris, use schemes, tricks and ruses to raise havoc in order to get the mask for themselves. Written by Les Adams <>

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1 March 1954 (USA)  »

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During the drive to the first archaeology site, the position and clothes of the passengers are different from when they first drive off. See more »


Nicholas Chapman: [as he approaches Dr. Burnet, who is busy inspecting a serious crack on an ancient Roman statue] I brought back a statue from Peru one time, that got banged up like that. They told me, "One more crack like that and you're fired."
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"The Producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance rendered to them in the making of this Motion Picture by the Algerian Government, the French Colonial Forces, the Department of Fine Arts and the Director of the Roman ruins at Djemila in Algeria." See more »


Yalli Ghadi
Music by Mustapha Skandrani
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The Golden Bore
15 December 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Writer Nicholas Chapman (Van Heflin) teams up with archaeologist Dr. Burnet and his pretty daughter (Eric Portman, Wanda Hendrix) to search for golden mask of Moloch. Two thieves (Jacques Brunius and Charles Goldner) try to sabotage the expedition to get the mask for themselves. Tomb-raiding adventure film is very dry and very dull. Forced romance between Van Heflin and a girl young enough to be his daughter doesn't help. Partially shot on location in Algiers but there's still plenty of poor rear projection effects. Ultimately, it's an avoidable film that is lacking adventure or suspense -- two prerequisites for movies of this type.

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