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Secret of the Incas (1954)

 -  Adventure  -  6 June 1954 (USA)
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An adventurer searchers for hidden treasure in the Peruvian jungles.

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Harry Steele
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Stanley Moorehead
Nicole Maurey ...
Elena Antonescu
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Ed Morgan
Glenda Farrell ...
Mrs. Winston
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Pachacutec
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Anton Marcu
William Henry ...
Phillip Lang
Kurt Katch ...
Man with Rifle
Edward Colmans ...
Col. Emilio Cardoza
Yma Sumac ...
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An Inca legend says the Inca Empire was destroyed by the gods when a gold and jeweled star burst was stolen from the Temple of the Sun centuries ago, and the ancient civilization will spring anew when the treasure is returned. The natives want it but so does Harry Steele, an American adventurer of slightly-shady ways who wants it for personal gain, as does his adversary, a grizzled old man even more into skulduggery than Steele. The latter teams up with Elena Antonescu, an Iron Curtain refugee fleeing from the MKVD. She can help him get a plane and he can help her escape Peru for the relative safety of Mexico.Is there a chance they will end up in a bickering love-hate relationship?... Is there a chance an American archaeologist, Dr. Stanley Moorehead, will come along as one corner of a romantic triangle?... Is there a chance that Yma Sumac (billed third on the posters and ads and special billed in the film), who can't act but can sing, will sing a few songs?... Is there a chance that ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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6 June 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le secret des Incas  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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"Secret of the Incas" was the final theatrical film of veteran actor Robert Young, who thereafter moved exclusively into television, where he enjoyed a highly successful career for over 30 years. See more »

Goofs

Regarding Machu Picchu, the famous Incan ruins in Peru, Charlton Heston's character, Harry Steele, tells Elena, "It's an ancient city of the Incas. It's been lost for over a thousand years". In reality, Machu Picchu was built around 1450, and rediscovered in the early 1900's, making it "lost" for a bit less than 500 years. See more »

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[first lines]
Miss Morris: Do all the railways in Peru have to go this fast?
Harry Steele: We're trying to get you back to Cusco in time to catch your plane. Don't worry, we've never lost a tourist yet.
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Virgin of the Sun God
Written by Moises Vivanco
Performed by Yma Sumac
Arranged and Conducted by Les Baxter (uncredited)
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Persistent memory from childhood of final scene
21 September 2002 | by (Boston. MA, USA) – See all my reviews

The sunlight coming into the cave reflecting off the golden 'mirror' that Heston holds that then reveals the location of the treasure of the Incas remains in my mind as one of the most persistent movie memories from when I was nine years old in 1954 watching the film at the Bing Theater in Springfield, MA. Years later, Steven Spielberg seems to have been influenced by that image and includes a similar scene in "Raiders of the Lost Ark". I can't help but think that Mr. Speilberg must also have seen the "Secret" fresh on the big screen when he was a child. And I cannot find the movie at any, as yet, visited video store to rent it and thereby return to the marvelous scenes of the Andes and the stirring sounds of singer Ima Sumac's four-octave range present at least once in the film. All other movie book references to Heston's work seem to omit this forgotten 'gem' of an enjoyable film that filled one memorable Saturday afternoon at the neighborhood cinema.


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