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Secret of the Incas (1954)

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

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Elena Antonescu
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Mrs. Winston
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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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"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 »

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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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Referenced in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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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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Prototype Indiana Jones
21 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie always amazes me that it has escaped notice. In it we have the prototypical Indiana Jones right down to the five o'clock shadow, fedora, and leather jacket. I read one time about the costume designer fretting so mightily over the IJ costume and wondered if they had seen this movie and subconsciously used the character of Harry Steele for their template.

The similarity is amazing and Charlton Heston does a great job of keeping this movie alive and out of the ditches. One almost wishes that Lucas/Indiana would remake this movie, updated with today's visual effects, and add it to their library of plots. Didn't we all think the openings of the Indiana series represented great story lines of their own?

Here's their chance to get back to South America and flesh out the opening of the first film. This movie, the 'Secret of the Incas', is a fine film that would carry well with a bit of refreshing. An overlooked gem for certain.


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