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Legend of the Lost (1957)

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American ne'er-do-well Joe January is hired to take Paul Bonnard on an expedition into the desert in search of treasure.


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Complete credited cast:
Paul Bonnard
Prefect Dukas
Sonia Moser ...
Angela Portaluri ...
Ibrahim El Hadish ...
Galli Galli


Paul Bonnard arrives in Timbuktu in search of a guide to escort him into the Sahara desert. American Joe January takes the job despite misgivings about Bonnard's plans. Dita, a prostitute who has been deeply moved by what appears to be Bonnard's spiritual nature, follows the two men into the desert. Eventually the trio arrives in the ruins of a lost city, where Bonnard hopes to find the treasure his father sought years earlier before disappearing. But what Bonnard finds alters him in unexpected ways, with tragic results. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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The Great SAHARA Adventure! See more »


Adventure | Drama


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Release Date:

17 December 1957 (USA)  »

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Legend of the Lost  »

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$1,750,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The part of Bonnard was first offered to James Mason. See more »


Twice Joe January refers to Solomon and Bathsheba. It should have been Solomon and Sheba. Bathsheba was David's interest. See more »


Paul Bonnard: [In reference to his father, whose true character has been revealed] He lied!
Joe January: Come on, he's paid his bills.
Paul Bonnard: An adulterer! A murderer!
Joe January: It can happen to any man, Paul - good *or* bad. Woman throws a harpoon into ya', and ya' go where SHE pulls.
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19 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a really underrated movie and i stayed away from it for so long because of all the bad reviews i've seen of it, like Leonard Maltin giving it only two stars. This was directed by Henry Hathaway and this was the first time John Wayne and Hathaway worked together and they would go on to make four more movies, including True Grit. The movie starts out with Rossano Brazzi looking for a guide to take him through the Sahara desert to find a lost city. Brazzi hires Wayne as his guide and Sophia Loren is a women who tags along, against Wayne's wishes. Wayne finds out Brazzi is looking for a lost city full of gold and thinks he is crazy and wants to turn back. It's a underrated movie and one of Wayne's better films.

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