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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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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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The Great SAHARA Adventure! See more »

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Release Date:

17 December 1957 (USA)  »

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Under Saharas sol  »

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Budget:

$1,750,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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The Bible text, "And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. / In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats...", is from Isaiah, chapter 2 verses 19-20. See more »

Goofs

While in the ruins Loren's dress is clearly torn near her right shoulder, both front and back. Then, while she and Wayne are walking through the desert, the dress is no longer torn. Then it is clearly torn again near the end of the film. See more »

Quotes

Paul Bonnard: [Referring to his watch] Why did you steal it?
Dita: I wanted it.
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Superb cinematography, Sophia at her most gorgeous.
31 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is invaluable for its exquisite production values. It should not be missed for '50s costuming and make-up conventions, however improbable for a desert expedition. In addition, the no-show direction left all three principals to their own devices; and their natural strengths and weaknesses as performers are exposed. John Wayne fares best here, as he has never been more charismatic...or done more with less of a script. Brazzi fares worst, being unconvincing as a rival to John Wayne and as a romantic match for Sophia Loren. Pay close attention to the fist fight among the three adventurers. You will see each punch miss by at least a foot and a half.


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