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17 December 1957 (USA) See more »
Wayne Tangles with Loren...In the Adventure that's Hotter than 1000 Suns ! See more »
American ne'er-do-well Joe January is hired to take Paul Bonnard on an expedition into the desert in search of treasure. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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John Wayne and Sophia Loren are magnificent in search for a lost treasure at dangerous desert See more (39 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Joe January

Sophia Loren ... Dita

Rossano Brazzi ... Paul Bonnard

Kurt Kasznar ... Prefect Dukas
Sonia Moser ... Girl
Angela Portaluri ... Girl
Ibrahim El Hadish ... Galli Galli
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marsha Hunt ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Hathaway 
Writing credits
Robert Presnell Jr. (screenplay) (as Robert Presnell Jnr.) and
Ben Hecht (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Haggiag .... producer: in assocation with
Henry Hathaway .... producer
Original Music by
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino  (as A.F. Lavagnino)
Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Bert Bates 
Art Direction by
Alfred Ybarra 
Set Decoration by
Alfred Ybarra (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Gaia Romanini 
Makeup Department
Web Overlander .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Nate H. Edwards .... production manager
Gordon B. Forbes .... unit production manager
Franco Magli .... production manager: Italy
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph Lenzi .... assistant director
Edward Morey Jr. .... assistant director
Art Department
Italo Tomassi .... manager of art department (uncredited)
Sound Department
John K. Kean .... sound (as John Kean)
Wally Milner .... sound (as W.H. Milner)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Stern .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino .... conductor (as A.F. Lavagnino)
Other crew
Gina Guglielmotti .... script supervisor (as Nenetta Guglielmotti)
Enrico Moscatelli .... technical consultant
Patricia Losey .... production secretary (uncredited)
Kevin McClory .... assistant to Henry Hathaway (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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109 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #18842) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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John Wayne broke his leg during filming.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The colony of bats that surprise them at the ruins seem to fly through stone columns and walls or just disappear in mid-air.See more »
Paul Bonnard:Walking alone in the desert is wonderful. It's like walking on the face of a clock that's stopped.See more »
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
John Wayne and Sophia Loren are magnificent in search for a lost treasure at dangerous desert, 11 June 2010
Author: ma-cortes

Timbuktu is the background of this mostly entertaining tale about three characters , an adventurer scout named Joe January (John Wayne) , an archaeologist (Rossano Brazzi) and a gorgeous girl (Sophia Loren ) in search for a lost city in the desert called Ophir and a fabulous treasure hidden.

John Wayne leaves his Stetson and horse for a camel in this exotic adventure set in Sahara desert plenty of Tuaregs , sandstorms , mirages and amazing dangers . This exciting picture is packed with adventures, action , thrills , a loving triangle and is quite amusing . Interesting screenplay by Ben Hetch , Billy Wilder's usual writer. Breathtaking cinematography with luminous and bright colors by Jack Cardiff . Atmospheric and evocative musical score by the Italian Angelo Francesco Lavagnino . The motion picture is professionally directed by Henry Hathaway. He had a reputation as being difficult on stars, but some actors such as Cary Cooper , Marilyn Monroe -Niagara- and especially John Wayne , The Duke , benefited under his direction . Big John played for Hathaway various films as ¨The sons of Katie Elder (65), ¨Circus World (64) ¨ certainly not one of his memorable movies , ¨How the west was won (62) ¨, ¨ North to Alaska (60)¨ , but his greatest hit smash was ¨True grit (69)¨ in which Wayne won his only Academy Award . Although Hathaway was a highly successful and reliable director film-making within the Hollywood studio system , his work has received little consideration from reviewers . Rating : Acceptable and passable , well worth watching . The film will appeal to adventure buffs and John Wayne and Sophia Loren fans .

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