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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

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Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

John Huston (screenplay), B. Traven (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Fred C. Dobbs
Walter Huston ... Howard
Tim Holt ... Curtin
Bruce Bennett ... Cody
Barton MacLane ... Pat McCormick (as Barton Mac Lane)
Alfonso Bedoya ... Gold Hat
Arturo Soto Rangel ... Presidente (as A. Soto Rangel)
Manuel Dondé ... El Jefe (as Manuel Donde)
José Torvay ... Pablo (as Jose Torvay)
Margarito Luna Margarito Luna ... Pancho
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Storyline

Fred C. Dobbs and Bob Curtin, both down on their luck in Tampico, Mexico in 1925, meet up with a grizzled prospector named Howard and decide to join with him in search of gold in the wilds of central Mexico. Through enormous difficulties, they eventually succeed in finding gold, but bandits, the elements, and most especially greed threaten to turn their success into disaster. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 January 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Treasure of Sierra Madre See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,014,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Huston and Humphrey Bogart played a prank on Alfonso Bedoya. The actor seemed to have a hollow leg when it came time for meals, gorging himself at every occasion with the food that Warner Bros. provided for the cast and crew. Bedoya took his meals very seriously, always being first when it came time to eat. Huston and Bogart took notice of this and decided to fix Bedoya by affixing strong glue to his saddled and stationary stuffed horse. Just before the lunch bell rang, Huston called Bedoya over to shoot some close-up takes. He hopped into the saddle, Huston shot a few scenes, and dinner was called. Everyone but Bedoya hit the food spread. Bedoya struggled to get off the horse but was held firmly in place by the glue. Bedoya's subsequent barrage of frantic sobbing and caterwauling so annoyed Huston that he soon ordered Bedoya's pants cut away from the saddle and the actor rushed off to stuff his face. See more »

Goofs

When Howard is laid on a hammock, being served by Indian women, he has a little bunch of flowers on his left ear which disappear in subsequent shots. See more »

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[first lines]
Dobbs: Say buddy, will you stake a fellow Am...
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Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
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Played on harmonica by Walter Huston
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"If you want somebody NOT to find it, . . . Put it in front of them"
7 September 2007 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

In the 1920's, labor was hard to find. If you happened to be a laborer, work was almost non existent. Indeed, if you were unemployed and in Mexico, your chances were dismal. Yet, these were the times, which attracted many South of the border. The place was barren, yet many a fortune could spring up directly before you, . . .if you were luckily enough to see it. That is the story behind this incredible film. The legend of El Dorado was only one of the many myths which lured the adventurous to Mexico, another was "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre." The gold of the Mother of Mountains was passed from father to son for generations. Thus when the film adaption was made, it was sure to be sculpted by men of vision. One such man is legendary John Huston who directed this film. Three common men are lured by the promise of discovering a lost treasure. The first is Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) a nice enough guy who wants only to be fair, but is hungry to 'strike it rich.' The second is Howard, (Walter Huston) as honest as you expect him to be and a man of considerable experience. The last is Bob Curtin (Tim Holt) who if given a chance, will use it. The trio make a PAC to share and share alike all the treasure they find. However, only Howard is aware of what the possession of Gold can do to a man. To find the treasure, they need the mountain, some hard work, a little luck. To bring it home, will require something only one of them possesses. The film is a Classic and is due to the combined talents of all the stars and the director. If you look closely, you'll see Robert Blake (Barreta) and John Huston in brief roles. ****


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