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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.

Director:

Jerry Hopper

Writers:

Ranald MacDougall (screenplay), Sydney Boehm (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charlton Heston ... Harry Steele
Robert Young ... Stanley Moorehead
Nicole Maurey ... Elena Antonescu
Thomas Mitchell ... Ed Morgan
Glenda Farrell ... Mrs. Winston
Michael Pate ... Pachacutec
Leon Askin ... Anton Marcu
William Henry ... Phillip Lang
Kurt Katch ... Man with Rifle
Edward Colmans ... Col. Emilio Cardoza
Yma Sumac ... Kori-Tica
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Storyline

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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Marrying Doc is my one chance ... Don't kiss it away for me, Harry ... please ... please ... please ...

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Quechua | Romanian | Spanish

Release Date:

6 June 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Legend of the Inca See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuzco, Peru See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,400,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is often cited as a direct inspiration for the Indiana Jones franchise of films, with many of the scenes in Secret of the Incas bearing a striking resemblance in tone and structure to scenes in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Throughout Secret of the Incas, the main character, Harry Steele, can be seen wearing the "Indiana Jones" outfit - brown leather jacket, fedora, tan pants, an over-the-shoulder bag, and revolver. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Featured in Top 10 Dumbest Indiana Jones Moments (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Earthquake
(uncredited)
Written by Moises Vivanco
Performed by Yma Sumac
Arranged and Conducted by Les Baxter
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High kitsch
19 January 2008 | by HighClassHaddockSee all my reviews

Charlton Heston is Harry Steele, an American adventurer seeking a fabulous Inca sunburst that has been lost for centuries in mysterious Machu Picchu, a Lost City in the Andes of Peru. Thomas Mitchell is Ed Morgan, a slovenly dreamer and schemer who is also after the Inca gold. Goody-goody archaeologist Robert Young and Romanian refugee Nicole Maurey add a bit of spice to the proceedings. "Secret of the Incas" is a fine example of a 1950's adventure film, with some quite astounding location footage of Machu Picchu and Cuzco. The movies plot is pretty standard fare, but the scenery, acting , set designs are first rate. Heston steals the show, and everything else he can lay his hands on in the movie. One of the highlights is Peruvian singer Yma Sumac, who will burst your ear drums in a pantomime side-show performance of high energy and even higher kitsch. Yma Sumac makes Carmen Miranda look sedate and boring. They don't make 'em like this anymore, and if you want to unearth the origins of Indiana Jones, don't miss "Secret of the Incas".


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