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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:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 14, 1954 with Charlton Heston reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

The "Starburst" is the size of a dustbin lid, several inches thick and made of solid gold. Yet, not only can an old man with altitude sickness run around holding it with one hand, but Pachacutec at the end can seemingly hold it up above his head indefinitely. 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

Referenced in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Earthquake
(uncredited)
Written by Moises Vivanco
Performed by Yma Sumac
Arranged and Conducted by Les Baxter
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Great Adventure! Why NOT ON VIDEO???
18 September 2004 | by hhsilfxSee all my reviews

I remember this exciting film,The Secret of The Incas, so well ! saw as a a child in theatre...maybe have seen once or twice on commercial TV..haven't seen in years !! Why wasn't this film released on VHS or DVD? There are bootlegs available yes.. with scenes deleted.. but I want the original Uncut only!! I have some music from film recorded by the phenomenal Peruvian Singer featured in film, Yma Sumac.. but no video!!This film we all know was the precursor to Raiders of the Lost Ark & other films of that genre..Spielberg had to be influenced by this movie..Lets get it released on Video, please !!


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