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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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Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Production Co:

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"Secret of the Incas" was the final theatrical film of veteran actor Robert Young, who thereafter moved exclusively into television, where he enjoyed a highly successful career for over 30 years. 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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Heart and spirit...
2 May 2006 | by paulj-murphySee all my reviews

It is easy to poke fun at this film, since it has its fair share of silliness, but those who do so completely miss the point - it is an original, and its heart and spirit are in the right place. The more I see it the more I am convinced that Heston was Spielberg's original inspiration for Indiana Jones. Also, the geographical settings and atmosphere are wonderful and of a type that is never seen today. There is certainly no "political correctness" or moralizing about Peruvian poverty, of the sort that would no doubt be rammed down our throats should a remake ever be attempted today. It's just a straightforward adventure story in an unusual setting. I hadn't heard of Yma Sumac before I saw this, but I'm sure she's won legions of admirers from cinema audiences who've seen this film.

This is what film making used to be like fifty years ago. In many ways, it was better then than now. If you haven't seen this film, make sure you catch it the next time it's on TV.


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