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American ne'er-do-well Joe January is hired to take Paul Bonnard on an expedition into the desert in search of treasure.

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Joe January
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Dita
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Paul Bonnard
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Prefect Dukas
Sonia Moser ...
Girl
Angela Portaluri ...
Girl
Ibrahim El Hadish ...
Galli Galli

Directed by

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Henry Hathaway

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Robert Presnell Jr. ... (screenplay) (as Robert Presnell Jnr.) and
Ben Hecht ... (screenplay)

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Robert Haggiag ... producer: in assocation with
Henry Hathaway ... producer

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Angelo Francesco Lavagnino ... (as A.F. Lavagnino)

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Jack Cardiff ... (photographed by)

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Bert Bates

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Alfred Ybarra

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Alfred Ybarra ... (uncredited)

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Gaia Romanini

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Web Overlander ... makeup supervisor

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Nate H. Edwards ... production manager
Gordon B. Forbes ... unit production manager
Franco Magli ... production manager: Italy

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Joseph Lenzi ... assistant director
Edward Morey Jr. ... assistant director

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Italo Tomassi ... manager of art department (uncredited)

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John K. Kean ... sound (as John Kean)
Wally Milner ... sound (as W.H. Milner)

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Chuck Hayward ... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young ... stunts (uncredited)

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Phil Stern ... still photographer (uncredited)

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Angelo Francesco Lavagnino ... conductor (as A.F. Lavagnino)

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Gina Guglielmotti ... script supervisor (as Nenetta Guglielmotti)
Enrico Moscatelli ... technical consultant
Patricia Losey ... production secretary (uncredited)
Kevin McClory ... assistant to Henry Hathaway (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Paul Bonnard arrives in Timbuktu in search of a guide to escort him into the Sahara desert. American Joe January takes the job despite misgivings about Bonnard's plans. Dita, a prostitute who has been deeply moved by what appears to be Bonnard's spiritual nature, follows the two men into the desert. Eventually the trio arrives in the ruins of a lost city, where Bonnard hopes to find the treasure his father sought years earlier before disappearing. But what Bonnard finds alters him in unexpected ways, with tragic results. Written by Jim Beaver

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Taglines Wayne Tangles with Loren...In the Adventure that's Hotter than 1000 Suns ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Timbuctù (Italy)
  • Legend of Timbuktu (United States)
  • Man from Timbuctoo (United States)
  • La cité disparue (France)
  • Die Stadt der Verlorenen (Germany)
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  • 109 min
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Budget $1,750,000 (estimated)

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Trivia John Wayne broke his leg during filming. See more »
Goofs Twice Joe January refers to Solomon and Bathsheba. It should have been Solomon and Sheba. Bathsheba was David's interest. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010). See more »
Quotes Dita: Poor Paul. He was so kind! How could it happen?
Joe January: [Cynically] It happens...
Dita: But to him? He believed in God!
Joe January: I can't recite any Psalms for ya', but I know about people who believe in God. Our friend didn't! He put his faith in his father. A man! A human being! That's an easy faith to lose. I know about that, too.
Dita: But he was a good man. He tried to do good. He dreamed of goodness all his life.
Joe January: I'm gettin' a little sick of this "Poor Paul," "Kind man," "Full of grace." What does it take to wake you up? He didn't believe in anything but being a big-shot with God as a front. I've seen these do-gooders before - usually doin' the most good for themSELVES! Believing in God is different than drooling over rubies and emeralds.
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