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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (6-Jan-1948)

Director: John Huston

Writer: John Huston

From novel: Treasure of the Sierra Madre by B. Traven

Music by: Max Steiner

Producer: Henry Blanke

Keywords: Western

Two American drifters in Mexico meet an old prospector and get the gold bug, heading to the Sierra Madre Mountains; once they find gold it reveals their true character. Won Oscars for Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Screenplay; received a nomination for Best Picture. Entered 1990 into the National Film Registry. Catch the uncredited appearance by Robert Blake as a boy selling lottery tickets.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Alfonso Bedoya
16-Apr-1904 15-Dec-1957 Doesn't need no stinking badges
Bruce Bennett
19-May-1906 24-Feb-2007 Played Tarzan in 1930s movie serials
Humphrey Bogart
25-Dec-1899 14-Jan-1957 Casablanca
Tim Holt
5-Feb-1918 15-Feb-1973 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Walter Huston
6-Apr-1884 7-Apr-1950 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Barton MacLane
25-Dec-1902 1-Jan-1969 Gen. Peterson on I Dream of Jeannie


Humphrey Bogart   ...   Dobbs
Walter Huston   ...   Howard
Tim Holt   ...   Curtin
Bruce Bennett   ...   Cody
Barton MacLane   ...   McCormick
Alfonso Bedoya   ...   Gold Hat
A. Soto Rangel   ...   Presidente
Manuel Donde   ...   El Jefe
Jose Torvay   ...   Pablo
Margarito Luna   ...   Pancho


Review by John Everitt. (posted on 22-Jun-2007)

I first saw this film in 1948. As a boy of fourten years of age. It coloured my drab London view on life like no other film has and filled me full of dreams. The classic reply declining a challenge to show his badge of authority delivered by Alfonso Bedoya remains as vivid in my memory today as when I first viewed the film. Surely this film would be a sitting duck for a remake. One of the greatest films I have ever seen. I never miss a chance to watch a replay on television.

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