Secret of the Incas (1954) - Rotten Tomatoes

Secret of the Incas (1954)

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Before Indiana Jones there was Harry Steele (Charlton Heston), an idealistic archaeologist determined to return an ancient Incan mask to the society from which it came. A greedy con-artist (Robert Young) has other ideas, though, and the two men race to fund an expedition to find the treasure, which has reportedly been buried by Spanish conquistadores somewhere in Machu Picchu. The con-artist (Young) seduces a beautiful tourist in order to reach his goal, leaving Steele (Heston) to locate the site through more honorable means. Twenty-seven years before directors George Lucas and Steven Spielburg collaborated to create Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jerry Hopper directed Secret of the Incas.

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Cast

Charlton Heston
as Harry Steele
Robert Young
as Stanley Moorehead
Nicole Maurey
as Elena Antonescu
Yma Sumac
as Kori-Tica
Thomas Mitchell
as Ed Morgan
Glenda Farrell
as Mrs. Winston
Michael Pate
as Pachacutec
Leon Askin
as Anton Marcu
William Henry
as Phillip Lang
Kurt Katch
as Man with Rifle
Edward Colmans
as Col. Emilio Cardoza
Grandon Rhodes
as Mr. Winston
Geraldine Hall
as Mrs. Richmond
Harry Stanton
as Mr. Richmond
Booth Colman
as Juan Fernandez
Rosa Rey
as Mother of Kori-Tica (uncredited)
Robert Tafur
as (uncredited)
Martin Garralaga
as (uncredited)
Alvy Moore
as Young Man at Bar (uncredited)
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr.
as (uncredited)
Zachary Yaconelli
as (uncredited)
Marion Ross
as Miss Morris (uncredited)
John Marshall
as Charlie (uncredited)
Carlos Rivero
as (uncredited)
Delmar Costello
as (uncredited)
Dimas Sotello
as (uncredited)
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The template for Indiana Jones turns out to be cribbed from earlier adventure movie sources (like Tarzan, for instance), surprise. Charlton Heston is a Yankee adventurer overseas (down Peru way) strictly to make his fortune, looking for lost Inca gold, romancing lonely tourist wives and only a little above all around asshole until he meet Nicole Maurey (who's little better as it turns out). The character arc has both change their jaded ways by the time the credits roll with most of the action focused on the natives dutifully honoring their lost culture, Yma Sumac doing a Mariah Carey with her vocal talents. She gets 3, count 'em, 3 songs no less. Could use a bit more salt and pepper.

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