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Secret of the Incas

Secret of the Incas(1954)

Also Known As: Legend of the Inca | Legend of the Incas |

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Brief Synopsis

An Inca legend says the Inca Empire was destroyed by the gods when a gold and jeweled starburst 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 (Charlton Heston), an American adventurer of slightly-shady ways who wants it for personal gain, as does his adversary (Thomas Mitchell), a grizzled old man even more into skullduggery than Steele. The latter teams up with Elena Antonescu (Nicole Maurey), 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 archaelogist, Dr. Stanley Moorehead (Robert Young), 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 these trite-sounding questions will develop into a film that is far from trite and vastly entertaining? Dang right, there is. Check it out.

Cast & Crew

Jerry Hopper Director
Charlton Heston Harry Steele
Robert Young Dr. 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
Alvy Moore Man in bar

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  New York opening: 28 May 1954; Los Angeles opening: 16 Jun 1954
Release Date:  1954 Production Date:  [up to 1.85:1]
Color/B&W:  Color (Technicolor) Distributions Co:  Paramount Pictures Corp.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Paramount Pictures Corp.
Duration(mins):  100-101 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  11    

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  • Let's get this restored and on DVD!!!

    Gary Sanders 2013-01-08

    This is an exceptional adventure film, that features the eccentric singer Yma Sumac with her 5-octave voice. I won't go into the similarities to... MORE>

  • Great Film

    rick 2012-09-15

    When I first saw this years ago I was amazed at how good it was and that I had never heard of it before. Heston is great as usual but since this is the... MORE>

  • Now Available on Netflix Instant View!

    Mike 2011-08-03

    I have been waiting to watch this little gem of a movie on TCM for a long time. I could have watched it on YouTube or gotten an "unofficial" DVD,... MORE>