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Friday, September 25, 2015

Treasure Of The Golden Condor (1953)

Though he is the rightful heir to the title of Marquis and the estate of his uncle (George Macready), a young Frenchman (Cornel Wilde) is in bondage as an indentured servant to his uncle since he cannot prove his birthright. He escapes to Guatemala in the hopes of finding a lost treasure and returning to take his rightful place. Based on the novel SON OF FURY (previously filmed under that title in 1942 with Tyrone Power), the emphasis here is on adventure and this swashbuckler is best during the Guatemala sequence which has a touch of Indiana Jones to it. It was actually filmed there and the authentic footage gives the film an added attraction. Other than that, it's your pretty standard costumed action movie. Constance Smith makes for a rather drab heroine and Anne Bancroft (in Frances Farmer's old role) is much more interesting as the Marquis' spoiled daughter. Sol Kaplan's underscore is suitably vigorous. Directed by Delmer Daves (3:10 TO YUMA). With Fay Wray, Leo G. Carroll, Finlay Currie, Konstantin Shayne and Walter Hampden.   

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