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Legend of the Lost (1957)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 17 December 1957 (USA)
American ne'er-do-well Joe January is hired to take Paul Bonnard on an expedition into the desert in search of treasure.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Robert Presnell Jr. (screenplay) (as Robert Presnell Jnr.), Ben Hecht (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Joe January
Sophia Loren ... Dita
Rossano Brazzi ... Paul Bonnard
Kurt Kasznar ... Prefect Dukas
Sonia Moser Sonia Moser ... Girl
Angela Portaluri Angela Portaluri ... Girl
Ibrahim El Hadish Ibrahim El Hadish ... Galli Galli
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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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A Hundred Times He Challenged the Blazing Desert Only to Find That Man's Greatest Adventure Was Still Woman! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Legend of Timbuktu See more »

Filming Locations:

Leptis Magna, Libya See more »

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Budget:

$1,750,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In a documentary about British director of photography Jack Cardiff, it was said that director Henry Hathaway was not respectful to the English members of the crew. He did not, for example, like their penchant for taking breaks for tea. See more »

Goofs

Just before Loren and Wayne discover the first spot of supplies Bonnard dumped, she unbuttons her embroidered outer blouse. When they start to run towards the supplies, the camera angle shifts to her running towards the camera and the blouse is re-buttoned. See more »

Quotes

Joe January: [referring to the lost city] I've been walkin' around thinkin'. It's a great town for thinkin' - no distractions.
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Connections

Featured in Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010) See more »

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Very enjoyable piece of nonsense
26 October 2018 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Considering that for most of this film there are only three characters on screen and two of them are very badly played by John Wayne and Rossano Brazzi, (the third is a sultry looking Sophia Loren and she's very good in an underwritten role), Henry Hathaway's "Legend of the Lost" is a surprisingly entertaining piece of nonsense, complete with lost treasure and some gorgeously photographed desert locations courtesy of Jack Cardiff. There isn't much else yet Hathaway manages to keep us watching, maybe with a promise that something is going to happen even if in the end, it hardly ever does. It's success probably had a lot to do with the Westener's love of deserts and exotic locations, (maybe there's a touch of the T. E. Lawrence in all of us). It's hardly the best of Hathaway but there's no denying it's very enjoyable.


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