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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a American dramatic adventurous neo- western written and directed by John Huston. It is an adaptation of B.

Traven ‘s novel of the same nameset in the s, in which, driven by their desperate economic plight, two young men, Fred C. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was one of the first Hollywood productions to be shot on location outside the United States in the state of Durango and street scenes in TampicoMexicoalthough many scenes were filmed back in the studio and elsewhere in the US.

The movie is quite faithful to the source novel. Inthe film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. In in the Mexican oil-town of TampicoFred C. When the project is completed, McCormick skips out before paying the men. Returning to Tampico, the two vagrants encounter the grizzled prospector Howard Walter Huston in a flophouse.

The loquacious and penniless ex-miner holds forth on the virtues of gold prospecting and the perils of striking it rich. The two younger men feel the lure of gold and contemplate its risks. Dobbs and Curtin run into McCormick at a cantina, and after a desperate bar fight, they collect their back wages in cash.

When Dobbs wins a small jackpot in the lottery, he pools his funds with Curtin and Howard to finance a gold prospecting journey to the Mexican interior. Departing from Tampico by rail, the threesome help to repulse a bandit attack.

North of Durango the party is outfitted with gear and pack animals and begin their ascent into the remote Sierra Madre mountains. Howard proves to be the hardiest and most knowledgeable, outstripping the younger men in his physical endurance and wisdom. He dances a jig to celebrate their good luck, to the dismay of his two comrades. The men commence the exhausting process of extracting the riches, living and working in the harshest and primitive conditions. In time, they amass a fortune in placer gold.

As the gold piles up, fear and suspicion take hold of each man. Dobbs is particularly susceptible and begins to lose his sanity to paranoia. The men agree to divide the gold dust so as to jealously conceal the whereabouts of their shares. Curtin, while on a resupply trip to Durango, is spotted making purchases by a Texas fortune hunter named Cody Bruce Bennett. When he confronts them, the three claim holders tell the intruder they are merely hunters. Cody dismisses the lie, and boldly proposes to join their outfit to share in any future takings from the unregistered claim.

Howard, Curtin and Dobbs, each more or less in thrall to the gold, hold a private counsel and vote to kill the newcomer.

El tesoro de la sierra madre / The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

As they announce their verdict, pistols in hand, Brnuo Hat and his bandits arrive on the tesoo. They claim to be Federales and attempt to barter for firearms. After a tense vocal exchange regarding requested proof that the bandits are indeed Federalesa gunfight with the bandits ensues, in which Cody is killed. A genuine troop of Federales suddenly appears and pursues Gold Hat and his gang as they flee the encampment.


The three prospectors examine the personal effects of the dead Cody. A letter he carries from a loving wife reveals that his motivations were to provide for his family. Howard is called away to assist local villagers to save the life of a seriously ill little boy.

When the boy recovers, the next day, the villagers insist that Howard return to the village to be sirra and will not take no for an answer.

Howard leaves his goods with Dobbs and Curtin and says he will meet them later. Dobbs, whose paranoia continues, and Curtin constantly argue, until one night when Curtin falls asleep, Dobbs holds him at gunpoint, takes him behind the camp, shoots him, grabs all three shares of the gold, and leaves him for dead.

However, the wounded Curtin survives and manages to crawl away during the night. Nearly dying of thirst, Dobbs is ambushed at a waterhole by Gold Hat and his accomplices. He attempts to shoot them, but is out of ammunition — allowing the bandits to brutally kill him.

In their ignorance, they believe Dobbs’ bags of gold dust are merely filled with sandand they scatter the precious metal to the winds, taking only his burros and supplies. Meanwhile, Curtin is discovered by indios and taken to Howard’s village, where he recovers. Gold Hat’s gang try to sell the packing donkeys in town, but a child recognizes the branding mark on the donkeys and Dobbs’ clothes, which the bandits are wearing and reports them to the authorities.

The bandits are captured and summarily executed by the Federales. Howard and Curtin, arriving back in Durango in a dust storm, reclaim their pack animals, only to find the severed and empty gold sacks.

At first shaken by the loss, Howard, then Curtin, grasp the immense irony of their circumstances, and both share peals of laughter. They part ways, Howard returning to the indio village, where the natives have offered him a permanent home and position of honor, and Curtin returning home to the United States, where he will seek out Cody’s widow in the peach orchards of Texas.

Director John Huston first read the novel by B. Traven in and had always thought the material would make a great movie with his father in the main role. Based on a 19th-century ballad by a German poet, Traven’s book reminded Huston of his own adventures in the Mexican cavalry.

After a smashing success with his directorial debut, The Maltese FalconHuston started to work on the project. The studio had George RaftEdward G. Vincent Sherman was all set to direct a version of the story during the WWII years until his script fell foul of the Motion Picture Production Code for being derogatory towards Mexicans. By the time Huston came back from making several documentaries for the war effort, Humphrey Bogart had become Warner Brothers’ biggest star.

When Bogart first got wind of the fact that Huston might be making a film of the B. Traven novel, he immediately started badgering Huston for a part. Bogart was given the main role of Fred C. Prior to filming, Humphrey Bogart encountered a critic while leaving a New York nightclub. Traven initially disagreed with Huston’s decision to cast his father, Walter Hustonas Howard.

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He had preferred Lewis Stonebut eventually came to agree with Huston’s choice. Walter Huston himself also questioned his son’s choice. However, his son was able to convince him to accept, and also persuaded him to play the part without his dentures for the sake of reality. John Huston rated his father’s performance as the finest piece of acting in any of his teoro.

Huston originally wanted to cast Ronald Reagan as James Cody. Warner instead insisted on casting Reagan for another film. Bruce Bennett was eventually df in the role. A few notable uncredited actors appear in the film. In an opening cameo, director John Huston is pestered for money by Bogart’s character.


The scene was directed by Bogart himself. Actor Robert Blake also appears as a young boy selling lottery tickets. A photograph included in the documentary accompanying the DVD release shows Ann Sheridan in streetwalker costume, with Bogart and Huston on the set. Co-star Tim Holt’s father, Jack Holta star of silent and early sound Westerns and action films, makes a one-line appearance at the beginning of the film as one of the men down on their luck. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was one of the first Hollywood films to be filmed on location outside the United States in the state of Durango and street scenes in Tampico, Mexicoalthough many scenes were filmed back in the studio and elsewhere in the US.

Filming took five and a half months to shoot. The first scene in the film with Bogart and Holt was the first to be shot. The opening scenes, filmed in longshot on the Plaza de la Libertad in Tampico, show contemporary i. Just as Huston was starting to shoot scenes in Tampico, Mexico, the production was shut down inexplicably by the local government. The cast and crew were at a complete loss to understand why, since the residents and madte of Tampico had been so generous in days past. It turns out that a local newspaper printed a false story that accused the filmmakers of making a production that was unflattering to Mexico.

Huston soon found out why the newspaper skewered him and his ce. When you wanted to bbruno anything in Tampico, it was customary to slide a little money toward the editor of the newspaper, something the crew failed to do.

Fortunately, two of Huston’s associates, Diego Rivera and Miguel Covarrubiaswent to bat for the director with the President of Mexico. The libelous accusations were dropped, and a few weeks later, the editor of the newspaper was caught in an adulterous situation and shot dead by a jealous husband. There were scenes in which Walter Huston had to speak fluent Spanish, a language he did not know off camera. To fill this need, John Huston hired a Mexican to record the lines, and then the elder Huston memorized them so well that many assumed he knew the language like a native.

As with most of the Mexican actors selected brubo the local population, Alfonso Bedoya ‘s heavily accented pronunciation of English proved to be a bit of a problem. Bogart only knew two Spanish words, “Dos Equis”, a Mexican beer. The fight scene in the cantina took five days to shoot. During the shooting of the entire film, John Huston pulled pranks on Bennett, Bedoya along with Bogart and Bogart himself. While most of the film was shot in Mexico, Jack L.

Warner had the unit return to Hollywood when the budget started to exceed three million dollars. Though the daily rushes impressed Warner Bros. Warner, he nearly went berserk with the weekly expenditures. Warner jumped up in the middle of the scene and shouted to a gaggle of executives, “If that s. Warner had reason to be upset.

John Huston and Blanke led him to believe that the film would be an easy picture to make and that they would be in and out of Mexico in a matter of weeks. Warner was notorious for not actually reading scripts, and ssierra assumed the film was a B-movie Western.

As the full extent of Huston’s plans became apparent, Warner became quite ttaven. He was especially unhappy with the way the film ended, arguing that audiences wouldn’t accept it. Warner’s expectation was validated in that the initial box office take was unimpressive.