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Treasure of the Golden Condor (1953)

Approved | | Adventure | 13 April 1953 (UK)
In the 18th century France, Jean-Paul, who was cheated out of his inheritance, land and titles by his uncle, decides to go to Guatemala in search of a famed Mayan treasure.


Delmer Daves, Otto Preminger (uncredited)


Delmer Daves (screenplay), Edison Marshall (novel)


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Credited cast:
Cornel Wilde ... Jean-Paul
Constance Smith ... Clara MacDougal
Finlay Currie ... MacDougal
Walter Hampden ... Pierre Champlain
Anne Bancroft ... Marie, Comtesse de St. Malo
George Macready ... Marquis de St. Malo
Fay Wray ... Annette, Marquise de St. Malo
Leo G. Carroll ... Raoul Dondel
Konstantin Shayne ... Father Benoit
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernest Borgnine ... Bit part


Jean-Paul rebels against his bondage to his uncle, the Marquis de St. Malo, and journeys to the far-off Mayan hills of Guatemala seeking a hidden treasure. He is the rightful heir to his uncle's title and lands, and goes to Guatemala to win his fortune and come back and claim his heritage. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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LOST WORLD OF THE MAYANS! (original print ad - all caps)




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Release Date:

13 April 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Condor's Nest See more »

Filming Locations:

Guatemala See more »


Box Office


$1,220,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


It was the first time Guatemala was used as a location for a major Hollywood movie. See more »


The actor who plays young Jean-Paul is clearly of mixed race and cannot possibly represent his supposed all-white lineage. See more »


Remake of Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942) See more »

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Shameless Re-make, Squander Talents
13 July 2014 | by kevwaySee all my reviews

I had high hopes sitting down to watch Treasure of the Golden Condor, thinking that it might have been an inspiration for the Indiana Jones films. George Macready got the film off to a rousing start with his subtle yet vicious machinations, which he applied with aplomb throughout. Had the editing, directing and other actors been up to his level, the film could have been great, but I found it to be a shameless ripoff of the 1942 film, Son of Fury, starring Tyrone Power and George Saunders. In fact, it is a virtual line by line aping of the first film, with the tired recipe of switching out one exotic locale for another, and adding color. (If any of you readers ever saw that old Doris Day/Rock Hudson comedy film in which their movie studio is always shooting the same scene over and over, even the dialogue is identical, and only the uniforms of the bad guys changes, then you know what I mean! If not, the fact that such an old memory pops up over Goldon Condor...) Perhaps I am biased because I was taken aback 10 minutes into the film, with a deja vu broadside on my cranium, but I decided that as long as they top the first film, well, OK. Macready gets honorable mention, but come on, who could top Saunders as a villain? The color and cinematography were a plus, but in every other aspect, this film is an atrocious disappointment. Anne Bancroft's take on the calculating Comtesse de Malo was fine, but too brief; I think the cutting room floor has taken most of the nuance from her relationship with Cornell Wilde. The whole movie ended up no better than a go-through-the-motions remake.

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