I enjoy watching movies involving a search for treasure. One I caught on Netflix recently was a 1950’s movie about the search for an ancient Incan artifact high in the Andes Mountains. The movie titled Secret of the Incas stared Charlton Heston. This was before he became famous in movies such as The Ten Commandments and Ben Hur. He portrayed an American, a rugged, independent type of individual living in South America looking for an easy dollar to be made, especially if it could be treasure. He wore a fedora hat, was quick with his wit as well his fists, and in the context of the movie was needed to rescue a damsel in distress. Seemed like a precursor to the Indiana Jones type of individua played by Harrison Ford.
In this movie Charlton Heston was an adventurer but he was no archeologist. That was played by Robert Young who was better known as Father Knows Best of the 1950s or Dr Marcus Welby of the 1970s. It was not exactly a great movie but tried to expose archeology to the viewer. You have to remember the movie was made in the early 1950s. It also tried to show the viewer the fascinating history of the past Inca Empire that the Spanish explorer Pizarro had encountered during the early 16th century.
I loved reading about past empires discovered by the conquistadors and Spanish explorers of the 16th century when I was in grade school. It is always fun to relive that feeling when I read a National Geographic article or watch a movie about ancient civilizations. When I designed the board game Treasure Trove I choose to place a treasure called “Pizarro’s Lost Fortune” that touched on the explorers as well as the Incan civilization. The movie mentioned Incan treasure but implied that Pizarro had failed to take a large artifact sacred to the Incan people. That artifact was undiscovered until the archeological expedition led by Robert Young high in the Andes. His diggings were also unsuccessful in finding the artifact until the American adventurer played by Charlton Heston by chance comes across the expedition. Then in the dark of night Heston with his flashlight happens to discover the ancient artifact. Sounds like Indiana Jones doesn’t it?
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