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 Post subject: Wanted: Secret of the Incas reviews & memorabilia
PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 6:28 pm 
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I own a website on SECRET OF THE INCAS and I'm interested in purchasing any reviews or memorabilia on this great movie.

http://www.secretoftheincas.co.uk


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:05 am 
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Mr. Byrne, I have viewed your wonderful website for "Secret of the Incas" many times. What a delight! I wish this movie was available on DVD. Maybe the studio will release it someday. At least I have been able to see the movie, thanks to you and your wonderful website.


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 Post subject: Re: Wanted: Secret of the Incas reviews & memorabilia
PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:15 am 
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Thankyou for those nice comments Ladyhawke, you are very kind.
I have come to the conclusion that SECRET OF THE INCAS will never be released onto dvd. I have written to Paramount concerning this but never received a reply. So it remains a mystery ... its a shame because, with the right promotional expertise, this Heston mini-classic could be a huge earner for them.

My site will be changing format very soon .... I have been working on it with another fellow member of this forum, J. Arthur Krank. So keep tuning in Ladyhawke.


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 Post subject: Re: Wanted: Secret of the Incas reviews & memorabilia
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:47 pm 
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The Secret of the Incas review from[url] http://www.theraider.net/information/in ... _incas.php
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If there is one movie that truly inspired Indiana Jones, look no further than Secret of the Incas. This low budget adventure romp has more right to that accolade than any other film or serial in the adventure genre. The film stars a young Charlton Heston as Harry Steele, a seedy fortune hunter who is determined to find the Sunburst, an ancient Inca treasure hidden somewhere in the bowels of the ruins of Machu Picchu.

Normally a swindling, womanizing tour guide in a local village, Steele finds his day to day trade thrown for a curve when an "old friend" named Morgan tells him that an archaeological expedition recently unearthed a stone map from the ruined city of Machu Picchu. Morgan tells Harry that a missing piece, which would point to the location of the legendary Sunburst, is broken from the artifact. Sometime in the past, Harry found that piece and Morgan and Harry both know it.

Morgan wants the solid gold Sunburst for personal gain, but Harry has his own plans as well. During a trip to the local museum, Harry places the stone fragment on the stone map and learns the location of the Sunburst. When a young woman comes into town seeking passage to the United States, Harry takes interest, for the man pursuing her has his own airplane. Harry makes a deal with the young woman, Elena, to help her get to the states in exchange for the keys to her pursuer's airplane.

Harry and Elena steal the airplane and fly to Machu Picchu where an archaeological dig is already underway for the tomb of the great king Manco. Harry plans to find and steal the Sunburst right out from under the archaeologists' noses but soon after they arrive, Morgan follows and Harry knows that Morgan will not stop until he has the Sunburst for himself, but when the diggers open the tomb, no Sunburst is found. What is the secret of the Incas?

While the film has a few plot holes and lacks the kinetic action of the Indiana Jones series, it is still a treat to watch because it really shows the roots of the Indiana Jones character. Harry Steele looks just like him, wearing a brown, felt fedora, leather jacket, and khakis and lugging a revolver around. Steele is a two-fisted, tough talking, man's man with a lantern jaw covered in stubble, much like Indy himself. Also, like Indy, Steele is looking for fortune and glory at all costs.

The film is also filled with small Indy-like moments. There are the seedy bars Steele frequents and the fringe characters he has to deal with, like Morgan. When Steele and Elena arrive in the Peruvian jungle, there is a great moment in which Harry breaks out a big yellow raft and they go floating down the river in a scene reminiscent of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Soon after, they share a campfire in the jungle, much like Indy and Willie do in the aforementioned Temple of Doom. Upon arriving at the ruins, the Indiana Jones feeling comes out a bit more as they crawl around in tombs with an aura similar to the Well of Souls. At one point in the film, Harry even uses a light reflection trick to make a discovery, much like the Map Room scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

While the film lacks action, the atmosphere of the story is so similar that any Indiana Jones fan will be smitten with this film. Elena is a classic Indy-like heroine (and in this writer's humble opinion, twice as beautiful as all the Indiana Jones females combined) who cannot resist Harry's rough and ready demeanor. The big difference between Indy and Steele is the simple fact that Steele is not an archaeologist by any stretch of the imagination. Harry Steele is a grave robber, through and through, and has no qualms about finding and stealing the Sunburst if he can.

On its own terms, the film is also quite enjoyable. As previously stated, the film has a more subdued pace without wild stunts and chases, but it makes up for it with nice character scenes and above average dialogue for a film of its type. In one notable scene, when Elena enters the local bar hoping to find the man named Harry Steele who she's heard can help her, she asks a young guy at the bar, "Is your name Harry Steele?" to which he replies, "No, but does it matter?" Two seats away, Harry looks over and responds, "Yeah, it matters because my name is Harry… And I'm bigger than you."

For me, there were more than a few such laughs in the film. There were also some holes that are not very problematic but noticeable. For example, why does the head archaeologist randomly propose to Elena? Where does Harry acquire a few choice artifacts in the film? Oh well, it's all in good fun so a few mistakes can be forgiven. Also, the ending is very much in the vein of Temple of Doom, which makes it a fun resolution to watch.

What cannot be forgiven is this film's complete lack of availability on any video format ever. Secret of the Incas has never been on video, laserdisc, or DVD. Once in a blue moon, some television station will pick it up for a late night slot, and a few years ago AMC played it for a few months. If you have TIVO, check for it every month on cable or satellite and hopefully you will be able to see it and tape it. The famous video store in Los Angeles, called Eddie Brandt's, has a very poor copy of it for rent, but the quality makes it unbearable to watch and listen to. Someone out there must have a good copy and for Indiana Jones fans, this is a "must-see" film. (MF)

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 Post subject: Re: Wanted: Secret of the Incas reviews & memorabilia
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:07 pm 
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SECRET OF THE INCAS (1954)
Reviewed by Jerry Saravia

link:[url]http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts.movies.reviews/browse_thread/thread/42b48b77aacac292?pli=1
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Movies like "Secret of the Incas" were a dime a dozen back in the
1950's. The idea that grave robbers or archaeologists were looking to
unearth priceless golden treasures in forbidden countries and doubly
forbidden tombs was a major commodity for Hollywood. 1954's "Secret of
the Incas" is probably one of the better entries in this genre and
with Charlton Heston at its center, it will rivet your attention and
knock your socks off.

Heston is Harry Steele, a Cuzco, Peru tour guide who is out for a few
bucks by taking tourists' money (he studies plane manifests so he can
get tourists to ride with him and show them the local museum). Harry
is also obsessed with the Incan Empire, specifically a lost Incan
treasure known as the Sunburst. It is a golden disc that would restore
life to the village of Machu Pichuu. Naturally, Steele is more
interested in fortune and glory and wants to steal the Sunburst,
despite some greedy partners wanting it for themselves. Morgan (Thomas
Mitchell) is one of those scheming partners - a tub of lard who seeks
personal fortune rather than playing pool in seedy bars for the rest
of his life. There is a catch - in order to get to Machu Pichuu, Harry
needs a cargo plane and gets his chance when he escorts an illegal
named Elena (Nicole Maurey) who is seeking safe passage to the United
States.

So what we have are exotic locales, seedy bars, the late Yma Sumac
singing in different pitches to the Incan people, archaeologists
digging through a sacred tomb, double-crossing swindlers, beautiful
damsels, inflatable rafts (Calling Dr. Jones), and a tough, arrogant,
highly chauvinistic hero who exchanges double entendres at will and
makes a moral choice by the end of the film. If any of this sounds
familiar, it should. The Indiana Jones series borrowed liberally from
similar films of this period, not to mention countless serials (and I
am sure Spielberg took a good long look at "That Man From Rio").
Indiana Jones most noticeable antecedent may be "Secret of the Incas,"
considering the Sunburst is not unlike some of the artifacts from
Indiana Jones and Harry Steele's style of dress and demeanor (the way
he constantly tilts his hat or lowers it when sleeping) is more than a
passing resemblance to the archaeologist hero of the 1980's (sans
bullwhip and army pouch).

If I have any major qualms, it is that the character Elena is rather
flatly characterized as someone whose only concern is making it to the
United States (though I like when she fakes sobbing to Harry and how
she always asks who cut down the cherry tree). Also, Robert Young
plays Dr. Moorehead, an archaeologist who proposes marriage to Elena
within a few hours of meeting her. It is one of the quickest proposals
I've ever seen in a movie, but Dr. Moorehead remains one-dimensional
and almost perfunctory to the plot.

"Secret of the Incas" is not full of derring do or the escapist
mentality of Indiana Jones, but it is an exquisitely made and
entertaining adventure movie that will more than please thrill-seekers
and lovers of pulp adventure tales. Heston delivers as a rough and
tumble hero and, yes, a lot of what transpires in the film is hokey
and silly but never dull. And when Yma Sumac triumphantly sings
"Ataypura" to the Incan village, her voice resonates as an echo
throughout the entire region and reminds us of how glorious movies
used to be. I would think that anyone who visits Machu Pichuu can't
help but hum Yma Sumac's music.

For more reviews, check out JERRY AT THE MOVIES at:
http://www.geocities.com/faustus_08520/ ... ovies.html

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 Post subject: Re: Wanted: Secret of the Incas reviews & memorabilia
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 8:29 am 
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Thanks for posting those reviews Judah, much obliged. I think its about time that the Raidernet updated that SECRET OF THE INCAS blog, especially the final line!
Jerry Saravia's review is excellent. Jerry is one of my friends on Facebook and he is also a member of the Facebook SECRET OF THE INCAS group. If any of you are interested, mosey over to it, there's lots of photos of the film and even some of me in my Harry Steele gear.


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 Post subject: Re: Wanted: Secret of the Incas reviews & memorabilia
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Oh, I'm sorry, I thought these would be something new! . Will you please post some of them-- I mean pics of your Harry-outfit, here on the thread?. We'd love to see them.

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 Post subject: Re: Wanted: Secret of the Incas reviews & memorabilia
PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:18 am 
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There's a Blog by a Dan Tickle who illustrates humorous takes on films like Secret of the Incas;
http://dtickledesign.blogspot.com/2011/ ... incas.html - maybe he creates these on request - instant memorabilia!

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Whoa, that's a cool painting. Would be great to see him do some other roles of Heston's.

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 Post subject: Re: Wanted: Secret of the Incas reviews & memorabilia
PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:08 am 
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James Byrne wrote:
I have come to the conclusion that SECRET OF THE INCAS will never be released onto dvd. I have written to Paramount concerning this but never received a reply. So it remains a mystery ... its a shame because, with the right promotional expertise, this Heston mini-classic could be a huge earner for them.

I think you're right - as you say, with the right promo materials...
Take this attempt at a new style poster, for example; this looks real attractive and even epic-style in terms of film:
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------ This could be a case of someone (s) sitting on a goldmine as far as potential DVD release and sales.


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