Secret of the Incas (1954)

Genres - Adventure  |   Release Date - Jun 6, 1954 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

The on location scenery in Secret of the Incas is gorgeous and at times breath taking. Cinematographers Lionel Lindon and Irma Roberts give the audience views of the Andes and its environs that are simply stunning and that capture a genuine feeling of mystery and majesty. It would be nice to report that Secret itself is full of the same mystery and majesty, but truth to tell, the film that all this glowing photography supports is a rather mundane, run-of-the-mill adventure tale. It's not bad, mind you. It has all the elements that one expects, from a hidden treasure that everyone is after to a lady who needs rescuing to a hero who must decide between the love of said lady and the desire for said treasure. But it doesn't really add much beyond what is expected. It does, granted, feature the unique singing of Yma Sumac, a minor cult icon of the 1950s, and that is definitely something. Nicole Maurey has some arresting moments, and there's more than decent work from Thomas Mitchell, Robert Young and others. And for those who want nothing more from a leading man than solidity, there's Charlton Heston. These make Secret perfectly fine, but it is only that marvelous photography that makes it special.