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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a 1948 John Huston film in which two down-and-outers (Humphrey Bogart and Tim Holt) in Mexico (bothering director John Huston for money in a fun opening cameo) hook up with an old-timer (Walter Huston, the director's father) to prospect for gold. more...

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The old-timer accurately predicts trouble but is willing to go anyway. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was one of the first films to be shot almost entirely on location (though the night scenes were filmed back in the studio).

The film was based on, and is quite faithful to the novel of the same name (1927 in German, 1935 in English) by enigmatic author B. Traven.


The film is the origin of a famous line, often misquoted as "We don't need no stinking badges!" The correct dialog (see also Stinking badges) is:

Gold Hat (Alfonso Bedoya): We are Federales... you know, the mounted police.
Dobbs (Bogart): If you're the police, where are your badges?
Gold Hat (Alfonso Bedoya): "Badges!? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!


John Huston won the Academy Award for Directing in 1948 for his work on The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. The film is consistently in the Internet Movie Database's top 250 films, and was #30 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years, 100 Movies and #67 on its 100 Years, 100 Thrills. The film has also been deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.


A few notable uncredited actors appear in the film. Director John Huston appears as does actor Robert Blake as a young boy selling lottery tickets.

The most controversial cameo is Ann Sheridan. Sheridan, who was in Mexico at the time, allegedly did a cameo as a streetwalker. After Dobbs leaves the barbershop in Tampico, he spies a passing prostitute who returns his look. Seconds later, the woman is picked up again but this time in the distance. Most film goers and critics do not think it is Sheridan in either shot (the woman looks nothing like her) but the DVD commentary for the film states that it is her. Many film internet sources, including IMDB, credit Sheridan for the part.

Co-star Tim Holt's father, Jack Holt, a 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.


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