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The Golden Mask (1953)

South of Algiers (original title)
Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 1 March 1954 (USA)
A British Museum archaeologist is searching for an ancient golden mask buried in a Roman tomb in Algeria but tomb robbers follow the academic in the hope of stealing the precious relic.

Director:

Jack Lee

Writer:

Robert Westerby
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Heflin ... Nicholas Chapman
Wanda Hendrix ... Anne Burnet
Eric Portman ... Doctor Burnet
Charles Goldner Charles Goldner ... Petris
Jacques François ... Jacques Farnod
Jacques B. Brunius Jacques B. Brunius ... Kress (as Jacques Brunius)
Aubrey Mather ... Professor Young
Alec Finter Alec Finter ... Workman
Noelle Middleton ... Stewardess
Rene Leplat Rene Leplat ... Doctor Farnod
Simone Silva Simone Silva ... Zara
Pierre Chaminade Pierre Chaminade ... Concierge
Marne Maitland ... Thankyou
George Pastell ... Hassan
Arnold Diamond ... Spahi Officer
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Storyline

Archaeologist Dr. Burnet, his daughter Anne and newspaperman Nicholas Chapman set out to search for the priceless golden mask of Moloch, believed to be in a lost tomb. Two crooks, Kress and Petris, use schemes, tricks and ruses to raise havoc in order to get the mask for themselves. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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They Defied Terror and Taboo TO STORM AFRICA'S FORBIDDEN FRONTIER! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Golden Mask See more »

Filming Locations:

Tunis, Tunisia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mayflower Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

During the drive to the first archaeology site, the position and clothes of the passengers are different from when they first drive off. See more »

Quotes

Nicholas Chapman: [as he approaches Dr. Burnet, who is busy inspecting a serious crack on an ancient Roman statue] I brought back a statue from Peru one time, that got banged up like that. They told me, "One more crack like that and you're fired."
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Crazy Credits

"The Producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance rendered to them in the making of this Motion Picture by the Algerian Government, the French Colonial Forces, the Department of Fine Arts and the Director of the Roman ruins at Djemila in Algeria." See more »

Soundtracks

Yalli Ghadi
(uncredited)
Music by Mustapha Skandrani
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archaeology adventure film with wonderful photography shot in Algeria
22 August 2016 | by navins-854-138794See all my reviews

This is a neglected gem about a British archaeologist's 15 year pursuit of historical treasures from the Roman empire in Northern Africa. It is shot on locale with wonderful scenes of Algiers, its nearby famous ruins, and most especially, spectacular footage of the desert. I have read a few negative reviews, which baffle me; I find the plot line, character development and dialogue a distinct cut above. But what makes this worth owning (alas, the DVD won't play on most American sets) are the unforgettable shots of the desert. Unique in this film is a sub-plot involving an orphaned brother and his young sister. It adds a dimension to the film of unexpected and uncharacteristic (for the genre) humanity.


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