Legend of the Lost

Synopsis: Paul Bonnard arrives in Timbuktu in search of a guide to escort him into the Sahara desert. American Joe January takes the job despite misgivings about Bonnard's plans. Dita, a prostitute who has been deeply moved by what appears to be Bonnard's spiritual nature, follows the two men into the desert. Eventually the trio arrives in the ruins of a lost city, where Bonnard hopes to find the treasure his father sought years earlier before disappearing. But what Bonnard finds alters him in unexpected ways, with tragic results.
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Director(s): Henry Hathaway
Production: United Artists
109 min

- Monsieur Dukas, please.

- Go away, I am busy.

Excellency, please, the stranger,

he wants to see you.

- Go away.

- He's got a big gold watch.

He's giving money away.

Money? Halt! Stop the eulogy!

Everybody halt!

Excellency, it is bad luck to stop.

Sheik Nuwas, our guest of honor,

is in no hurry. Where is the stranger?

This way, come!

I am Anatole Dukas,

the Prefect of the City.

It is my honor to welcome you

to our metropolis.

My name is Paul Bonnard.

I was at your office when the ladies

volunteered to help me find you.

You did well, dear children.

If it is lodging you seek,

or you wish money to exchange

I am at your service, monsieur.

Thank you very much.

I was hoping you would be able

to recommend me a guide.

A guide?

May I ask where you wish to be guided?

Into the Sahara Desert.

Wonderful! I have the perfect man for you

and I myself will supply the equipment.

I dislike to impose.

It is an honor to be of service.

If you come to my office after the burial

I'll present to you the most superb guide.

- At what time?





Shame on you!

To take advantage of a guest.

- Give it to me.

- Wait.


You'll pay for this crime.

Disgrace to Timbuktu.

Take that thief to jail.

Pardon me, but I am preferring

no charges against the young woman.

But a crime has been committed.

Perhaps the payment of a fine

would satisfy the civic conscience.

Monsieur, you show an example

of extreme nobility.

The municipality releases you.

You are free.

You can thank this gentleman.

Thank you, sir.

I am extremely embarrassed.

If you pardon me, I must go back

to the burial of Sheik Nuwas.

- At 5:
00 in my office.

- At 5:

Please, don't give any money away

in my absence.

All right, come. Everybody, go.

- Why did you steal it?

- I wanted it.

If you wanted it, why didn't you ask for it?

You can have it.

- Really?

- Of course.

Thank you.

Joe! Joe January!

He is not here tonight, MonsieurDukas.

Joe, Joe January.

You see something you like?

Hardly. Do these women live here?

Monsieur, they are the children of the city.


Joe! Joe January!

Monsieur Bonnard, please, this young lady

will take care of you for a few moments.

I have a little errand

of an official nature to accomplish.

Guard our guest well.

- Excellency.

- Is Joe January here?

- He has moved in.

- Moved in?

- Yes, with everything.

- With everything?

- Joe, you are indisposed?

- Go away.

Could we go somewhere else?

I have some important information.

I happen to be in jail.

- But Joe, the door is open.

- Not interested.

What's the matter?

Have you lost your head?

I was suddenly put in jail, remember?

Getting drunk and breaking chairs

was bad enough, but bombs, Joe!

You were making bombs!

It wasn't bombs, it was the Fourth of July.

What is wrong with the Fourth of July?

Haven't you heard of a fellow named Geo...

- Who?

- You wouldn't understand.

I am a man of great understanding,

if you...

- Stop howling at me.

- I am not howling!

I am speaking in a gentle, friendly voice.

You are free.

I've paid your fine, 200 francs,

as I have always done

and put it down in my little bill.

You're a crook, Mr. Dukas.

You've been robbing me blind.

You keep socking me with fines

and putting 'em on the bill.

And what happens?

I give you every sou I make

and I still owe you.

A little drink will restore you, Joe.

Yeah, you fat crook!

You gave me 30 days this time,

and 270 days before that.

Add 'em up!

I am entitled to 300 days in this jail.

In toto, at government expense.

- Pay attention...

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