“Badges? We ain’t got no badges! We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”
It’s a classic (and oft misquoted) line from one of the greatest films of all time, John Huston’s classic film from 1948, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.” This week, join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we delve into this fascinating and tragic film, once considered a difficult film that received more praise from critics than it did from audiences at the time even though now it’s considered one of the best films ever made. We talk about the fantastic trio of actors heading up the film—Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt and the unforgettable Walter Huston—John’s dad—who rightfully won an Oscar for his performance. We dig into the troubles of location shooting and why it was such a challenge back then. We talk about the nature of man and what the story is saying about what happens to men when large quantities of money (or in this case gold) come into play. And we chat about the mysterious B. Traven, author of the original novel, and the strange theories about who he really is. It’s an absolutely fantastic film and one well worth talking about. Join us and listen in!