Character: Movie Character, Novel Character
Movie/Novel: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Portrayed by: Humphrey Bogart

John Huston's masterpiece about what "gold does to men's souls" captures the moral complexity and mordant irony of B. Traven's classic novel. "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" follows the fortunes of three down-and-out American prospectors searching for treasure in Mexico. Humphrey Bogart's scruffy, venal Fred C. Dobbs becomes consumed with greed, lacking the decency of Tim Holt's character or the wisdom of the grizzled old-timer played by Walter Huston (the director's father). The picaresque milieu of flophouses, saloons, desert trails, and makeshift mine shafts is vividly rendered by the director and cinematographer Ted McCord. Both Hustons won Oscars for their work in this timeless reflection of the dark side of human nature.

"You can't catch me sleepin'... Don't you ever believe that. I'm not that dumb. The day you try to put anything over on me will be a costly one for both of you... Any more lip out of ya and I'll pull off and let ya have it. If ya know what's good for ya, ya won't monkey around with Fred C. Dobbs!"


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