The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a 1948 American dramatic adventurous neo- western written and directed by John Huston . It was a feature film adaptation of B. Traven ‘s 1927novel , about two financially desperate Americans , Fred C. Dobbs ( Humphrey Bogart ) and Bob Curtin ( Tim Holt ), who’ s in the 1920s join old – timer Howard ( Walter Huston , the director’s father) in Mexico to prospect for gold.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was one of the first Hollywood films to be filmed on the outside of the United States (in the state of Durango and street scenes in Tampico , Mexico), although many scenes were filmed back in the studio and elsewhere in the US. The film is quite faithful to the source novel. In 1990, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.