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Legend of the Lost (1957)
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The 1957 Batjac Productions film "Legend of the Lost" was partly filmed on location
in the ancient Roman city of Leptis Magna, located in modern Libya, east of Tripoli.
 
There are no coins shown but Leptis Magna was the birthplace of the Roman emperor
Septimius Severus, whose long reign produced many coins.
 
The film stars John Wayne as Joe January, a local adventurer, Sophia Loren as Dita, a town girl,
and Rossano Brazzi as Paul Bonnard, an amateur archaelogist who is looking for ruins that
his father had found.
 
Paul Bonnard arrives in Timbuktu in search of a guide to escort him into the Sahara desert.
His father spent years looking for a "lost city" and Paul has his father's diary.
The policeman Prefect Dukas introduces him to Joe January, an American who knows the area.
Paul hires Joe as a guide.
Paul also meets Dita, a woman who introduces herself by stealing his watch.
He then gives her the watch and makes a friend.
 
Paul and Joe head into the desert on mules, and later Dita appears at their campground.
After some time, they find water and the "lost city", where they find the skeletons
of Paul's father and two others. They also find some treasure.
Paul and Joe get into a fight over Dita, and Paul rides off with their horses.
Joe and Dita have to hike out, and nearly out of water, find Paul collapsed in the desert.
Paul tries to kill Joe, but Dita shoots him.
About to die, Joe and Dita are rescued by the Libyan cavalry.
Legend of the Lost
1. Title
 
Although it is not mentioned in the film, Leptis Magna was the birthplace of the Roman Emperor
Septimius Severus, who was born there in AD 145 and was emperor from AD 193 to 211.
 
A coin of Septimius Severus, minted in AD 200:
 
Rome Septimius denarius Victory
2. Septimius Severus denarius - Victory Parthia
 
Obverse:
Laureate head right
SEVERVS AVG PART MAX
 
Reverse:
Victory flying left holding open wreath in both hands over round shield set on low base.
PM TRP VIII COS II PP
 
Legend of the Lost
3. Timbuktu
 
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4. Paul arrives
 
He meets Prefect Dukas, the local police official.
 
Legend of the Lost
5. Dita
 
Dita, having stolen Paul's watch, awaits the arrival of the police.
 
Legend of the Lost
6. Hat
 
In the town jail, a familiar looking hat.
 
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7. Joe
 
No, not him, but well-known, anyway.
 
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8. Meet
 
The three meet and the two men discuss the trip. Dita wants to go along.
 
Legend of the Lost
9. Timbuktu
 
The city of Timbuktu.
 
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10. Meet
 
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11. Mules
 
Loading the mules for the trip.
 
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12. No women wanted
 
Dita wants to go along.
 
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13. Heading out
 
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14. Riders
 
Riding across the desert.
 
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15. Dita arrives
 
Dita has joined a caravan which drops her off.
 
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16. Money
 
Joe wants to send Dita back to town, but Paul now wants her along and pays Joe more money.
 
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17. Riders
 
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18. Survey
 
Joe uses a surveying device to find his way.
 
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19. Climbing up the rocks
 
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20. Dita has her "Indiana Jones" moment
 
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21. Dita finds something on her
 
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22. Paul and Dita
 
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23. Tauregs
 
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24. Bath
 
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25. Joe and Dita
 
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26. Camp
 
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27. Sunset
 
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28. Argument
 
The men start arguing about things.
 
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29. Water
 
Lots of it here, apparently.
 
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30. Water
 
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31. The two see something
 
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32. Ancient Roman city
 
It's the "lost city".
 
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33. Ancient Roman city
 
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34. Ancient Roman city
 
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35. Ancient Roman city
 
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36. Ancient Roman city
 
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37. Ancient Roman city
 
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38. Ancient Roman city
 
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39. Ancient Roman city Trajan
 
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40. Ancient Roman city Theatre
 
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41. Ancient Roman city
 
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42. Ancient Roman city horse
 
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43. Skeletons
 
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44. Skeleton note
 
Joe reads a note found with the skeletons.
 
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45. Comfort
 
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46. Drink
 
What a place for a drink.
 
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47. Burial
 
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48. Bats
 
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49. Door
 
They find the Iron Door which leads to treasure.
 
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50. Treasure room
 
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51. Diary
 
Joe reads from Paul's father's diary.
 
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52. Jewels
 
They manage to find some jewelry.
 
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53. Ancient Roman city
 
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54. Horses gone
 
Paul has taken the horses during the night.
 
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55. Water
 
Joe and Dita, having walked out, find the water oasis they stopped at on the way in.
 
Legend of the Lost
56. Trek
 
Joe and Dita trekking across the desert.
 
Legend of the Lost
57. Joe and Dita
 
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58. Paul on the ground
 
Joe and Dita find Paul collapsed.
 
He later revives, pulls a knife, and Dita is forced to shoot him.
 
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59. Joe, Dita, and a blanket await the end
 
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60. Cavalry
 
The cavalry arrives just in time.
 
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61. The End
 
Notes:
 
Cast:
John Wayne as Joe January
Sophia Loren as Dita
Rossano Brazzi as Paul Bonnard
Kurt Kasznar as Prefect Dukas
 
Director: Henry Hathaway
Writers: Ben Hecht, Robert Presnell Jr.
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