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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre  (1948)
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  Treasure of the Sierra Madre  

Things are getting tense among three gold miners in the Sierra Madre mountains of Mexico when the young one sees a Gila Monster crawl under a rock and goes over to it. Bogart comes up, sees him looking at the rock and accuses him of trying to steal his treasure which just happens to be hidden under that very rock. The other guy says it was an accident and if Bogie doesn't believe it, he can reach under the rock himself and get his treasure. Then he starts spouting Gila Monster tales like they never do let go once they grab on to you, if you cut them in two the head will still hang on until sundown, by which time the victim is dead. Bogart starts to go for the treasure, but has second thoughts. The third miner comes and turns the rock over with a branch and the young guy does the only thing a real man can do with such a dangerous beast on the loose, he shoots it with his revolver, cowboy style. The lizard was not the best of actors since it started to crawl away when the rock was lifted, but then after cutting away to see the gun, we see it under the rock as if it had never moved at all. It looks like they might have used two different Gila Monsters for the scene, since the first looks like a Reticulated and the second like a Banded.


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