Poster for the Golden Globe winning film "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"

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This was the film of the year: after winning three Golden Globes (Best Picture, Best Director, John Huston, and Best Supporting actor, his father Walter Huston), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre went on to win three Oscars. It is remembered as one of John Huston's finest movies, with Humphrey Bogart and Tim Holt headlining a great cast. It was also a family affair for the Hustons: father and son famously bickered during the production and yet managed to beautifully complete a difficult shoot in Arizona (near Tucson), doubling for the Mexican Sierra. Their awards were the first and only father-and-son double wins in Golden Globes history.

In the adventurous “Sierra Madre”, Fred C. Dobbs (Bogart) and Bob Curtin (Holt), both down on their luck in Mexico in 1925, meet an old prospector named Howard (Huston) in Tampico and decide to join him in search of gold in the wilds of central Mexico. Through enormous difficulties, they eventually succeed in finding gold, but bandits, the elements, and most especially greed threaten to turn their success into disaster. John Huston based his own script on the B. Traven novel of the same title. The fight scene in the cantina took five days to shoot and the obvious use of doubles in the bar fight scene to replace Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt and Barton MacLane: it was the beginning of a widespread use of stuntmen for fight action in Hollywood.

During his acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards, Walter Huston moved the audience saying: “Many, many years ago, I brought up a boy and I said to him, 'Son, if you ever become a writer, try to write a good part for your old man sometime'. Well, that's what he did! And he even directed me!” 

The Golden Globe Award for Sierra Madre was shared with Johnny Belinda, Jean Negulesco's drama with Jane Wyman. It was one of the rare occurrences of this kind (a tie), and they all graciously celebrated together.