Cast & Crew
When a sportsman named Barrier asks to rent a sailboat, Skipper, the owner, tells him the story of Chris Thompson, the previous man to rent the boat: Some time in the past, Chris puts together a crew consisting of Captain Andrews, Ben, Manuel and The Hammer and sails toward Mexico. At sea, they discover Jimmy Trask, who has stowed away with his pet monkey, and Chris allows him to stay. When the monkey runs off with a pouch belonging to Chris, Chris gets very upset and Andrews and Hammer try to discover what is inside. One day, Manuel states that his guitar cannot play--a bad omen. Shortly afterward, Ben falls overboard, and despite Chris's attempts to save him, is attacked by sharks. Later, Chris and Jimmy witness a battle between an octopus and a shark. Ignoring Manuel's prediction that two more will die, Chris orders Andrews to sail into a nearby bay. After they anchor the boat, Carmelita Lopez comes aboard to warn them that they will not find the treasure they are seeking. She begs them not to go ashore, but shows them two coins her grandfather found before he died while searching for the treasure. The next day, Chris shows the rest of the crew a treasure map and a letter. He explains that the gold was buried by a dying monk and that he intends to give the money to the religious order that reared him when he was orphaned. If the others want to accompany him, he says that he will split his portion of the treasure with them. Despite Carmelita's warning, they all agree to go into the desert with Chris. Manuel is the first to feel the effects of heat and thirst. The others chase him when he runs off into the desert and find him near some natural gas fires that, according to the map, indicate that they are close to the treasure. They bring Manuel back to camp, but the next morning he is gone. Later, they find his body and bury him. Then Jimmy becomes ill, and Chris wants to turn back, but Jimmy insists that they continue, pointing out that a lake is marked on the map and they can refill their canteens. Later, they see a mirage, and realize that this is what is drawn on the map. Andrews and Hammer wander off together, and Andrews finds the treasure, which he and Hammer plot to steal. Jimmy overhears, and to prevent him from telling Chris, Andrews and Hammer tie him up in the desert. When Jimmy does not return to camp, Chris becomes concerned and searches for him. He finds Jimmy near death, but brings him back to camp and then takes off after Andrews and Hammer. During the ensuing shootout, Hammer is killed. While Andrews and Chris fight each other, a wind comes up and buries the treasure. Chris overcomes Andrews, but is near death from the sun when he is found by Carmelita and her father. Skipper then explains that he is waiting for Chris to return for the boat. Barrier is skeptical, but as Skipper finishes his story, Chris, Jimmy and a monkey come aboard. As if to confirm the story, the monkey is wearing a necklace of gold coins.
Junior, The Monkey
Irving A. Applebaum
L. B. Appleton Jr.
Jack H. Greenhalgh Jr.
Joseph I. Kane
Sydney A. Moore
Percy J. Townsend
William H. Wilmarth
Eddie Albert (1906-2005)
The son of a real estate agent, Albert was born Edward Albert Heimberger in Rock Island, Ill., on April 22, 1906. His family relocated to Minneapolis when he was still an infant. Long entralled by theatre, he studied drama at the University of Minnesota. After years of developing his acting chops in touring companies, summer stock and a stint with a Mexican circus, he signed a contract with Warner Bros. and made his film debut in Brother Rat (1938). Although hardly a stellar early film career, he made some pleasant B-pictures, playing slap happy youths in Brother Rat and a Baby (1940), and The Wagons Roll at Night (1941).
His career was interrupted for military service for World War II, and after his stint (1942-45), he came back and developed a stronger, more mature screen image: Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947); Carrie (1952); his Oscar® nominated turn as the Bohemian photographer friend of Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday (1953); a charming Ali Hakim in Oklahoma (1955); and to many critics, his finest hour as an actor, when he was cast unnervingly against type as a cowardly military officer whose lack of commitment to his troops results in their deaths in Attack! (1956).
As he settled into middle-age, Albert discovered belated fame when he made the move to Hooterville. For six seasons (1965-71), television viewers loved Eddie Albert as Oliver Wendal Douglas, the bemused city slicker who, along with his charming wife Lisa (Eva Gabor), takes a chance on buying a farm in the country and dealing with all the strange characters that come along their way. Of course, I'm talking about Green Acres. If he did nothing else, Alberts proved he could be a stalwart straight man in the most inane situations, and pull it off with grace.
After the run of Green Acres, Albert found two of his best roles in the late stages of his career that once again cast him against his genial, good-natured persona: the fiercly overprotective father of Cybill Shepherd in The Heartbreak Kid (1972), for which he earned his second Oscar® nomination; and the sadistic warden in Robert Aldrich's raucous gridiron comedy The Longest Yard (1974). Soon, Albert was in demand again, and he had another hit series, playing a retired police officer who partners with a retired con artist (Robert Wagner) to form a detective agency in Switch (1975-78).
The good roles slowed down slightly by the dawn of the '80s, both film: The Concorde: Airport '79 (1979), How to Beat the High Co$t of Living (1980), Take This Job and Shove It (1981); and television: Highway to Heaven, Murder, She Wrote, Thirtysomething, offered him little in the way of expansion. Yet, Albert spent his golden years in a most admirable fashion, he became something of activist for world health and pollution issues throughout the latter stages of his life. It is widely acknowledged that International Earth Day (April 22) is honored on his birthday for his tireless work on environemental matters. Albert was married to famed hispanic actress Margo (1945-85) until her death, and is survived by his son, actor Edward Albert, a daughter, and two granddaughters.
by Michael T. Toole
Eddie Albert (1906-2005)
This was apparently the only production of Signal Pictures, an independent production company formed by film industry ex-servicemen, L. B. Appleton, Irving Allen, Jack H. Greenhalgh, Andrew Holt, Harold Knox and Eddie Albert.