Jivaro (film)

Jivaro (1954) also known as Lost Treasure of the Amazon, is a 3-D Technicolor film starring Fernando Lamas, Rhonda Fleming and Brian Keith, directed by Edward Ludwig. Publicity material for the film translates Jivaro as "headhunters of the Amazon".

Directed byEdward Ludwig
Produced byWilliam H. Pine
William C. Thomas
Written byWinston Miller from a story by David Duncan
StarringFernando Lamas
Rhonda Fleming
Brian Keith
Music byGregory Stone
CinematographyLionel Lindon
Edited byHoward Smith
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • February 12, 1954 (1954-02-12)
Running time
91 - 93 min.
CountryUnited States

Originally filmed in stereoscopic 3-D, due to a decline in interest Jivaro was not presented in that format in its original release. It later had its 3-D debut on September 17, 2006 at The World 3-D Expo in Hollywood.[1]


Alice Parker (Fleming) arrives at the Brazilian trading outpost of Rio Galdez (Lamas) in search of her fiancé (Denning), an alcoholic engineer who has ventured into dangerous Jívaro territory on a quest for gold.[2]



In April 1952 Pine-Thomas Productions announced they had bought the novel Morro Treasure by David Duncan and hired Duncan to write the script.[3]

The film was known as Lost Treasure of the Amazon. In August John Payne was announced as star as part of a two-picture contract with Pine Thomas, the other being High Voltage.[4] Payne ended up not appearing in the film and High Voltage was never made.

Rhonda Fleming and Fernando Lamas were cast in April 1953. The film was meant to be in 3D.[5]


  1. Ain't It Cool News Aug 14 2006
  2. NY Times Jivaro(1954) THE SCREEN IN REVIEW
  3. Pine-Thomas Will Film Story of Head Hunters; TV Beauty in Thriller Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 26 Apr 1952: 9.
  4. U. S. SUIT 'POLITICS,' ZANUCK DECLARES New York Times 9 Aug 1952: 6
  5. Rhonda Fleming Will Costar With Lamas Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times 11 Apr 1953: 10.

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