Rugged American adventurer Harry Steele (Charlton Heston), who works as a tour guide in Peru, possesses part of a map leading to an invaluable Inca artifact and is racing to locate it before it’s found by archaeologist Stanley Moorehead (Robert Young) or con man Ed Morgan (Thomas Mitchell). Using an airplane stolen with the help of a Romanian refugee (Nicole Maurey), Harry continues his quest at the stunning and treacherous Machu Picchu.
Jerry Hopper (July 29, 1907 – December 17, 1988) was an American film and television director, active from the mid-1940s through the early 1970s.
He was an editor at Paramount Pictures before moving to the directors’ chair for several installments of their Musical Parade series (1946–48). Hopper went on to direct feature films, such as, The Atomic City (1952), Secret of the Incas (1954), and The Private War of Major Benson (1955), the later two with actor Charlton Heston. In 1958 he directed Brandon De Wilde and Lee Marvin in The Missouri Traveler.
He then moved primarily into episodic television, helming a notable number of episodes from “Bachelor Father”, “Wagon Train”, “Gunsmoke”, “The Addams Family”, “Burke’s Law”, “Perry Mason”, “The Fugitive”, “Gilligan’s Island”, and “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea”, among many, many others. —Wikipedia