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Plunder of the Sun (1953)

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An American insurance adjuster, stranded in Havana, becomes involved with an archaeologist and a collector of antiquities in a hunt for treasure in the Mexican ruins of Zapoteca.



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Complete credited cast:
Al Colby
Julie Barnes
Anna Luz
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Thomas Berrien
Sean McClory ...
Eduardo Noriega ...
Raul Cornejo
Julio Villarreal ...
Ulbaldo Navarro (as Julio Villareal)
Charles Rooner ...
Captain Bergman
Consul (as Douglas Dumbrille)


An American insurance adjuster, stranded in Havana, becomes involved with an archaeologist and a collector of antiquities in a hunt for treasure in the Mexican ruins of Zapoteca. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Release Date:

26 August 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das geheimnisvolle Testament  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Glenn Ford turned down the lead role in Hondo (1953) because he had not enjoyed working with director John Farrow on this film. See more »


At Mitla, Colby shows Julie a hole, indicating that it was a place for offerings to the gods, including human sacrifices. In central America, cenotes (or sinkholes) were used by the native population as water sources and also were used for offerings of human sacrifices and objects. However there are no cenotes at Mitla. See more »


Julie Barnes: You stood me up because you think i'm a tramp.
Al Colby: I don't think you're a tramp.
Julie Barnes: Yes you do... cuz I am. I'm a tramp and everybody knows it; Julie the tramp. What's a lady have to do to get a cigarette around here?
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Crazy Credits

Plunder of the Sun was filmed in its entirety in Mexico in the Zapotecan ruins of Mitla and Monte Alban. We wish to express our gratitude to the wonderful people of Oaxaca, Veracruz and the Churubusco-Azteca Studios in Mexico City for their help and cooperation. See more »


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Written by Enrique Fabregat
Sung by an unidentified singer in the saloon
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When The Blunder For Plunder Has Gone A-Sunder
8 December 2013 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Even though American insurance adjuster, Al Colby (who was presently visiting Havana, Cuba) was somewhat of a disagreeable brute who thought nothing of shoving around both men and women whenever it suited his mood, he was still deemed so irresistible that he found not one, but two, sexy babes lusting after him as if he were the hottest hunk in tweed trousers.

With that in mind, I found Plunder Of The Sun (POTS) to be one of the most clichéd, predictable and, yes, decidedly dumb Crime/Adventure stories (with its preposterous double-whammy romance, thrown in for good measure) that I've seen, from the good, old 1950s, in a mighty long time.

Featuring some real goof-ball villains, annoying/boring femme fatales and various implausible (and highly laughable) situations, POTS' story about hunting for hidden treasure amongst the ancient ruins and pyramids at Monte Alban, Mexico, just didn't have what it takes to cut the mustard, from my point of view.

With its story being told mainly through flashbacks, including lots of voice-over narration by Al Colby (Glenn Ford's less-than-appealing character), POTS was definitely one of those movies that left this viewer quite dissatisfied and thinking to himself that this picture certainly had the potential to be a whole lot better than it was.

Even though POTS' running time was only a mere 80 minutes, it sure seemed to me that so much of the general action was all but worthless and easily forgettable.

As well, this film certainly lost a lot of its overall entertainment value by being filmed in stark b&w.

The many scenes that were shot amongst the Zapotec ruins near Oaxaca, Mexico, would have been so absolutely wonderful to behold had they been given the full Technicolor treatment.

And, finally, I thought that, as an actor, Glenn Ford was not at all well-suited for his part. Like, c'mon, Al Colby (that face-slapping heel) actually had 2 fairly hot women throwing themselves at him regardless of what dangers this might have posed to their immediate safety.

And, to me, that was preposterous beyond words.

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