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Plunder of the Sun -- 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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Writers:
Jonathan Latimer (screen play)
David Dodge (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
26 August 1953 (USA) See more »
Plot:
An American insurance adjuster, stranded in Havana, becomes involved with an archaeologist and a collector... See more » | Full synopsis »
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(4 articles)
Actress Patricia Medina Dead At 92
 (From WENN. 2 May 2012, 12:06 PM, PDT)

Patricia Medina: '50s film star dead at 92
 (From Pop2it. 2 May 2012, 11:53 AM, PDT)

1950s Leading Lady Patricia Medina Dies At 92
 (From Huffington Post. 2 May 2012, 8:48 AM, PDT)

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Cast

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Glenn Ford ... Al Colby

Diana Lynn ... Julie Barnes

Patricia Medina ... Anna Luz
Francis L. Sullivan ... Thomas Berrien
Sean McClory ... Jefferson
Eduardo Noriega ... Raul Cornejo
Julio Villarreal ... Ulbaldo Navarro (as Julio Villareal)
Charles Rooner ... Captain Bergman

Douglass Dumbrille ... Consul (as Douglas Dumbrille)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mona Barrie ... Tourist (uncredited)
Victorio Blanco ... Waiter (uncredited)
Juan García ... Bartender (uncredited)
Margarito Luna ... Tacho (uncredited)
Carlos Múzquiz ... Museum curator (uncredited)
Manuel Vergara 'Manver' ... Man playing cards (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Farrow 
 
Writing credits
Jonathan Latimer (screen play)

David Dodge (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Robert Fellows .... producer
John Wayne .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Antonio Díaz Conde 
Hugo Friedhofer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Jack Draper 
 
Film Editing by
Harry Marker 
 
Art Direction by
Alfred Ybarra  (as Al Ybarra)
 
Makeup Department
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist (as David Grayson)
 
Production Management
Nate H. Edwards .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew V. McLaglen .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
James L. Fields .... sound director
Galdino R. Samperio .... sound re-recordist (as Galdino Samperio)
Manuel Topete .... dialogue recordist (as Manuel Topete Blake)
 
Music Department
Antonio Díaz Conde .... conductor
Manuel Topete .... music recordist (as Manuel Topete Blake)
Arthur Lange .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Robert Wiley Miller .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 

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81 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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The lines spoken by Berrien, "For my heart thy breast is enough/ For thy liberty my wings are enough" are from 'Your breast is enough' , from Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda.See more »
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Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
thin but pungent noir, 30 July 2012
Author: Hunt2546 from United States

Thin, ultimately silly film is given unearned heft by virtue of Jack Draper's cinematography which turns ancient Mexican ruins into the nightmare city of classic noir, the wet streets and shadowy alleys that are the essence of the genre. Glenn Ford is sour and surly as an American insurance man who travels the tropics with a full wardrobe of tweed suits (maybe that's why he's so grim). Down on his luck in a vividly evoked pre-Castro Cuba, he signs on to smuggle a certain antiquity BACK into the Mexico from whence it came for reaasons that never make much sense. Soon there are three or four factions vying for whatever he has taped under his left nipple: a sleazy archaeologist (Sean McClory), an American hot thang with plasticene-brassiere breasts that jut like nose cones (Dianna Lynne), a sultry hispanic gal (Patricia Medina), and finally some kind of Mexican expert and his thug son. There's too much fist fighting over a gun--Glenn and Sean duke it out about four times over Sean's Colt Detective Special--and the whole thing never makes much sense. But damn, it looks GREAT! Don't know who this Draper guy is--he seems mostly to have worked in Mexico--but his deep focus photography really brings the location to menacing, palpable life. The best passage follows as Ford evokes the ruins and what they mean to dim, pointy-titted Lynne, and it's pre-PC so he's able to make vivid the human sacrifice that blasphemed the place and thus give it a vibration of tragedy and death otherwise unearned in the movie. The other delight is McClory's debauched archaeologist, under a blonde crewcut and some heavy tortoise-shell specs. He's very vivid and far more charismatic than the dreary, mumbly Ford The movie really looses it in its climax, and ends in a silly shootout and fistfight in a backlot Hollywood set that wastes all the good will it had built up with the location work; suddenly, it looks like early TV and in a sense it has become early TV.

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