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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 »
NewsDesk:
(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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I felt pretty bored by all this...and little of it seemed believable. See more (15 total) »

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)

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)
 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling (uncredited)
 
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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1.37 : 1 See more »
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 »
Goofs:
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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2 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
I felt pretty bored by all this...and little of it seemed believable., 7 October 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I have never read the original novel by David Dodge, so I cannot in any way compare this movie to his book. I assume the other reviewer who felt the book was MUCH better was right--that usually is the case.

It's worth seeing this film just so you can get a glimpse of 1950's Cuba. There are only a few films set there (a couple of Errol Flynn's last films were shot there) and it's a nice chance to see the country--as most Americans have never been there or seen the place in films.

The film begins in Mexico. Glenn Ford is being held by the authorities and a worker from the US Consulate tells him to explain what happened. So, Ford begins to talk and the film flashes back one week to Havana. It seems he's been stranded there without funds and is waiting and hoping a letter with money soon arrives. When an odd man in a wheelchair offers him way too much money to deliver an 'unimportant trinket', Ford rightly figures that it's VERY important. And soon he's on his way to Mexico to go treasure hunting.

All in all, it's amazing how uninteresting the film becomes. While it all concerns a HUGE treasure trove, the film never seems very realistic nor exciting. It's hard to put my finger on it, but I felt pretty bored bored during all these betrayals, drunken brawls and the like. Much of it was, I think, because Ford's dealings with the white-haired man never made much sense. Also what made no sense was the casting of Diana Lynn. At times the film tried to have her behave like a vamp or femme fatale--it was akin to seeing Donna Douglas or June Lockhart doing this! She just seemed ill at ease and the wrong lady for such a role. Cute and perky yes---a drunken slut, certainly not!

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