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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)

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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Runtime:
81 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Mona Barrie's last movie.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:
Al Colby:Drink's alright, just so it doesn't take you in the wrong direction.See more »
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When The Blunder For Plunder Has Gone A-Sunder, 8 December 2013
Author: Dalbert Pringle from New Zealand

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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