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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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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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Runtime:
81 min
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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:
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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17 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Read the book, 20 March 2004
Author: Randal Brandt from Berkeley, California

Not much of David Dodge's novel remains in this film version, other than the names of some of the characters and the basic plot. American insurance investigator Al Colby is hired to smuggle a package out of Havana and into Oaxaca, Mexico. When the man who hired him is murdered aboard ship, Colby decides to find out what he is carrying and why it is worth killing for. Unscrupulous antiquities dealers, disgraced archaeologists, and desperate women all clash in a search for buried Zapotecan treasure. Glenn Ford is serviceable as Al Colby, but the plot is murky, the characters are under-developed, and the location is inexplicably changed from Peru to Mexico. Although it is long out-of-print, copies of the book are still relatively easy to find (unlike prints of this film, which is still tied up in Wayne estate litigation), and reading the book is a much better use of one's time.

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