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The White Orchid (1954)

A romantic triangle leads to complications on an archaeological expedition in Southern Mexico.



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Complete credited cast:
Robert Burton
Kathryn Williams
Armando Silvestre ...
Juan Cervantes
Jorge Treviño ...
Alejandro de Montenegro ...
Miguel A. Gallardo ...
Ramón Sánchez ...
Baytab (as Ramon S. Fernandez)
Ballet Moderno de Mexico ...
Native Dancers


An archaeologist working in Southern Mexico believes that there are remnants of the ancient Toltec civilization in a remote area. He requests a photographer, and is frustrated when he is sent a young woman to do the job. He continually annoys her with his narrow-minded remarks, yet she takes the pictures he requests of a local fiesta, and later she convinces a plantation owner from the area to be their guide. As they begin the trip in search of the archaeologist's goal, he begins to respect the young photographer. But as both he and their guide become increasingly attracted to her, tensions begin to build, even as they face ever-increasing dangers. Written by Snow Leopard

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Xtabay... exotic jungle goddess!


Adventure | Romance







Release Date:

1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Creatures of the Jungle  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Ballet Moderno de Mexico was established in 1952 by the internationally acclaimed dancer Amalia Hernández Navarro and renamed in 1959 the The Ballet Folklorico of Mexico. See more »


Femme Fatale
Music by Chuy Hernandez
Spanish Lyrics by Gabriel Luna (as Gabriel Luna de la Fuente)
English Lyrics by Reginald Le Borg
Sung by Don Durant (uncredited)
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Fair Overall, With Location Photography As A Plus
27 March 2006 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

The location photography in Mexico is a noticeable plus in this adventure feature, which is watchable but just fair overall. The story follows a very familiar pattern, yet it opens up some good dramatic possibilities. The cast and characters don't always make full use of the opportunities, but there is enough to make it worth seeing.

William Lundigen stars as a diligent but rather small-minded archaeologist, who is reluctant to take a female photographer on an important and hazardous trip to a remote part of Mexico. Once the expedition is underway, he and the group's guide find themselves rivals for the photographer's attentions, which makes the hazardous situations they face even more difficult.

The combination of a love triangle with a hazardous quest is the kind of setup that can make for a fine movie, and this one gets enough out of the setup to be interesting, but it could have been quite a bit better. The dialogue is too bland to give the actors a lot to work with, and as the lead, Lundigen is believable but one-dimensional. Peggy Castle is attractive enough to make it easy to believe that the two males could make fools of themselves over her, but likewise she and her character remain one-dimensional. Armando Silvestre is somewhat more interesting as the guide.

On the plus side, the settings and the situation are interesting, and they offer a slight change of pace from the usual action film premises. Even with some of the color having faded from the print, the rugged scenery is often well worth seeing just for itself, and the outdoor photography adds considerably to the atmosphere. Overall, though it has some apparent flaws, it's not bad and it has some definite pluses.

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