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The White Orchid (1954)

 -  Adventure | Romance  -  1957 (USA)
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A romantic triangle leads to complications on an archaeological expedition in Southern Mexico.

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Complete credited cast:
William Lundigan ...
Robert Burton
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Kathryn Williams
Armando Silvestre ...
Juan Cervantes
Rosenda Monteros ...
Lupita
Jorge Treviño ...
Arturo
Alejandro de Montenegro ...
Miguel
Miguel A. Gallardo ...
Pedro
Ramon S. Fernandez ...
Baytab
Ballet Moderno de Mexico ...
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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!

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Creatures of the Jungle  »

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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 Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. See more »

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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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Technicolor adventure in Mexico
28 August 2007 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Opens with Robert Burton (William Lundigan "Santa Fe Trail") dictating into his recorder. He is giving the story of El Taxim, the Mayan Temple, but during this and other parts of the film, the sound is choppy and small portions are missing. This disc is part of a 50 film collection of "action classics" from Treeline/TCM, and much of the color is also faded and washed out . Burton meets up with Kathryn Williams, ( Peggy Castle, who made lots of westerns in the 1950s) who has been assigned as his photographer. Burton doesn't like the idea of having a female photographer along, but later decides she's not so bad. We also get to witness some interesting native Mexican festival rites which may or may not be authentic. Local native Juan Cervantes (Armando Silvestre, actor from Mexico who made many movies from the 1940s right up until 1999) promises to help her find the jungle to research a more primitive, traditional population, but of course this only causes more friction with Burton, her boss. Through Burton's stupidity, they lose supplies in a sandstorm; moving on, they stop at Juan's ranch before continuing on their expedition, with their singing band of helpers. At one point, they cross paths with a raccoon, and Kathryn asks "What's that?" One might think she would recognize a raccoon, on either side of the border...Then the troubles begin... and things get a little unbelieve-able, but I guess we're just along for the adventure. The travel to exotic lands would have been quite interesting before people did as much travel as they do today.


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