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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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Love triangle, jealousy and Aztecs
8 September 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

More a postcard of Mexico than a movie, despite which, actor William Lundigan stars as a straight-laced archaeologist who reluctantly takes stand-in photographer (Castle) along on an expedition where tensions grow as a love triangle evolves with local guide (Silvestre).

Interesting cast features the young Rosenda Monteros as Silvestre's scorned woman, the ill-fated Peggie Castle as the seductive snapper, and Latin heart-throb Silvestre as the bane of Lundigan's dapper but ultimately bland existence. The soap opera treatment services the romantic melodrama and sexual tension, leaving the action to compete for the sloppy seconds. At times, Lundigan looks like coitus interruptus personified, such are the provocative glances and horny exchanges between Castle and her Latin tease.

Despite colourful landscapes and an attractive cast, the film never elevates beyond B-grade fodder, incapable of conjuring any excitement or palpable tension, weighed down by inane dialogue ("merely a vampire bat") and a plot that prefers melodrama to action (60 minutes passes before the first glimpse of something more fervent than tent buddies on heat). The climax and conclusion offer some redemption, with a fiery Aztec encounter, but it's all too little too late to resurrect the picture from 'average' status.


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