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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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1957 (USA)  »

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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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Sex in the Jungle
9 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Peggy Castle was one lovely female...yessir. She was basically a dead ringer for Lana Turner. Unfortunately Hollywood already had Lana. Oh well. This film worked well for me. This is not your typical jungle adventure that looks to impress Tarzan fans first. No, this is a very adult Jungle adventure that should appeal to all of us who at one time or another have participated in the game of love.

Peggy Castle plays a photographer who skillfully plays one man off another in order to get what she wants. Of course it all blows up in a film noir kind of way and ends tragically. The little three way game of sexual one upmanship is directed well and reasonably well acted. The steam that Castle emanates goes a long way towards making this work. The color photography was nice, especially considering the great locales.

I enjoyed this quite nicely, in a weird way it reminded me of the second half of Gone With The Wind with the way the steamy melodrama unfolded. The action scenes that depicted the final events would have been better with slightly more authentic looking Indians. The rescue of the girl was highly improbable but the finale included an interesting little twist there with the unusual demise of the guide. I found this an interesting movie with very cool sexual undertones that kept me glued to my TV set. Unique...worth a look for a glimpse of Peggy Castle at her apex.


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