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Plunder of the Sun (1953)

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American adventurer gets involved in archaeological artifact smuggling and treasure hunting in Mexico.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Jonathan Latimer (screen play), David Dodge (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Charles Rooner ... Captain Bergman
Douglass Dumbrille ... Consul (as Douglas Dumbrille)
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Storyline

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. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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There was a bullet waiting at the Zapotec gate!


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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1953 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Pillaje al sol See more »

Filming Locations:

Mitla, Oaxaca, Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,000,000, 31 December 1953
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wayne-Fellows Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Mona Barrie. See more »

Goofs

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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Crazy Credits

Plunder of the Sun was filmed in its entirety in Mexico in the Zapotecan ruins of Mitla and Monte Alban. We wish to express our gratitude to the wonderful people of Oaxaca, Veracruz and the Churubusco-Azteca Studios in Mexico City for their help and cooperation. See more »

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Sin ella
Written by Enrique Fabregat
Sung by an unidentified singer in the saloon
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Read the book
20 March 2004 | by Rand-AlSee all my reviews

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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