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The Treasure of Pancho Villa (1955)

Approved | | Romance, War, Western | 19 October 1955 (USA)
In 1915, an American adventurer joins the supporters of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa.

Director:

George Sherman

Writers:

Niven Busch (screenplay), J. Robert Bren (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rory Calhoun ... Tom Bryan
Shelley Winters ... Ruth Harris
Gilbert Roland ... Colonel Juan Castro
Joseph Calleia ... Pablo Morales
Fanny Schiller ... Laria Morales
Carlos Múzquiz Carlos Múzquiz ... Commandant (as Carlos Mosquiz)
Tony Carbajal Tony Carbajal ... Farolito (as Tony Carvajal)
Pasquel Pena Pasquel Pena ... Ricardo (as Pasquel Pená)
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Storyline

Mexico, 1915. US bank robber Tom Bryan hopes to retire to Mexico, where the ever popular ex-revolutionary dictator, Pancho Villa, has been deposed and driven to his home province by another tyrant. Colonel Castro's band of loyal Villa-supporters hope to get him back in power so rob a gold train. Aboard is Bryan, who was secretly paid to help. Delivering the gold to Pancho by Yaqui country proves harder, as the Indians help with the federales (government troops) in pursuit. More dangers lurk. Written by KGF Vissers

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WITH GUTS AND GUNFIRE they blasted their way into history! (original one-sheet poster) See more »

Genres:

Romance | War | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De schat van Pancho Villa See more »

Filming Locations:

Morelos, Mexico

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

A Coca Cola sign is seen in the background during the bank robbery. The design is from a more modern period (1940s, rather than 1915). See more »

Soundtracks

La Cucaracha
(uncredited)
Traditional
Whistled at different times by Castro and Bryan, and also performed by the passengers on the train
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Muera Villa.
17 March 2015 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The Treasure of Pancho Villa is directed by George Sherman and adapted to screenplay by Niven Busch from a story written by J. Robert Bren and Gladys Atwater. It stars Rory Calhoun, Gilbert Roland and Shelley Winters. Music is by Leith Stevens and cinematography by William Snyder.

It's 1915, Mexico, and two adventurers are in the throes of revolutionary greed, loyalties and plain stubbornness...

It's all rather dull, really, a film not without a good action quotient, yet it drags itself through the slumber with weak characterisations. Winters is shoehorned into the pic as a sort of love interest, but ultimately her character achieves nothing more than under developed dressage, while Calhoun and Roland are saddled with some dire passages of chatter that come off as weak willed time filler. There's some sturdy machismo on show, especially when Calhoun lets fly with his Lewis Machine Gun, the location photography at Morelos (Technicolor/SuperScope) engages the eyes, and the last hurrah battle excites, but this is one that quickly fades from memory, sadly. By this point even the buzzards have had enough... 5/10


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