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.
William Lundigan ... Robert Burton
Peggie Castle ... Kathryn Williams
Armando Silvestre ... Juan Cervantes
Rosenda Monteros ... Lupita
Jorge Treviño ... Arturo
Alejandro de Montenegro ... Miguel
Miguel A. Gallardo ... Pedro
Ramon S. Fernandez ... Baytab
Amalia Fernández ... Lead Dancer
Ballet Moderno de Mexico ... Native Dancers
Director: Reginald Le Borg
The location photography in Mexico is a noticeable plus in this adventure feature, which is watchable but just fair overall. The story follows a very familiar pattern, yet it opens up some good dramatic possibilities. The cast and characters don't always make full use of the opportunities, but there is enough to make it worth seeing.
William Lundigen stars as a diligent but rather small-minded archaeologist, who is reluctant to take a female photographer on an important and hazardous trip to a remote part of Mexico. Once the expedition is underway, he and the group's guide find themselves rivals for the photographer's attentions, which makes the hazardous situations they face even more difficult.
The combination of a love triangle with a hazardous quest is the kind of setup that can make for a fine movie, and this one gets enough out of the setup to be interesting, but it could have been quite a bit better. The dialogue is too bland to give the actors a lot to work with, and as the lead, Lundigen is believable but one-dimensional. Peggy Castle is attractive enough to make it easy to believe that the two males could make fools of themselves over her, but likewise she and her character remain one-dimensional. Armando Silvestre is somewhat more interesting as the guide.
On the plus side, the settings and the situation are interesting, and they offer a slight change of pace from the usual action film premises. Even with some of the color having faded from the print, the rugged scenery is often well worth seeing just for itself, and the outdoor photography adds considerably to the atmosphere. Overall, though it has some apparent flaws, it's not bad and it has some definite pluses.
I wonder who put up the money for this travesty of a Mexican adventure. It moves along slowly then it changes pace by stopping and going backwards.
This is sort of a documentary about some lost tribe in Mexico that looks like underfed Tonto impersonators. It has preposterous characters and situations. It held promise until the very beginning and then it started falling apart.
A woman photographer is the lead character more or less, although I think the guy is supposed to be the star. The reporterette has connived her way into an assignment with William Lundigan in Mexico to cover something. He realizes she is a woman and therefore not capable of clicking a camera. So he beats up her boyfriend after she pretends to be in love with a guy who becomes their unwilling guide into the woods.
The guide is actually an acrobat who is not supposed to have his picture taken. You talk about a great story. Then he tries to kill a deer but accidentally murders someone, but it's OK because they leave him behind to fight the whole village. They burned their pictures though when they set the film on fire to set all the huts on fire and escape from the Pyramid.
The movie star's hair is not messed up after she sleeps in a tent and never takes a bath for several days. The three leads have great hair.
If you want to see a movie with a strong intelligent female lead, this isn't it. Try Gone With The Wind, Double Indemnity or Sunset Boulevard.
There is one big dance number on the Pyramid and a song sung by two guys with a guitar. The guys harmonized beautifully.
There is a scene with a nice old reel to reel portable recorder. It is bigger than the iPods of today.
Robert "archaeologist" wants to record and study the lifestyle of an ancient civilization in the jungles of Mexico. The photographer elected to capture and record this historic moment is Catherine. A guide is needed to lead the expedition. Juan "a plantation owner" agrees to lead only because he has fallen in love with the "woman with golden hair." The aloof Robert fails in love with Catherine, but she first chooses "passionate" Juan. Robert ends up her second pick. The trio finally find the tribe but Catherine accidently leads to the death of the chief's son. She is to be sacrificed. At the end of this film the three battle the odds against the whole tribe.
Some good exterior scenes of plateaus and jungle landscape. The rest of the film suffers from the rather dullness of Robert. Even the love triangle theme fails to impact this film.