Plunder of the Sun

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First edition (publ. Random House)
Plunder of the Sun
Plunder of the Sun2-Diana Lynn&Glenn Ford.JPG
Diana Lynn and Glenn Ford in the film
Directed by John Farrow
Produced by Robert Fellows
John Wayne (uncredited)
Written by David F. Dodge (novel)
Jonathan Latimer
Starring Glenn Ford
Diana Lynn
Patricia Medina
Francis L. Sullivan
Edited by Harry Marker
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • August 26, 1953 (1953-08-26)
Running time
81 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1 million (US)[1]

Plunder of the Sun is a 1949 novel by David F. Dodge about a hunt for ancient Peruvian treasure. It was made into a 1953 Film Noir movie of the same name starring Glenn Ford with the location changed to Mexico.


The adventurer Al Colby is persuaded by Anna Luz and her antiquities collector husband, Thomas Berrien, to help them smuggle a parcel back into Mexico where its true value can be ascertained.

Warned that a man named Jefferson traveling on the same freighter might try to steal it, Colby ultimately forms a partnership with Jefferson following the fatal heart attack of Berrien aboard ship. Jefferson betrays and shoots him, but Colby saves himself and the rare documents in time. They will be returned to a museum while he and Anna can enjoy a $25,000 reward.

Hard Case Crime[edit]

Al Colby should never have agreed to smuggle the package from Chile to Peru. Now one man’s dead, two beautiful women have betrayed him, and a couple of gunmen are hot on his trail. All because of an ancient Quechua manuscript pointing to the hiding place of a priceless hoard of gold, lost for centuries. Now the race is on — by train, by plane, by motorboat and by mule — first to find the treasure and then to escape with it alive... [1]





  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954

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