Machete (1958 film)

Machete is a 1958 American drama film directed by Kurt Neumann and written by Kurt Neumann and Carroll Young. The film stars Mari Blanchard, Ruth Cains, Albert Dekker, Juano Hernandez, Carlos Rivas and Lee Van Cleef. The film was released in December 1958, by United Artists.[1][2]

Theatrical release poster
Directed byKurt Neumann
Produced byKurt Neumann
Written byKurt Neumann
Carroll Young
StarringMari Blanchard
Ruth Cains
Albert Dekker
Juano Hernandez
Carlos Rivas
Lee Van Cleef
Music byPaul Sawtell
Bert Shefter
CinematographyKarl Struss
Edited byJodie Copelan
J. Harold Odell Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • December 1958 (1958-12)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States


Sugar plantation owner Don Luis Montoya gets married in New York and brings his bride Jean back to Puerto Rico, unaware that she wed him only for his money. Friends at their San Juan honeymoon hotel recognize her as a notorious party girl, so Jean urges her husband to take her home right away, before the marriage has even been consummated.

At the plantation, Jean's arrival is met with mistrust by Luis' longtime protege, Carlos, and by his cousin, Miguel, who help run the business. A drunken Miguel insults her and is slapped by Carlos. In vengeance, he attacks Carlos later with a machete.

Luis orders him to leave, but Miguel sabotages the cane-cutting machinery and is asked back by Luis to repair it. Jean, meantime, has fallen in love with Carlos, which results in Miguel planting seeds of suspicion with Luis against them. Catching the two in a compromising position, Luis chastises Carlos and later takes his new wife forcibly.

Miguel sets fire to the sugar field. Luis, believing that Jean is running off with Carlos, comes after them with his machete and is about to die in the blaze when Carlos comes to rescue him. Miguel is killed with the machete, and Jean dies during the ordeal as well.



  1. "Machete (1958) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  2. "Machete". TV Guide. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
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