The White Orchid

The White Orchid is a 1954 American adventure film directed by Reginald Le Borg and written by Reginald Le Borg and David Duncan. The film stars William Lundigan, Peggie Castle, Armando Silvestre, Rosenda Monteros and Jorge Treviño. The film was released in November 1954, by United Artists.[1][2]

The White Orchid
Theatrical release poster
Directed byReginald Le Borg
Produced byReginald Le Borg
Screenplay byReginald Le Borg
David Duncan
Story byReginald Le Borg
David Duncan
StarringWilliam Lundigan
Peggie Castle
Armando Silvestre
Rosenda Monteros
Jorge Treviño
Music byAntonio Díaz Conde
CinematographyEnrique Wallace
Gilbert Warrenton
Edited byJosé W. Bustos
Cosmos Productions
Producciones Eduardo Quevedo S.A.
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • November 1954 (1954-11)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States


A reporter, Robert Burton, hears tell of a primitive, hidden Mexico civilization where little has changed in hundreds of years. He is given an assignment to find it, but disappointed that the editor is also sending Kathryn Williams, a photographer. Robert fears it will be too dangerous an expedition for a woman.

Together they go to a fiesta, where they seek out bean plantation owner Juan Cervantes for his knowledge of the forbidden city. He declines to help, not wishing to offend the natives there, but is smitten with Kathryn and invites her to the plantation. Kathryn lies to Robert, telling him Juan has agreed to guide them to the hidden civilization.

Lupita, the sweetheart of Juan, is jealous of his obvious interest in the photographer. She warns Juan that the woman will be the death of him. Juan nevertheless is talked into taking Kathryn and Robert where they wish to go. He demands that no weapon be taken, but Robert conceals a small gun and uses it to shoot a wild animal about to attack Kathryn.

The natives ultimately take the three intruders to the hidden village at spear point. Kathryn is to become a human sacrifice atop a great pyramid. Robert and Juan free themselves from their bonds and flee with Kathryn, and in the end, to distract the natives, Juan shoots off a gun, revealing his whereabouts. He sacrifices his own life so that the others can escape.



  1. "The White Orchid (1954) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  2. "The White Orchid". TV Guide. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
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