The White Orchid (November, 1954)
Released in November, 1954: (running time 1 hour and 18 minutes) An archeologist and golden haired photographer are guided into the unexplored jungles of Southern Mexico by the owner of a vanilla plantation.
Produced by Reginald Le Borg
Directed by Reginald Le Borg
Written by David Duncan and Reginald Le Borg
The Actors: William Lundigan (Robert Burton), Peggie Castle (Kathryn Williams), Armando Silvestre (Juan Cervantes ), Rosenda Monteros (Lupita), Jorge Trevino (Arturo), Alejandro de Montenegro (Miguel), Miguel A. Gallardo (Pedro), Ramon S. Fernandez (Baytab), Ballet Moderno de Mexico (native dancers)
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The Golden Haired Ashtobi, or The Blonde Temptress of Death
Urban legend has it that in 1947 a young, sultry, blonde-haired, green-eyed girl was enjoying a shrimp cocktail in a seafood bar at the Los Angeles Farmer’s Market. The Hollywood talent agent walking past introduced himself, and soon Peggie Castle was preparing for her first motion picture. Peggie Castle had a natural talent for being the other woman, or the bad girl on screen, and after four marriages and many more boyfriends, maybe her life imitated her art.
In January 1954 while promoting a movie, Peggie Castle famously said, “Let’s face it. Nobody likes nice women on the screen. Nice women are dull.”
In April 1954, Peggie Castle is divorced from director Robert Rains on grounds of cruelty because he told her that her style of acting went out with Mary Pickford.
In May 1954, she was in Papantia, Mexico, home of the Totonac Indians, filming this jungle adventure.
Peggie Castle is Kathryn Williams in this adventure, a magazine photographer on assignment with a famous archeologist searching for a lost city in the remote jungles of Mexico. William Lundigan is the archeologist, and Armando Silvestre is the vanilla plantation owner who will guide them into the jungles.
Before the blonde and her two men enter the jungle, we learn the curse of the white orchid. Legend has it that a beautiful blonde temptress, wearing a white orchid in her hair, will entice a man to follow her into the jungle. She will remain just out of his reach, leading him deeper and deeper into the jungle, until he is lost. Then she will destroy him.
For some men, the love of a woman is the beginning, for some men, it is the end. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Peggie Castle, Armando Silvestre
Peggie Castle, William Lundigan
Alejandro de Montenegro and Miguel A. Gallardo
Armando Silvestre and Peggie Castle
Jorge Trevino, William Lundigan
Peggie Castle, Armando Silvestre, and an iguana
Peggie Castle, Jorge Trevino
Peggie castle, William Lundigan
Peggie Castle, William Lundigan, Jorge Treviño
Peggie Castle with her camera
Rosenda Manteros, Armando Silvestre
William Lundigan, Armando Silvestre
William Lundigan, Peggie Castle