This 1959 film noir take on "Othello," filmed in Puerto Rico, stars Mari Blanchard as flirtatious Jean, who marries an older man, plantation owner Don Luis (Albert Dekker), for financial security and finds herself falling for his virile foster son, Carlos (Carlos Rivas). Fearing that Jean will inherit Luis's money, his greedy cousin, Miguel (Lee Van Cleef), poisons the bridegroom against his new wife, informing him about her passion for another.

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  1. Kurt Neumann


Top Billed Cast

  1. Mari Blanchard

    Mari Blanchard

    Jean Montoya

  2. RC

    Ruth Cains


  3. Albert Dekker

    Albert Dekker

    Don Luis Montoya

  4. Juano Hernández

    Juano Hernández


  5. Carlos Rivas

    Carlos Rivas


  6. Lee Van Cleef

    Lee Van Cleef


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 15m

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  • December 1, 1958



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

The Plantation of Passions, Pilfering and Poison.

Machete is directed by Kurt Neumann and Neumann co-wrote the screenplay with Carroll Young. It stars Mari Blanchard, Albert Dekker, Carlos Rivas, Lee Van Cleef, Ruth Cains and Juano Hernandez. Music is by Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter and cinematography is by Karl Struss.

Set at and filmed in Aguirre, Puerto Rico, Machete is a sort of jungle noir mixed with melodramatic oddities. Plot essentially has Blanchard sticking her chest out and marrying Dekker's plantation owner purely for financial security. Upon arriving at said plantation, sh... read the rest.

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