Cinema: El Indio

Mexico's movie industry, buoyed up by its success in Latin America, was all set to invade the big U.S. market. John Steinbeck's La Perla (The Pearl), in English and Spanish versions, was shot and cut. RKO would soon distribute it throughout the hemisphere.

Spectacularly filmed in the brilliant light of Mexico's West Coast, La Perla is the simple story of a fisherman who finds a tremendous pearl, is beset by sharpers and thieves who would do him out of it, and, discovering that the pearl brings him no happiness, hurls it into the ocean....

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