The prolific South American filmmaker Manuel Romero was both writer and director of El Tesoro de la Isla Maciel (Treasure of Maciel Island). Adapted from a popular stage play, the plot concerns a pensioned sea captain who has been bored out of his gourd ever since his retirement. The old boy's sons hope to snap him out of his ennui by getting him involved in a phony treasure hunt, leading to an arduous journey towards the Rio de la Plata islands in Argentina. Little do the captain and his offspring know that they've been sitting on a valuable oil well in their own backyard! A romantic subplot only slightly slows down the film's farcical convolutions.
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