Death Drums along the River

  • PG
  • Lawrence Huntington (1963)
  • UK
  • 79 min
Death Drums along the River
Film Review
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2 out of 5

British director Lawrence Huntington fetched up in South Africa in the days when it wasn't politically correct to do so and delivered this strangely appealing update of the hoary old Edgar Wallace imperialist saga Sanders of the River. Memorably filmed in 1935 with Leslie Banks, here the star is Richard Todd, attempting to resuscitate his career by playing the police inspector. Produced by Harry Alan Towers, this Techniscoped would-be epic was, somewhat surprisingly, co-scripted by Nicolas Roeg a decade before he directed his masterpiece Don't Look Now. Even more surprisingly, it was followed by a sequel, Coast of Skeletons, again starring Todd, by then a long way from his heroic roles as Guy Gibson in The Dam Busters and Sir Walter Raleigh in The Virgin Queen.

Plot Summary

Crime mystery starring Richard Todd. While investigating a policeman's murder in Africa, Inspector Sanders comes across a diamond-smuggling racket.

Cast and crew

Cast

Inspector Harry Sanders
Richard Todd
Dr Inge Jung
Marianne Koch
Marlene
Vivi Bach
Dr Schneider
Walter Rilla
Hamilton
Jeremy Lloyd
Hunter
Robert Arden
Pearson
Bill Brewer
Dr Weiss
Albert Lieven

Crew

Director
Lawrence Huntington

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Planet Films
Available on video
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama