Death Drums along the River

Death Drums along the River

Lawrence Huntington (1963)

U Certificate


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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.


A British inspector is called to Africa to investigate the murder of a fellow policeman and uncovers a diamond-smuggling operation seemingly connected to an upriver hospital. Mystery, based on Edgar Wallace's novel Sanders on the River, starring Richard Todd, Marianne Koch, Albert Lieven and Walter Rilla.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Lawrence Huntington
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Planet FilmsAvailable on: video and DVD