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Death Drums along the River

  • Mystery
  • Drama
  • 1963
  • Lawrence Huntington
  • 79 mins
  • PG

Summary

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

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Inspector Harry SandersRichard Todd
Dr Inge JungMarianne Koch
MarleneVivi Bach
Dr SchneiderWalter Rilla
HamiltonJeremy Lloyd
HunterRobert Arden
PearsonBill Brewer
Dr WeissAlbert Lieven

Crew

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DirectorLawrence Huntington

Details

Theatrical distributor
Planet Films
Released on
1966-03-27
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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