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Hearing of a native uprising at the African Copper Mines at Karanga, manager Edmund Daniels and American counsel Jeff Worthing catch an arms-and-ammunition bearing train. Other passengers include Paul Stacco, a sort of native white god expected to settle the rebellion peacefully; Daniels's secretary David Wallace; Dr. Greenleaf and his nurse Julia Garrett; Steve Harley, a young American adventurer; Manek Sen, a mysterious Eurasian; and Slats Breese, an American fight trainer. Daniels is murdered on the train and an investigation reveals that Dr. Greenleaf's real name is one notorious in medical circles, and that Manek Sen is set on killing Hawley to get the latter's treasure maps. Daniel's papers are found in Stacco's possession. Julia is wounded when the natives, under Stacco's orders, attack the train. Later, Jeff exposes Wallace as Daniels' killer, as Daniels had discovered he had been stealing from the mine. Written by
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Well, I won't add anything to the plot described above in the tag line.
I just saw this pretty well done Universal movie shot in 1940. As usual in Universal adventure and westerns film from these years, there is plenty of action and a little humor. Fast paced, you can see at the first watch it's not a MGM feature or a Paramount neither. MGM, for instance, are famous for their length or heaviness, and sometimes for the boredom they may give to the audience. Especially in adventure films. But I won't spit on the Lion's Company, although.
SOUTH TO KARANGA is no Jack Cardiff's masterpiece THE MERCENARIES, the story of a train crossing a hot Africa country side infested of savage hostile tribes. But it's a real entertaining movie from the 40's, as we can expect from Universal studios.
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