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Savage Drums (1951)

Passed  -  Adventure | Drama | Fantasy  -  22 June 1951 (USA)
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There is this little small-island kingdom located off the South China coast and the United States offers a pact of economic aid and military assistance if needed. But there is this Asiatic ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Tipo Tairu
Lita Baron ...
Jimmy Cuso
Steven Geray ...
Tex Channing (as Bob Easton)
Francis Pierlot ...
Paul Marion ...
Rata Tairu
Ray Kinney ...
John Mansfield ...
Tuana 'John' Tairu
Edward Clark ...
Tabuana, older chief on council


There is this little small-island kingdom located off the South China coast and the United States offers a pact of economic aid and military assistance if needed. But there is this Asiatic Communist nation/power---not identified but the name starts with 'C'--- that does not want this treaty to be signed, for whatever reason those Commie-nations have for doing whatever it is they are doing, and they have a plan going to thwart the treaty. Then the island King-inheritor, Sabu, playing a tic-tac-toe role name, comes home. Sabu does this at a large sacrifice, as he had to give up his promising career as a world-class prizefighter in the United States. But he has little choice as his brother, the prior King, had been murdered and if there was anything kingdoms were big on, it was keeping the royal crown in the hands of one family. Sabu, after accepting accolades from the citizens, snoops around and discovers that his cousin, who has reigned for a brief period between the murder of the ... Written by Les Adams <>

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22 June 1951 (USA)  »

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Trommeln der Wildnis  »

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Cold War stinker should have never thawed out.
18 November 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Talk about different career paths, brothers John Mansfield and Sabu take about as different careers as you can get. Mansfield is the king of his small Asian island nation located off the coast of Indo-China (dare you to find it on a map) and he's in America visiting his brother. Sabu has moved there and joined the Marines and saw war service. Now he's a contender for the lightweight championship and he's being managed by Sid Melton and with corner man Robert Easton.

When the king is assassinated at the boxing arena by the Red Chinese, Sabu gives up his boxing career to become king and push for a treaty with the USA. But the Communists with their man on the scene Steven Geray don't want that. With their own fifth columnist ready to rule, the Chinese invade. But the king with that Marine training leads a counter revolution and saves his island nation from Red domination.

It's a Lippert Picture folks so never expect too much from them. Savage Drums was really a Cold War stinker. Don't thaw this one out from the deep freeze. Even Sabu's friends and fans should be embarrassed.

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