In Kenya, in 1903, when escaped murderer Abel McCracken instigates the Nukumbi tribe to raid white settlements, colonist John Gale organizes a human hunt to capture McCracken.


(as Andre deToth)
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Complete credited cast:
John Gale
Peggy Marion
Dan Harder McCracken
Abel McCracken
Joe Comadore ...
Sally Marion
Gregory Marshall ...
Andy Marion
Naaman Brown ...
Mukumbi Prisoner
Edward C. Short ...
Head Porter


In 1903 Kenya, tough colonist John Gale is leading a safari to bring in escaped murderer Abel McCracken, who is stirring up the Nukumbi tribe and endangering Gale's holdings. En route, he picks up four survivors of Nukumbi raids: hunter Dan Harder, former teacher Peggy, and two kids. But Dan has hidden motives for coming along; and the Nukumbi are lying in wait. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Land of the hunter ... and the hunted!


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Release Date:

3 July 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tanganica  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



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2.00 : 1
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Abel McCracken: Dan, why did you come?
Dan Harder McCracken: To prove the things they said about my brother weren't true.
Abel McCracken: [Listening to the natives dancing] They have a dance for everything. Birds... death... sickness. That's how they solve their problems. What about us, Dan. Dance is not going to help us much, is it?
Dan Harder McCracken: Come on back with me, Abe.
Abel McCracken: Come back?
Dan Harder McCracken: Listen to me, Abe. I've saved a little money. We can hire a lawyer, doctors. We can plead insanity.
Abel McCracken: Insanity? Insanity, is it?
[Grabs a rifle]
Abel McCracken: Do you see these? These guns? So long ...
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Written by Jester Hairston
Performed by Chorus
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TANGANYIKA (Andre' De Toth, 1954) **1/2
24 January 2010 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

An obscure jungle adventure that, while efficiently handled and good-looking enough to sustain interest throughout its trim running time, is let-down somewhat by a cliché-ridden script and lack of memorable incident. A second team cast – Van Heflin, Ruth Roman, Howard Duff and Jeff Morrow – does its best to liven up things in this story that seems partially inspired by Joseph Conrad's "Heart Of Darkness" – long after Orson Welles first abandoned his intention to film it and even longer before Francis Coppola made it his own in APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)! In fact, would-be lumber tycoon Heflin makes it his personal mission to rid the titular region of the nefarious Morrow who, taking it on the lam into the wild to beat a murder rap, eventually becomes the leader of a dreaded and bloodthirsty tribe of Africans that, among other things, are interfering with the smooth running of Heflin's operations. Along the way, the latter saves the lives of Duff (who is concealing a secret), Roman and her little charges and, true to formula, after the initial period of resentment, gets to befriend the first, fall in love with the second and risk his life to save the third when they go running after their runaway mule in the wild animal-infested jungle! The highlight of the film is the ingeniously explosive climax that is typically well-staged by seasoned action director De Toth.

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