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Something of Value -- Peter McKenzie and native boy Kimani are raised as brothers in the British colony of Kenya. But cruelty and intolerance drive them apart.


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Richard Brooks (screen play)
Robert C. Ruark (based on the book: "Something of Value" by)
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Release Date:
June 1957 (USA) See more »
Even though Peter and Kimani grow up together, Kimani soon finds that different races are treated differently... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rock Hudson ... Henry's Son - Peter

Dana Wynter ... Peter's Betrothed - Holly

Wendy Hiller ... Henry's Daughter - Elizabeth
Juano Hernandez ... Njogu - Oath Giver

William Marshall ... Leader - Intellectual in Suit

Robert Beatty ... Elizabeth's Husband - Jeff Newton
Walter Fitzgerald ... A White Settler - Henry McKenzie

Michael Pate ... A Farmer - Joe Matson

Ivan Dixon ... Lathela - Loyal Gun-Bearer
Ken Renard ... Karanja - Father of Kimani
Samadu Jackson ... Witch Doctor
Frederick O'Neal ... Adam Marenga - Mau-Mau Leader

Sidney Poitier ... Kimani Wa Karanja
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Akar ... Waithaka (uncredited)
John Alderson ... Policeman (uncredited)
Myrtle Anderson ... Mwange Wife (uncredited)
Robert Anderson ... Mr. Barker - the Client (uncredited)
Barry Bernard ... Superintendent (uncredited)
Wesley Bly ... Night Clerk (uncredited)
Naaman Brown ... Hand Clerk (uncredited)

Angela Cartwright ... Caroline (uncredited)
Carl Christian ... Cook (uncredited)

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ... Crown Consul (uncredited)
John Dodsworth ... Doctor (uncredited)
Barbara Foley ... Wanju - Wife of Kimani (uncredited)
Wilton Graff ... Captain Hillary (uncredited)
Kim Hamilton ... Kipi's Wife (uncredited)
Darby Jones ... Wine Steward (uncredited)
Ike Jones ... Askari (Policeman) (uncredited)
Charles Keane ... Ranger (uncredited)
Bruce Lester ... Physician - McKenzie Massacre (uncredited)
Jack Lynn ... Doctor (uncredited)
Anna Mabry ... Midwife (uncredited)
Lester Matthews ... Game Warden (uncredited)

Juanita Moore ... Tribal Woman (uncredited)
Tommie Moore ... Tribal Woman (uncredited)
Barbara Morrison ... Nurse (uncredited)
Paulene Myers ... Kikuyu Woman (uncredited)
Ottola Nesmith ... Nurse - Nairobi Hospital (uncredited)
Duncan Richardson ... Jeff Newton Jr. (uncredited)
Morgan Roberts ... Chief Hinga (uncredited)
Garry Stafford ... Little Henry (uncredited)
Madame Sul-Te-Wan ... Midwife (uncredited)
Paul Thompson ... Kipi (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Brooks 
Writing credits
Richard Brooks (screen play)

Robert C. Ruark (based on the book: "Something of Value" by)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster (film editor)
Art Direction by
Edward C. Carfagno  (as Edward Carfagno)
William A. Horning 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton (set decorations) (as Robert Benton)
Henry Grace (set decorations)
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
Production Management
Al Shenberg .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joel Freeman .... assistant director
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Rose .... wardrobe
Music Department
Jeff Alexander .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
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Also Known As:
"Africa Ablaze" - USA (reissue title)
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113 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Perspecta Sound) (Westrex Recording System)
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #18349) | West Germany:16
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Some shots were filmed in the Nairobi National Park. The film crew were met at the game park entrance and were told they could not bring in their own trees, hay and lucerne. The park warden said that thorn trees were a permanent feature and that the crew could get close enough to the animals to film them without having to feed them first.See more »
Leader - Intellectual in Suit:We are beggars and slaves in our own land. The British allow us in their homes and hotels, yes. But how? As servants! We are millions, they are a handful. We are strong, they are weak. How then are they the masters and we the slaves? Is it white magic? Is it God's will? No. They have the guns. We too shall have guns. Are we ready for this? The whole colored world burns with the fever of revolt... with the fire for freedom. Do any of you have any questions? Is there a doubt in your hearts? What troubles you?...
[points at Kimani]
Njogu - Oath Giver:Kimani. His name is Kimani wa Karanja. For five years, he has been in the mountain with us. He is ready for leadership. He is very strong and loyal.
Leader - Intellectual in Suit:Strong men have betrayed us before. You have a question Kimani?
Kimani Wa Karanja:Yes sir. This talk of guns. Is this the only way we can get freedom? By spilling blood?
Leader - Intellectual in Suit:Yes! We will never drive the British out with words. And not with doubts and not with friendship. It can only be done with guns.
Kimani Wa Karanja:The white man did not take this land with guns. He bought this land. This is truth. And I must follow where the truth leads me.
Leader - Intellectual in Suit:You were educated in white missionary schools?
Kimani Wa Karanja:Yes, sir.
Leader - Intellectual in Suit:Long, long ago, to whom did the land belong?
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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A great book let down by a film, 17 December 2006
Author: hogan-pj from United Kingdom

The film is of average Hollywood standard for the day (and I am a Hollywood fan)which is to say; quite good. To do Robert Ruark's novel justice would require about six hours, which I agree is impractical, but 3hr epic length (rare at that time)would have helped. The levels of violence , now commonplace on screen, could not then be screened.

I try to keep my comments on this database, which is about (or should be)the art/science/entertainment of the cinema, apolitical. It is, however, perhaps relevant to suggest that the novel and film of 'Some thing of Value' be considered in the light of Ruark's 1962 novel 'Uhuru' which revisits basically the same characters (the names change)after Kenyan independence. The events may not have applied so fully in Kenya but looked at as a prophecy of the tragedy that has happened and continues to happen in independent Zimbabwe it was remarkably prophetic.

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