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Director:
Writers:
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 »
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Plot:
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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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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(6 articles)
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A great book let down by a film See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (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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Runtime:
113 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Perspecta Sound) (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #18349)
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Although shooting animals and getting out of the vehicle were forbidden in the Nairobi National Park, Rock Hudson was allowed out of the Land Rover to aim his gun at a zebra. The actual shooting of a zebra was filmed by the second unit in the Nanyuki area about 100 miles away.See more »
Quotes:
Kimani Wa Karanja:I told you. He will not help you.
Karanja - Father of Kimani:Our Mathanjuki will purify you. he will drive the curse from your body... and I will be free.
Kimani Wa Karanja:No!
Karanja - Father of Kimani:You do not believe in god?
Kimani Wa Karanja:Yes, yes! But I do not believe in our witchcraft and black magic.
Karanja - Father of Kimani:When Bwana Jeff struck you...
Kimani Wa Karanja:He struck a black man to prove that the white man is master, nothing else! You are not in jail because of a curse... but only because we are judged by their laws! And that is the truth. And I must follow where then truth leads me.
Karanja - Father of Kimani:And where does it lead you?
Kimani Wa Karanja:To strike back! We're men, not animals.
Karanja - Father of Kimani:You have much to look forward to my son. You will become headman as I was.
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992)See more »

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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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