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Killers of Kilimanjaro (1959)

In the 19th century,during the German colonial rule,railway engineer Robert Adamson arrives in the Kilimanjaro Region to finish building a railroad through hostile territory.

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Sexton
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At the end of the 19th century,during the German colonial rule,railway engineer Robert Adamson is sent to the Kilimanjaro Region to find out why the railroad construction works have stalled.On the ship taking him to Africa he meets a young East African boy,Pasha, returning home to Africa from his school in the UK.Adamson also meets a young woman,Jane Carlton,traveling to East Africa to find her missing father who was one of the railroad engineers. Adamson strikes a strong friendship with both.He promises to the young native boy a ride on the train once the railroad is completed and also promises to the young lady to help her find her missing father.Once he arrives in Africa, Adamson finds out that a competing German railroad company will cause him trouble and prevent him from finishing his railroad.He also finds out that his planned route for the new railroad is passing through some very unfriendly and dangerous native tribal areas.On top of everything he still has to help Miss Jane ... Written by nufs68

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This was originally intended to be an Alan Ladd starring vehicle. See more »

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In one scene in the village, the native men are dancing. The close shots show Pasha happily bobbing to the music, but the far shots show him motionless. See more »

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Great to look at, not much excitement
4 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really wanted to like "Killers of Kilimanjaro." It has a lot going for it: beautiful African locations; adorable baby animals; photography in Cinemascope; exotic people; a suitably tense soundtrack—and Robert Taylor. There is some humor, some action and a woefully underplayed romance.

The main culprit is the script, which passed through the hands of a number of writers, ending up a monotone muddle. Taylor and Anthony Newly labor manfully but even their combined efforts can't salvage the poor writing.

Another problem is Anne Aubrey. I haven't seen her in anything else so her work here may not be typical. Aubrey is terminally bland. Her features are not interesting nor is she photographed well. Her emotions are so limited that when she learns her fiancé's sad fate she shrugs her shoulders and moves on. There are no sparks between her and Taylor.

Nor is Taylor at his best, although he is very effective in the spear throwing scene. He looks hot and tired and his left eye seems to droop. At 48 he is still slim and graceful although obviously too old for the blandly pretty 22 year old Aubrey. Someone like Eleanor Parker would have made the role come alive, but Aubrey can't.

Just for the visuals, "Killers of Kilimanjaro" is worth a look. Also, the depiction of Arab slave traders and a young boy whose Western inspired awakening to the evils of his family's trade couldn't be done in today's PC world. The conflict between English and German companies in Africa foreshadows the conflicts of the twentieth century.

With a better script and more vigorous direction by Richard Thorpe, "Killers of Kilimanjaro" could have been very entertaining. As it is, Robert Taylor judged it a failure and, reluctantly, I must agree.


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