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The Stranglers of Bombay (1959)

In the 1830s a captain in the East India Company lobbies to investigate the criminal Thugee Cult of Kali, an organized crime group of stranglers and thieves.

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Captain Harry Lewis
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Capt. Christopher Connaught-Smith
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Patel Shari
Jan Holden ...
Mary Lewis
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Lt. Silver
Tutte Lemkow ...
Ram Das
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A murderous religious cult is way-laying travellers and stealing goods in nineteenth century India. As the disappearances mount and trade becomes difficult, the British East India Company is forced to act. But they give the job to an upper-class officer completely out-of-touch with the country rather than the obvious candidate who has been in India for years and well understands the people and culture. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Murder Cult Terror In Exotic Asia See more »


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Die Würger von Bombay  »

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Guy Rolfe's Captain Henry Lewis is partially based on William Henry Sleeman, who declared war on the Thugees in 1835 and with the hanging of thousands of its leaders and members was able to eradicate it by the 1870s. See more »

Goofs

The pistol used in several scenes by Captain Lewis and Captain Connaught-Smith was a revolver. The time frame for this film was set in the 1820's. The revolver wouldn't be invented and patented until 1836? See more »

Quotes

Capt. Christopher Connaught-Smith: [Interrogating witness through translator] Now tell him that no one can live anywhere for 40 years without seeing a great deal. What has he seen?
[the translator confers with the witness]
Capt. Christopher Connaught-Smith: [Impatiently] Well?
Translator: He says he has seen 40 harvests and 160 changes of season.
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Referenced in Doctor Who: The Curse of the Cybermen's Tomb (2012) See more »

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Tense and gripping 60's flick
4 August 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Great directing enhance this tense film about a religious cult who go around murdering and stealing just for the sheer pleasure of it. Even for our times it is still an interesting and gripping horror film. Guy Rolfe (as tall as ever) did a remarkable job of the dedicated soldier who no one will listen too. Lots of fun.


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