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The Stranglers of Bombay (1959)

 -  Action | Adventure | History  -  May 1960 (USA)
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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
Allan Cuthbertson ...
Capt. Christopher Connaught-Smith
Andrew Cruickshank ...
Colonel Henderson
George Pastell ...
High Priest of Kali
Marne Maitland ...
Patel Shari
Jan Holden ...
Mary Lewis
Paul Stassino ...
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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india | cult | kali | thuggee | disappearance | See more »

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All scenes shot in the marketplace/village were shot at Bray Studios on the revamped set that was constructed for Horror of Dracula (1958). Once this film ("Stranglers") was completed in 1959, the set was completely torn down. The sequences where 'Guy Rolfe''s character goes to meet Allan Cuthbertson's character, the capture of two of the thuggees in the process, and the caravan sequences were shot at the sand and gravel quarry in Gerrard's Cross, Buckinghamshire (England). The tiger hunt and the scene where Rolfe's character finds more grave sites was filmed at the Callow Hill Sandpits in Virginia Water, Egham in Surrey. See more »

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When Captain Lewis is tied to the ground, a reflection is visible between him and the cobra, revealing that a pane of glass separates them. See more »

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Capt. Harry Lewis: [to Mary] This is some kind of organized conspiracy. I know it, and I'll find it out!
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Among the best of the Hammer films
11 October 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

THE STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY is included on a DVD of another Hammer film, THE TERROR OF THE TONGS. Both films are very similar, though STRANGLERS is definitely the better of the two despite the absence of big name actors. This is because the film did a great job of making the sets look like India and using actors that might be Indian--whereas in TERROR, English actors almost exclusively played Chinese parts (making the film look really cheesy).

Amazingly, THE STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY is based on a true story, though I am pretty sure the names and a few details were fictionalized. In the nineteenth century, a bizarre cult dedicated to Kali (the goddess of death and destruction) was ultimately destroyed by the British in India. This cult not only adored Kali, but was dedicated to murder and robbery--and it was apparently a pretty serious threat.

The film gets very high marks for its script and direction. The film is exciting, well-paced and engaging. Despite having little of the cache of many other Hammer films (no Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing) and being in black and white, it's as solid and exciting a drama as you can find from this studio.


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