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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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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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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 »

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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. 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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The Thuggee Cult.
20 November 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Terence Fisher directed this historically based adventure that stars Guy Rolfe as a captain in 1830's India trying to fight a dangerous cult of murderers and thieves known as the thuggee. Their high priest(played by George Pastell) hates foreigners and wants to drive them out. The captain tries to warn the East India company of the danger, but they refuse to listen. Instead, an inexperienced young officer is sent to clear the matter up, but he is in way over his head, and events threaten to escalate out of control, quite murderously... Lurid melodrama turns a potentially intriguing look at a forgotten part of colonial history into a potboiler. Not bad really, but falls short.


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