David Moore is in East Africa to get to his employer's railway construction site. He's accompanied by the owner's son Brian and they've lined up Jack Cuortemayn, reputedly the best guide ...
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David Moore is in East Africa to get to his employer's railway construction site. He's accompanied by the owner's son Brian and they've lined up Jack Cuortemayn, reputedly the best guide available, to take them there. Cuortemayn refuses as he doesn't care for the impact the railroad will have on the local inhabitants. While Moore tries to make other arrangements, he meets Ruth Knight who has lived there for many years working with her father in a medical clinic. There will be adventures along the way but when Ruth is captured by slave traders, its up to the others to rescue her. Written by
Although "Drums of Africa" was bankrolled by a major Hollywood studio (Metro Goldwyn Mayer), it seems that the studio executives decided for this particular production to cut costs where possible. This can be seen with the "outdoor" scenes obviously filmed on indoor stages, outdoor locations that look suspiciously like southern California, but most of all with the use of stock footage - a TON of stock footage. In fact, I suspect that the screenwriter was shown this stock footage before starting on his typewriter and was told, "Write a story that uses all of this stock footage." It would explain why there is barely a plot on display. Most of the movie consists of the characters wandering around the jungle and African plains with little to nothing of consequence happening. In the end, this is far from Frankie's finest hour... that is, if he ever had a fine hour.
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