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 ... See full summary »
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
Mariette Hartley deserved better than to be cast in this mistake of a movie which supposedly takes place in 1883. Frankie Avalon is groomed like a 1960s guy, talks like a 1960s guy ("Terrific!") and likewise deserved better. Torin Thatcher does a nice performance however, he was quite the trouper, and is very believable. Lloyd Bochner is right about where he belonged in this type of movie, but the entire leading and supporting cast members all seem to be embarrassed by what they know will be a terrible movie. The cuts to wildlife action are really poor, totally unrealistic and embarrassingly obviously faked. At the end of the opening credits, where the date of production appears in Roman numerals, they even got that wrong MCMXLIII which means 1943 it should have been MCMLXIII for 1963. I half-expected Frankie to all of a sudden appear driving a 1962 Thunderbird through the bush.
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