This movie is based on a true story as written in A.P. Scotland's autobiography "The London Cage". The plot has greatly exaggerated the actual events of A.P. Scotland's experiences, including the addition of a fictional love interest.
Sophie loved Edmund, but he left town when her parents forced her to marry wealthy Octavius. Years later, Edmund returns with his son, William. Sophie's daughter, Marguerite, and William ... See full summary »
In 1903 Kenya, tough colonist John Gale is leading a safari to bring in escaped murderer Abel McCracken, who is stirring up the Nukumbi tribe and endangering Gale's holdings. En route, he picks up four survivors of Nukumbi raids: hunter Dan Harder, former teacher Peggy, and two kids. But Dan has hidden motives for coming along; and the Nukumbi are lying in wait.Written by
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When the baby elephant is separated from its mother, at least three different sources were used. The tusks and backgrounds are different in each view, and the one post-shot has no tusks at all, See more »
Very few Americans were in Kenya Colony in East Africa in 1903. So in casting the film Tanganyika Universal Studios cast not one of the major white roles in the film with anyone from the United Kingdom. It used to be that to explain an American presence and accent to say that they were Canadian. In fact Ruth Roman is mentioned as having taught school in Toronto. So I guess all the others Van Heflin, Howard Duff, and Jeff Morrow must have been Canadian too.
In a plot that could have been from an American western, colonist Van Heflin is leading a safari that is an unofficial posse going after Jeff Morrow an escaped murderer who's been stirring up the natives though we never really learn why. On the way he meets up with Ruth Roman who is fending off an attack and she comes along with her young niece and nephew Noreen Corocoran and Gregory Marshall. Heflin also finds Howard Duff along the trail with a spear in him. Another rescue and some mending by Duff and there all on the trail of Morrow. Both Duff and Roman just want to get to some city like Nairobi but Heflin won't deviate from his objective.
Just your average western set in Africa. One thing that intrigued me though. No mention is made of African location shooting. So if that was the case it was a remarkable job by Universal making it seem really in Africa.
Fans of the principal cast members will like Tanganyika.
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