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Tanganyika (1954)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 3 July 1954 (USA)
In Kenya, in 1903, when escaped murderer Abel McCracken instigates the Nukumbi tribe to raid white settlements, colonist John Gale organizes a human hunt to capture McCracken.

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André De Toth (as Andre deToth)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Van Heflin ... John Gale
Ruth Roman ... Peggy Marion
Howard Duff ... Dan Harder McCracken
Jeff Morrow ... Abel McCracken
Joe Comadore Joe Comadore ... Andolo
Noreen Corcoran ... Sally Marion
Gregory Marshall Gregory Marshall ... Andy Marion
Naaman Brown Naaman Brown ... Mukumbi Prisoner
Edward C. Short Edward C. Short ... Head Porter
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Storyline

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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Land of the hunter ... and the hunted!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tanganica See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,300,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1903. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Peggy Marion: It's so hot.
John Gale: There's open country up ahead. We may get a little breeze.
Peggy Marion: How about a nice Canadian blizzard?.
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Referenced in The Dangerous (1995) See more »

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FUNERAL CHANT
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Written by Jester Hairston
Performed by Chorus
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They all must have been Canadians
25 June 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

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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