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Campbell's Kingdom (1957)

Englishman Bruce Campbell (Dirk Bogarde) takes possession of his grandfather's Canadian land, but he faces various challenges such as disgruntled locals, a ruthless contractor, a new power dam, and his own bad health.


Ralph Thomas


Hammond Innes (novel), Hammond Innes (adapted for the screen with the co-operation of the author) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Bruce Campbell
Stanley Baker ... Owen Morgan
Michael Craig ... Boy Bladen
Barbara Murray ... Jean Lucas
James Robertson Justice ... James MacDonald
Athene Seyler ... Miss Abigail
Robert Brown ... Ben Creasy
John Laurie ... Mac
Sidney James ... Tim
Mary Merrall ... Miss Ruth
George Murcell ... Max
Roland Brand Roland Brand ... Driver
Finlay Currie ... Old Man
Peter Illing ... The Doctor
Maurice Kaufmann ... Man at Golden Calf (as Maurice Kaufman)


Bruce Campbell (Dirk Bogarde) arrives in Canada to take over his grandfather's inheritance, an area on the Rockies known as Campbell's Kingdom. Told by doctors he has a short time to live, he just a wants to live quietly up at his grandfather's house in peace. But he soon learns that a dam is being built that will flood Campbell's Kingdom. After locals, who gave money to his grandfather believing there to be oil, but losing their money, they all want the dam to be built to give them jobs. Bruce is given a letter from his grandfather that says he believes there is oil in Campbell's Kingdom, which would stop the work on the dam. Bruce decides to try and clear his grandfather's name and his claim about the oil. In the process, he has to face the forces of nature and ruthless contractor Owen Morgan (Stanley Baker). Written by steveocraig

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dam | oil | flood | canada | petroleum | See All (18) »


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Did You Know?


Barbara Murray was cast as Jean Lucas at short notice after the original choice dropped out because of health problems. See more »


When Morgan reaches the landslide and discovers it was caused by dynamite he and his lt clamber over it to a jeep brought down by his men and head up the mountain but the road was too narrow for them to have turned it round as they did. See more »


Edited into The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969) See more »

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A better than average, well written, action adventure with a good cast.
9 January 2020 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

"Bruce Campbell" (Dirk Bogarde) inherits his grandfather's land in Canada and is determined to make a go of it. Once he arrives from Scotland, and allied with Barbara Murray and a superb James Robertson Justice, though, he discovers that he faces a few local difficulties. Stanley Baker is prepared to go to any means to drive them from the land so he can build a lucrative hydro-electric dam. This self-adaptation of Hammond Innes' novel is beautifully shot (albeit it in Italy, not Canada) and Bogarde conveys some of the grim determination and persevering spirit of "Campbell" well in the face of this hostility.

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Release Date:

9 December 1957 (Sweden) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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