During a hunt for a ferocious tiger terrorizing an Indian village,ex-army Major Harry Black comes across his former wife Chris and her new husband, Desmond Tanner, who met Black in a German POW camp in WW2.
Former British Army Major Harry Black comes to the rescue of an Indian village terrorized by a ferocious Bengal tiger.During the hunt, Major Black comes across his former wife Chris who is now remarried.Her new husband, Desmond Tanner, already knew Major Black from a German prisoner-of-war camp in World War Two where his cowardice during an attempted escape, cost Black his leg.Tanner now manages a tea plantation and wants to accompany Harry Black on the hunt in order to impress his young son, Michael. Harry Black still loves his ex-wife Chris and Desmond Tanner senses this.Although none of the two men openly admit it they compete against each other for Chris' love. During the hunt, Tanner again shows himself a coward.Written by
Part Snows Of Kilimanjaro, part Moby Dick, Harry Black And The Tiger will never attain the literary ranks of those Hemingway and Melville classics. Still the book turned into a good movie with Stewart Granger giving a good performance in his first film after he was loose from his MGM Hollywood contract.
There's a tiger on the prowl in a remote corner of India and the government has contracted white hunter Stewart Granger for the job of killing it. There's not much you can do with big cats once they've gotten an appetite for human flesh. But the job gets personal with Granger when he discovers the tiger has chosen for its hunting grounds, the vicinity of a tea plantation run by Anthony Steel and his wife Barbara Rush who's always had a thing for Granger in any event.
There are some flashback sequences telling how the three main players have arrived to the point they are now. Steel did not go through with his part of an escape plan during World War II and as a result Granger lost a leg. And both are in love with Rush, but Granger bows out and now they're thrown together again.
Steel was weak during the war, but now Granger questions his own fitness for the job especially after getting mauled by the tiger. Still he has developed his own Ahab like fixation on the beast.
I have to say Stewart Granger sure looks the part, a carryover when he scored such a big hit in King Solomon's Mines. Later on he did a film called The Last Safari in the Sixties and it was hardly a success.
Look for I.S. Johar and Kamala Devi as Granger's guide and his Indian nurse when he is recovering from his encounter with the tiger. Devi has some really sharp observations about what she's around her.
Not the best jungle films, but the Indian cinematography is nice and fans of the leads will be pleased enough.
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