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Harry Black and the Tiger (1958)

Harry Black (original title)
Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 22 July 1958 (UK)
During a hunt for a ferocious tiger terrorizing an Indian village, ex-army Colonel Harry Black comes across the wife of his former army buddy and co-POW Desmond Tanner..


Hugo Fregonese


Sydney Boehm, David Walker (novel)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart Granger ... Harry Black
Barbara Rush ... Christian Tanner
Anthony Steel ... Desmond Tanner
I.S. Johar ... Bapu
Martin Stephens ... Michael Tanner
Frank Olegario ... Dr. Chowdhury
Kamala Devi ... Nurse Somola
John Helier John Helier ... German Sergeant
Tom Bowman Tom Bowman ... British Officer
Allan McClelland Allan McClelland ... British Officer
Harold Siddons Harold Siddons ... British Officer
Norman Johns Norman Johns ... British Officer
Gladys Boot Gladys Boot ... Mrs. Tanner
George Curzon ... Mr. Philip Tanner
Archie Duncan ... Woolsey


Former British Army Colonel Harry Black comes to the rescue of an Indian village terrorized by a ferocious Bengal tiger. During the hunt, Black comes across the wife, Chris, of Desmond Tanner, who already knew Black from a German prisoner-of-war camp in World War Two, where his cowardice during an escape cost Black his leg. Tanner now manages a tea plantation and wants to accompany Black on the hunt in order to impress his young son, Michael. Black still loves Chris, with whom he had had a brief affair when visiting her to tell her about her husband's imprisonment, and 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 nufs68

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Never Such Adventure-In the Jungles of India See more »


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Did You Know?


In Sept. 1958, 20th Century Fox distributed this film on a double bill with Showdown at Boot Hill (1958) starring Charles Bronson, Robert Hutton and John Carradine. See more »


Referenced in The Ed Sullivan Show: Episode #12.1 (1958) See more »

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This is a man's movie.
20 August 2013 | by mrcrashhappy-1See all my reviews

I won't cover the ground concerning the setting and the main conflict. This movie is about the theme, the importance of ethical standards in a man,the ability to make difficult decisions, personal sacrifices, moral choices, and confront danger with courage. Courage doesn't mean the absence of fear, rather the ability to suck it up when necessary.

Not unlike other movies with similar themes, such as, The Mountain, Zulu, The Ghost and The Darkness, Battle Los Angeles, and The Naked Prey, Harry Black and the Tiger deals with the personal traits inherent in the nature of men, and what separates them from adult males.

There's nothing phony in this story. The characters' true selves and motivations are laid bare like raw nerves. The tension is incredible for those who appreciate the essence of the interactions and inner struggles of the characters. If you think this movie moves too slowly, you don't get it.

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