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Timbuktu (1959)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 22 November 1959 (USA)
In 1940, in the colony of French Sudan, a Tuareg uprising is being instigated by an evil Emir but the French Army, aided by an American gun-runner, intends to pacify the region.

Director:

Jacques Tourneur
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Complete credited cast:
Victor Mature ... Mike Conway
Yvonne De Carlo ... Natalie Dufort
George Dolenz ... Col. Charles Dufort
John Dehner ... Emir Bhaki - aka The Lion of the Desert
Marcia Henderson ... Jeanne Marat
Robert Clarke ... Captain Girard
James Foxx James Foxx ... Lt. Victor Marat
Paul Wexler ... Suleyman
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In 1940 Col. Dufort arrives in Timbuktu with his wife to take over the French garrison. This garrison is threatened by a Tuareg uprising supposedly inspired by Mohamet Adjani -- a holy man once regarded as a friend of France. Almost immediately Col. and Mme. Dufort push on to Bou Djebeha in company with an American gunrunner named Mike Conway who soon engages the Colonel's wife in a forbidden romance. At Bou Djebeha Conway learns that the holy man has been kidnapped by an evil Emir who is the true force behind the rebellion. Complications and dangers ensue as Conway and the Colonel try to get the holy man back to Timbuktu so that he can speak out against the rebellion. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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The mighty revolt that turned the Sahara red! See more »


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Mike Conway: I've got the Holy Man stashed.
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Timbuktu is no Casablanca
8 November 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One of the poorest areas on the globe yet its very name conjures up exotic places of the past, Timbuktu the city serves as the title for a routine action/adventure film starring Victor Mature. Interesting that it came out when it did as the French were busy grappling with losing their colonial empire of which Timbuktu was a part. At that time it was a part of French West Africa though the name Soudan for the region is used and correctly.

Victor Mature plays a smuggler of no particular loyalties who is doing business with whomever in the region as a new commander of the garrison at Timbuktu comes to take over. George Dolenz is unhappy with being sent out of France during the hour of her greatest peril in 1940, but somebody's needed to keep the Tuareg tribes in line.

Who are threatening a revolt under the leadership of Emir John Dehner and who has a local mullah in Leonard Mudie held captive and under his thumb. Dehner wants to use the mullah's influence to incite a revolt. Sounds very familiar for today's audience.

While all the politics is going on Mature is also checking out Yvonne DeCarlo and who could blame him. However Timbuktu comes nowhere near as good as that other wartime classic with the name of a city set in French colonial Africa, Casablanca. No one will ever mistake Mature and DeCarlo for Bogey and Bergman.

Still the film should please fans of Victor Mature although his work declined after he left 20th Century Fox.


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Language:

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Release Date:

22 November 1959 (USA) See more »

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East of Timbuktu See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanab, Utah, USA

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Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

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