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The Stranglers of Bombay (1959)

In the 1830s, a captain in the East India Company lobbies to investigate the criminal Thugee Cult of Kali, an organized crime group of stranglers and thieves.

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Terence Fisher

Writer:

David Zelag Goodman (as David Z. Goodman)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Guy Rolfe ... Capt. Harry Lewis
Allan Cuthbertson ... Capt. Christopher Connaught-Smith
Andrew Cruickshank Andrew Cruickshank ... Col. Henderson
George Pastell ... High Priest of Kali
Marne Maitland ... Patel Shari
Jan Holden ... Mary Lewis
Paul Stassino ... Lt. Silver
Tutte Lemkow ... Ram Das
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Storyline

A murderous religious cult is way-laying travellers and stealing goods in nineteenth century India. As the disappearances mount and trade becomes difficult, the British East India Company is forced to act. But they give the job to an upper-class officer completely out-of-touch with the country rather than the obvious candidate who has been in India for years and well understands the people and culture. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los estranguladores de Bombay See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Some authors have alleged the Guy Rolfe role at first was earmarked for Peter Cushing. See more »

Goofs

When Captain Lewis is tied to the ground, a reflection is visible between him and the cobra, revealing that a pane of glass separates them. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Christopher Connaught-Smith: [Interrogating witness through translator] Now tell him that no one can live anywhere for 40 years without seeing a great deal. What has he seen?
[the translator confers with the witness]
Capt. Christopher Connaught-Smith: [Impatiently] Well?
Translator: He says he has seen 40 harvests and 160 changes of season.
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Alternate Versions

Shots of Marie Devereux reacting excitedly to the mutilation of Thuggee victims were cut for the U.S. release. See more »

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The Thuggee Cult.
20 November 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Terence Fisher directed this historically based adventure that stars Guy Rolfe as a captain in 1830's India trying to fight a dangerous cult of murderers and thieves known as the thuggee. Their high priest(played by George Pastell) hates foreigners and wants to drive them out. The captain tries to warn the East India company of the danger, but they refuse to listen. Instead, an inexperienced young officer is sent to clear the matter up, but he is in way over his head, and events threaten to escalate out of control, quite murderously... Lurid melodrama turns a potentially intriguing look at a forgotten part of colonial history into a potboiler. Not bad really, but falls short.


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