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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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Murder Cult Terror In Exotic Asia See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Würger von Bombay See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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The fight between the snake and the mongoose wasn't in the original script. See more »

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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. Harry Lewis: [to Mary] This is some kind of organized conspiracy. I know it, and I'll find it out!
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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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Referenced in Doctor Who: The Curse of the Cybermen's Tomb (2012) See more »

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Good Horror and Bad Politics
22 April 2011 | by Vornoff-3See all my reviews

There's no getting around the Imperialist/Colonialist undertones in this one, only made worse by the various video guides which claim it is based on "actual events." It isn't quite as bad as Fu Manchu to the Chinese, but I suspect many Indians would find this pretty inaccurate and offensive. Still, looked at as a horror movie, it is pretty fun, and it seems to include more explicit depictions of violence even than other Hammer films of the time – perhaps the claim of historical authenticity made it easier to get away with gore in England at this time. I particularly enjoyed George Pastell's performance, similar in many ways to the one he gave in the previous year's adaptation of "the Mummy." The various tensions among the British colonial officers also add a nice touch, and the direction and cinematography are top-notch, as awkward as the material sometimes gets.


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