2 user 4 critic

Coast of Skeletons (1965)

Harry Sanders returns to England after losing his job as a police inspector in West Africa. However, he soon returns to the continent to investigate the offshore diamond operation of a shady American tycoon.


Robert Lynn


Harry Alan Towers (story) (as Peter Welbeck), Anthony Scott Veitch (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Watch Now

With Prime Video



Learn more

More Like This 

Sanders (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A British colonial policeman in Africa investigates a murder in a hospital up river.

Director: Lawrence Huntington
Stars: Richard Todd, Marianne Koch, Albert Lieven
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An English mother leaves husband and two children to follow her Italian lover to a lakeside villa. Her children follow her, intent in breaking up her affair.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Rossano Brazzi, Richard Todd
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Police try to track down a hooded serial killer who murders his victims with a combination of acid and poison gas.

Director: Alfred Vohrer
Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Uschi Glas, Grit Boettcher
Breakout (1959)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1943, an Italian-administered POW camp for captured Allies goes through a series of failed escapes only to culminate in a daring plan for a literally-dramatic mass escape.

Director: Don Chaffey
Stars: Richard Todd, Bernard Lee, Michael Wilding
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Several employees on a nobleman's estate show up at a former abbey, reputed to be haunted, to search for a hidden treasure. Howver, a mysterious hooded figure begins killing off those who may have figured out where the treasure is hidden.

Director: Franz Josef Gottlieb
Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Grit Boettcher, Dieter Borsche
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A writer eloping with his mistress by train has second thoughts, pulls the emergency brake, bails out and witnesses the train's collision with another train, events eventually leading to murder and a police manhunt.

Director: Daniel Birt
Stars: Valerie Hobson, Richard Todd, Christine Norden
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Allied agents attempt to infiltrate the Nazis' rocket research site.

Director: Michael Anderson
Stars: Sophia Loren, George Peppard, Trevor Howard
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A British doctor working in a Canadian hospital, has to assist in a delicate brain operation on a South American President, who is in hiding from a gang of assassins.

Director: Jack Cardiff
Stars: Richard Todd, Betsy Drake, Herbert Lom
Never Let Go (1960)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A cosmetic salesman sets out to prove to himself and his wife that he is not a failure.

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Richard Todd, Peter Sellers, Elizabeth Sellars
The Very Edge (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young married woman finds herself being stalked by a sinister psychopath.

Director: Cyril Frankel
Stars: Richard Todd, Anne Heywood, Nicole Maurey
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Africa, early 20th century, an Englishman marries the girlfriend of a late friend and faces natives and adventures, on the banks of a river infested with crocodiles.

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Richard Todd, Juliette Gréco, John Kitzmiller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A World War II pilot is unable to come to terms with civilian life.

Director: Peter Everett
Stars: Richard Todd, Gillian Raine, Patrick Barr


Complete credited cast:
Richard Todd ... Harry Sanders
Dale Robertson ... A. J. Magnus
Heinz Drache ... Janny Von Koltze
Marianne Koch ... Helga
Elga Andersen ... Elizabeth Von Koltze
Dietmar Schönherr ... Piet Van Houten (as Dietmar Schonherr)
Derek Nimmo Derek Nimmo ... Tom Hamilton
George Leech ... Carlo Seton
Gabriel Bayman Gabriel Bayman ... Charlie Singer
Gordon Mulholland Gordon Mulholland ... Mr. Spyker
Buster Perry Buster Perry ... Emil
Josh du Toit Josh du Toit ... Hajo Peterson
T.R.J. Edwards T.R.J. Edwards ... Finn
Derek Lyndon Derek Lyndon ... Interviewer


Harry Sanders returns to England after losing his job as a police inspector in West Africa. However, he soon returns to the continent to investigate the offshore diamond operation of a shady American tycoon.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


From the floor of the sea to the roof of the sky ...they fought for hidden diamonds... sunken gold... and a woman's desire! See more »


Adventure | Drama


Not Rated | See all certifications »



UK | South Africa



Release Date:

10 November 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La costa de los esqueletos See more »

Filming Locations:

Namibia See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Body Count 6. See more »


The Captain wears his uniform continuously throughout the movie. Unless on a big liner or a working ship like this, he would normally only wear this in port. It would be extremely impractical to wear the uniform daily like this and a Captain would change into cool casual wear when at sea in these climes. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the late-'80s Greenwood Video released a 69 minutes cut version of the movie in West Germany. E.g. the end credits are missing. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Worthy sequel with Richard Todd hunting diamonds
2 March 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

COAST OF SKELETONS and its predecessor, DEATH DRUMS ALONG THE RIVER, are two of the finest Harry Alan Towers-produced movies of the 1960s. They're both exotic, Africa-shot detective adventures that come across as Bond flicks mixed with German krimi (both tales are based on SANDERS OF THE RIVER, a novel by Edgar Wallace). DEATH DRUMS ALONG THE RIVER has the edge, but this is still a worthy follow-up.

The story sees the efficient investigator Harry Sanders en route to visit the crew of a diamond-hunting ship, where his mission is to find out what happened to a previously-wrecked vessel. Before long he finds himself caught up in conflict between the captain and his crew, along with a conspiracy to make certain members millionaires.

COAST OF SKELETONS is perfectly adequate, Sunday afternoon viewing-type fare. The story is straightforward and yet complex enough to keep you watching, and there's a wealth of hard-knuckle action to keep male viewers enthralled. None of the twists and turns of the narrative are very surprising, but they're certainly handled adroitly by the director.

Richard Todd makes for an ever-dependable hero, and he's backed up by an effective Dale Robertson as the gruff captain and Euro-crumpet Marianne Koch as his second. The outrageously posh Derek Nimmo shows up as another associate. COAST OF SKELETONS is certainly one of the slickest and most entertaining of the Towers of London productions.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed