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The Southern Star (1969)

In 1912 West Africa, diamond tycoon Kramer hires penniless American fortune hunter Dan Rockland, who's posing as a geologist, but when a huge diamond is found, everyone wants to steal it.

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Complete credited cast:
... Dan
... Erica Kramer
... Plankett
... Karl
... Matakit
... Jose
... Andre
Sylvain Levignac ... Louis (as Sylvain)
Charles Lamb ... Todd
Guy Delorme ... Michael
... Kramer
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Comedy adventure based on a Jules Verne novel about the ups and downs of jewel thieves in the wilds of Africa circa 1900. George Segal is the appealing hero-heel and Ursula Andress is visually stunning as the lady in the proceedings. Orson Welles has a small role. Written by alfiehitchie

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Orson Welles claimed that he was originally asked to play a conventional super-villain in the film, but rewrote his role so that the character became an incompetent (and homosexual) cockney. It has been also claimed that Welles rewrote some of George Segal's lines and encouraged the actor to improvise, but whether or not Welles actually directed any of the film has not been confirmed. See more »

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Erica Kramer: I'm trying to wash away a memory!
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Written and Performed by Georges Garvarentz Et Son Orchestre
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African adventure
30 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

The Southern Star is based on a novel by Jules Verne ,one published under a number of different titles .It is most widely known by the title used in the movie but has also been published as "The Southern Star Mystery" and "The Vanished Diamond".

The setting is French West Africa(changed from South Africa in the novel) and the period is immediately before the outbreak of World War One. The star is a large diamond which goes missing and is found by banjo playing American geologist Dan (George Segal).It is actually the property of business tycoon Kramer (Harry Andrews) whose daughter Erica (Ursula Andress)Dan is in love with .Complicating matters is the fact that Kramer's head of security Karl(Ian Hendry)is also after both the diamond and Erica and has a large force of men to ensure he gets both .In particular he has a sidekick Plankett (Orson Welles) a ,man fond of drilling his troops to records of bugle music .

The greatest asset of the movie is its striking location photography of Senegal which ensures the movie is always good to look at .It is also pretty well acted -although I did wonder how Ursula Andress managed to get her hands on full make up ,including mascara ,in the jungle .Welles in particular seems to be enjoying himself hugely .

the action when it comes is fine and the movie has a lot of humour -which is my big problem with it .I prefer my period adventure straight and details like the banjo playing and bugle records grate on me a tad Its a minor grouse ,nothing more and the movie is an enjoyable romp that may have relatively little to do with Verne but is a pleasant diversion on a wet and windy afternoon


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