Where No Vultures Fly

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Where No Vultures Fly
Where No Vultures Fly.jpg
Movie poster
Directed by Harry Watt
Produced by Michael Balcon
Written by W. P. Lipscomb
Leslie Norman
Ralph Smart
Harry Watt (story)
Starring Anthony Steel
Dinah Sheridan
Music by Alan Rawsthorne
Cinematography Paul Beeson
Geoffrey Unsworth
Edited by Jack Harris
Gordon Stone
Distributed by Universal International
Release dates 1951
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Where No Vultures Fly is a 1951 British film. It was released under the title Ivory Hunter in the United States.[1] It was directed by Harry Watt and starred Anthony Steel and Dinah Sheridan. The film was inspired by the work of the conservationist Mervyn Cowie.[2] The film's opening credits state that "the characters in this film are imaginary, but the story is based on the recent struggle of Mervyn Cowie to form the National Parks of Kenya."[3] The title Where No Vultures Fly denotes areas where there are no dead animals.[1]

The film had a sequel West of Zanzibar.


The film is set in East Africa. It is about a game warden called Bob Payton (Anthony Steel). He is horrified by the destruction of wild animals by ivory hunters. He establishes a wildlife sanctuary. He is attacked by wild animals and must contend with a villainous ivory poacher (Harold Warrender).[1][2]


Anthony Steel contracted malaria during filming on location in Africa.[4]


The movie was selected for the 1951 Royal Command Performance.[5] It was the second most popular film at the British box office in 1952.[6]

Featured cast[edit]

Actor Role
Anthony Steel Bob Payton
Dinah Sheridan Mary Payton
Harold Warrender Mannering
Meredith Edwards Gwyl
William Simons Tim Payton
Orlando Martins M'Kwongi


  1. ^ a b c Ivory Hunter (1951), New York Times, 1952-08-19.
  2. ^ a b The New Pictures, Time, 1952-08-25.
  3. ^ Where No Vultures Fly, British Film Institute.
  4. ^ "Stars glitter for Royalty.". The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982) (1933 - 1982: National Library of Australia). 28 November 1951. p. 33. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Where No Vultures Fly at BFI Screenonline
  6. ^ "COMEDIAN TOPS FILM POLL.". The Sunday Herald (Sydney, NSW : 1949 - 1953) (Sydney, NSW: National Library of Australia). 28 December 1952. p. 4. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 

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