Coast of Skeletons

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Coast of Skeletons
Coast of Skeletons US 1965 poster.jpg
US poster from 1965
Directed by Robert Lynn
Produced by Harry Alan Towers
Screenplay by Anthony Scott Veitch
Story by Harry Alan Towers
Based on Sanders of the River
by Edgar Wallace
Starring Richard Todd
Dale Robertson
Heinz Drache
Marianne Koch
Music by Christopher Whelen
Cinematography Stephen Dade
Edited by John Trumper
Towers of London Films
S.A. Film Studios
Distributed by Towers of London
Release date
  • 19 March 1965 (1965-03-19) (South Africa)
  • 23 August 1965 (1965-08-23) (UK)
Running time
91 min.
Country United Kingdom
South Africa
Language English

Coast of Skeletons is a 1965 British-South African adventure film, directed by Robert Lynn and starring Richard Todd and Dale Robertson. It is a sequel to the 1963 film Death Drums Along the River, and just as that film, it uses the characters from Edgar Wallace's 1911 novel Sanders of the River and Zoltán Korda's 1935 film based on the novel, but placed in a totally different story.


Following independence, the unnamed British colony where Commissioner Harry Sanders has been working for many years sacks its British police force. So Sanders returns to London, where he soon finds work for an insurance company, which wants him to oversee a project to dredge for diamonds in the shallow waters off South West Africa.

Sanders soon finds himself drawn into a web of insurance fraud, a secret hunt for World War II gold bullion, and a rivalrous love triangle between a flamboyant American diamond prospector, a former German U-Boat commander in the employ of the American, and the German’s very young wife.

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