East of Sudan

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East of Sudan
Original cinema poster
Directed byNathan H. Juran
Produced byNathan Juran
Charles H. Schneer
Written byJud Kinberg
StarringAnthony Quayle
Jenny Agutter
Sylvia Sims
Music byLaurie Johnson
CinematographyWilkie Cooper
Edited byErnest Hosler
Ameran Films
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
Running time
85 mins
CountryUnited Kingdom

East of Sudan is a 1964 British adventure film directed by Nathan Juran and featuring Anthony Quayle, Sylvia Syms and Derek Fowlds.


In late 1884, during the height of the Mahdist insurrection in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, the Mahdist forces attack Barash, a British outpost 200 miles upriver from Khartoum.

Four people escape from the attack in a riverboat: Private Richard Baker, a soldier in the British army; Murchison, an inexperienced subaltern in the army; Asua, the daughter of the local Emir; and Asua's British governess, Margret Woodville.

Over the course of the journey, the group find themselves in perilous dangers on the Nile and its banks. Facing off against nature, Arab slavers and a beleaguered Negro tribe the slavers prey on, they are saved by King Gondoko's missionary-raised brother Kimrasi, who then joins them.

Soldiers Murchison and Baker frequently clash, while Baker and Margaret fall in love.

Once in Khartoum, they find the revolt has reached it and the men join the fight...



Producer Charles Schneer made it after a series of fantasies with Ray Harryhausen. This and Siege of the Saxons were made over 15 days using stock footage. "Columbia had a lot of unused footage in their library," said the producer. "If 10 percent or less of a film made in the United Kingdom was comprised of stock footage, you received a government subsidy. I decided that would be a good commercial opportunity, so I made both pictures that way. I took the big action sequences out of Columbia's library." Siege of the Saxons used The Black Knight and East of Sudan used footage from Beyond Mombassa.[1]

Anthony Quayle and Sylvia Syms were signed in February 1964. It was Quayle's first film since Lawrence of Arabia.[2]

All of the large-scale action scenes were stock footage from the films The Four Feathers (1939), Odongo and Safari (both 1956).[3][4]


The film was released in the US on a double bill with First Men in the Moon (1964), also directed by Juran.[5]

The Monthly Film Bulletin called it "shamelessly unoriginal hokum with Anthony Quayle as a poor man's Stewart Granger and Sylvia Syms as a ditto Deborah Kerr, some laboured tongue-in-cheek humour and an inordinate amount of stockpile animal footage. Nathan Juran could direct this sort of thing blindfolded and for once would appear to have done so."[6]


  1. ^ Swires, Steve (March 1990). "Merchant of the Magicks Part Three". Starlog. p. 65.
  2. ^ 'East of Sudan' The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current file); Boston, Mass. [Boston, Mass]13 Feb 1964: 4.
  3. ^ HIGH ADVENTURE IN THE SUDAN: [3 STAR Edition] Crosby Day of The Sentinel Staff. Orlando Sentinel; Orlando, Fla. [Orlando, Fla]26 Aug 1990: 4.
  4. ^ Swires, Steve (May 1989). "Nathan Juran: The Fantasy Voyages of Jerry the Giant Killer Part Two". Starlog Magazine. No. 142. p. 58.
  5. ^ Moon Shot Successful in Feature Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]19 Nov 1964: D13.
  6. ^ EAST OF SUDAN Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 31, Iss. 360, (Jan 1, 1964): 134.

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