Killers of Kilimanjaro
|Killers of Kilimanjaro|
Theatrical Film Poster
|Directed by||Richard Thorpe|
|Produced by||John R Sloane
Albert R. Broccoli
|Screenplay by||John Gilling|
|Based on||story by Cyril Hume and Richard Maibaum
from book African Bush Adventuresby J Hunter
|Music by||William Alwyn|
|Edited by||Geoffrey Foot|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
The movie was originally known as Adamson of Africa.
- Robert Taylor as Robert Adamson
- Anthony Newley as Hooky Hook
- Anne Aubrey as Jane Carlton
- Donald Pleasence as Captain
- Grégoire Aslan as Ben Ahmed
- Allan Cuthbertson as Sexton
- Martin Benson as Ali
- Orlando Martins as Chief
- John Dimech as Pasha
- Martin Boddey as Gunther
Warwick Films had made three films in Africa, Safari, Zarak and Odongo. They announced the movie in 1956. The story was inspired by actual incidents of the Tsavo maneaters recounted in the 1955 book African Bush Adventures by JA Hunter and Daniel P. Mannix.
The screenplay was originally by Peter Viertel, who had worked on The African Queen, and written a novel of the experiences called White Hunter, Black Heart. Alan Ladd, who had made three films for Warwick, was the announced as male lead - it was meant to be part of a six-picture deal between Ladd and Warwick that also includd The Man Inside and It's Always Four O'Clock. In the final event Ladd made no further films for Warwick - the lead role went to Robert Taylor.
Filming took place on location in Moshi Tanganyika, the same location used for Mogambo and Tarzan's Greatest Adventure.
The film's title was changed to Killers of Kilimanjaro. This upset Chief Thomas Marealle of the Chagga tribe, on whose lands the film was shot, and he made an official complaint.
- "KILLERS" KILL THE CHIEF'S ENTHUSIASM: BRITISH FILM TITLE" The Guardian 01 Sep 1959: 11
- WARWICK TO MAKE 2 FILMS IN AFRICA: Company Plans Productions of 'Adamson of Africa' and 'Golden City,' a Musical M-G-M Misses One of Four By OSCAR GODBOUT Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 17 July 1956: 19
- "Alan Ladd Gets Huge England Deal; Hunting Film Stars Prime Trio" Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif] 16 September 1957: C11.
- WARUSHA, WACHAGGA & 'ADAMSON': Native Spear Carriers Prove Shrewd Actors In African Movie By MILTON BRACKERMoshi, Tanganyika.. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y] 22 Mar 1959: X7.
- "KILLERS" KILL THE CHIEF'S ENTHUSIASM: British film title The Guardian (1959-2003); London (UK) [London (UK)] 01 Sep 1959: 11.
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