The Million Eyes of Sumuru

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The Million Eyes of Sumuru
MillionEyesofSumuru.jpg
Theatrical release poster by Heywood Brown
Directed by Lindsay Shonteff
Produced by Harry Alan Towers
Written by Kevin Kavanagh
Based on story by Peter Welbeck
the Sumuru novels by Sax Rohmer
Starring George Nader
Frankie Avalon
Shirley Eaton
Cinematography John von Kotze
Edited by Allan Morrison
Production
company
Sumuru Films
Distributed by American International Pictures (U.S.)
Warner-Pathe (U.K.)
Release date
  • 17 May 1967 (1967-05-17) (U.S.)
  • 3 December 1967 (1967-12-03) (U.K.)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Million Eyes of Sumuru is a 1967 British spy film produced by Harry Alan Towers, directed by Lindsay Shonteff and filmed at the Shaw Brothers studios in Hong Kong. It stars Frankie Avalon and George Nader, with Shirley Eaton as the title character Sumuru.[1] It was based on a series of novels by Sax Rohmer about a megalomaniacal femme fatale. [2]

The film was released in the U.S. by American International Pictures on 17 May 1967. In the U.K. it was released through Warner-Pathé on 3 December, titled simply Sumuru.[3]

Plot[edit]

Sumuru is a beautiful but evil woman who plans world domination by having her sexy all-female army eliminate male leaders and replace them with her female agents.

Chief of security for President Boong of Sinonesia is killed. Two Americans in Hong Kong, Nick West and his friend Tommy Carter are persuaded by head of British intelligence, Colonel Baisbrook, to investigate. They discover the organisation headed by Sumuru, which claims to be interested in peaceful activities.

A dead girl winds up in Nick's bed and he is being framed for murder. They go to Hong Kong to stop an assassination.

Cast[edit]

  • Frankie Avalon as Agent Tommy Carter
  • George Nader as Agent Nick West
  • Shirley Eaton as Sumuru
  • Wilfrid Hyde-White as Colonel Sir Anthony Baisbrook
  • Klaus Kinski as President Boong
  • Patti Chandler as Louise
  • Salli Sachse as Mikki
  • Ursula Rank as Erno
  • Krista Nell as Zoe
  • Maria Rohm as Helga Martin
  • Paul Chang Chungas Inspector Koo
  • Essie Lin Chia (fr) as Kitty (as Essie Huang)
  • Jon Fong as Colonel Medika
  • Denise Davreux as Sumuru Guard
  • Mary Cheng as Sumuru Guard
  • Jill Hamilton as Sumuru Guard
  • Lisa Gray as Sumuru Guard
  • Christine Lok as Sumuru Guard
  • Margaret Cheung as Sumuru Guard
  • Louise Lee as Sumuru Guard

Production[edit]

Terry Bourke was production manager.

Follow up[edit]

Shirley Eaton reprised her role as Sumuru in Jess Franco's The Girl from Rio (1970). Eaton later said "I did enjoy being the wicked lady Su-muru in two rather bad films, which I had not had the chance to be before."[4] However, she retired from acting shortly afterwards.

In popular culture[edit]

The Million Eyes of Sumuru inspired riot grrrl musician Lois Maffeo to adopt Bikini Kill as a band name. She and her friend Margaret Doherty used the name for a one-off performance where they donned faux fur punk cave girl costumes. Tobi Vail liked the name and appropriated it for the iconic punk group after Maffeo settled on the band name Cradle Robbers.[5]

This film was featured in the KTMA season of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New York Times: The-Million-Eyes-of-Su-Muru". NY Times. Archived from the original on 12 December 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2008. 
  2. ^ SUMURU. (1968, Monthly Film Bulletin, vol. 35, no. 12. Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.sl.nsw.gov.au/docview/1305827409?accountid=13902
  3. ^ Kinematograph Weekly vol. 605 no. 3137, 25 November 1967
  4. ^ "Interview with Shirley Eaton". Classic Film TV Cafe. February 2014. 
  5. ^ Marcus, Sara (2010). Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution (first ed.). New York: HarperPerennial. pp. 46–47. ISBN 978-0-06-180636-0. 

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