Safari (1940)

80 mins | Adventure | 14 June 1940

Director:

Edward H. Griffith

Writer:

Delmer Daves

Producer:

Anthony Veiller

Cinematographer:

Ted Tetzlaff

Editor:

Eda Warren

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Ernst Fegte

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to pre-production news items in HR , Paramount wanted to borrow Joseph Schildkraut and Kane Richmond from Fox to appear in this film. In the onscreen credits, the character played by actress Muriel Angelus is named "Fay Thorne," but in reviews she is listed as "Kay Thorne." The picture was filmed on location at Baldwin Lake and Sherwood Forest, CA. A news item in HR adds that technical advisor Cyrus LeRoy Baldridge was a well-known ... More Less

According to pre-production news items in HR , Paramount wanted to borrow Joseph Schildkraut and Kane Richmond from Fox to appear in this film. In the onscreen credits, the character played by actress Muriel Angelus is named "Fay Thorne," but in reviews she is listed as "Kay Thorne." The picture was filmed on location at Baldwin Lake and Sherwood Forest, CA. A news item in HR adds that technical advisor Cyrus LeRoy Baldridge was a well-known illustrator. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
29 May 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
4 Jun 40
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jun 39
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Sep 39
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Sep 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Oct 39
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Nov 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Dec 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
31 May 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jun 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
4 Jun 40
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Jan 40
p. 42.
Motion Picture Herald
8 Jun 40
p. 36.
New York Times
20 Jun 40
p. 29.
Variety
22 May 40
p. 24.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus score
VISUAL EFFECTS
PRODUCTION MISC
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 June 1940
Premiere Information:
Providence, RI premiere: 6 June 1940
Production Date:
24 October--late December 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
14 June 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9704
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5842
SYNOPSIS

The Baron de Courland, a millionaire on the hunt for big game, arrives in M'Pola, West Africa, aboard his luxurious yacht. He is accompanied by Linda Stewart, who is determined to ensnare the baron's money and position. That evening, Jim Logan, the white hunter who is to guide their expedition into the darkest interior of Africa, throws a party for his friend, Jock McPhail. The baron and his guests join the celebration, appropriating Jock's table. After ousting the baron from his table, Jim refuses to lead the expedition, proclaiming that he would rather join the war effort. Intrigued by Jim's defiance, Linda dares him to let a roll of the dice decide the issue, and when Jim loses, Linda joins the hunt, bent on using him to extract a proposal from the baron. At the jungle camp, Jim decides to fly over their route, and Linda insists upon joining him. When darkness sets in, the two are forced to remain together alone in the jungle all night. Insanely jealous, the baron shoots a leopard and sends an unarmed boy to finish the beast. When the boy is killed, Jim accuses the baron of murder. In response, the baron deliberately wounds a lion and orders Jim into the brush to make the kill. Sustaining a torn arm because of the baron's carelessness, Jim tells his men to break camp while he flies back to M'Pola alone. Left to fend for themselves, Linda discovers the baron's true nature. Upon reaching M'Pola, she rushes to Jim, who rebuffs her, announcing that he is flying to Europe. When Jim boards his plane, he finds ... +


The Baron de Courland, a millionaire on the hunt for big game, arrives in M'Pola, West Africa, aboard his luxurious yacht. He is accompanied by Linda Stewart, who is determined to ensnare the baron's money and position. That evening, Jim Logan, the white hunter who is to guide their expedition into the darkest interior of Africa, throws a party for his friend, Jock McPhail. The baron and his guests join the celebration, appropriating Jock's table. After ousting the baron from his table, Jim refuses to lead the expedition, proclaiming that he would rather join the war effort. Intrigued by Jim's defiance, Linda dares him to let a roll of the dice decide the issue, and when Jim loses, Linda joins the hunt, bent on using him to extract a proposal from the baron. At the jungle camp, Jim decides to fly over their route, and Linda insists upon joining him. When darkness sets in, the two are forced to remain together alone in the jungle all night. Insanely jealous, the baron shoots a leopard and sends an unarmed boy to finish the beast. When the boy is killed, Jim accuses the baron of murder. In response, the baron deliberately wounds a lion and orders Jim into the brush to make the kill. Sustaining a torn arm because of the baron's carelessness, Jim tells his men to break camp while he flies back to M'Pola alone. Left to fend for themselves, Linda discovers the baron's true nature. Upon reaching M'Pola, she rushes to Jim, who rebuffs her, announcing that he is flying to Europe. When Jim boards his plane, he finds Linda in the cockpit, and realizing that she really loves him, he flies away with her. +

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