South to Karanga (1940)

58 or 59 mins | Adventure | 2 August 1940

Director:

Harold Schuster

Cinematographer:

Jerome Ash

Editor:

W. Donn Hayes

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
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HISTORY

According the a news item in HR and the copyright records, Dick Foran was originally to have played the role of Steve Hawley. This picture marked story editor Marshall Grant's first assignment as a ... More Less

According the a news item in HR and the copyright records, Dick Foran was originally to have played the role of Steve Hawley. This picture marked story editor Marshall Grant's first assignment as a producer. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
1 Aug 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
14 Aug 40
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Mar 40
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Apr 40
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Aug 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
6 Aug 40
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
10 Aug 40
p. 34.
Variety
14 Aug 40
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
DETAILS
Release Date:
2 August 1940
Production Date:
began April 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 July 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9773
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
58 or 59
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6287
SYNOPSIS

On the day of the inaguration of the new railroad service from the African seaport of Stanfield to the copper mines at Karanga in the interior, manager Edmund Daniels receives word from the mine that trouble is brewing among the natives. Daniels asks American consul Jeff Worthing to help him stock the train with machine guns and warn passengers against making the trip. When the train pulls out, the travelers, in addition to Daniels and Worthing, include Paul Stacco, a "white god" of the natives who Daniels hopes will be able to peacefully resolve the rebellion; David Wallace, Daniel's secretary; Dr. Greenleaf and his nurse Julie Garrett; Steve Hawley, a young American adventurer; Manek Sen, a mysterious Eurasian; and Slats Breese, an American fight manager looking for a new champ. When Daniels is found with a knife in his chest in Dr. Greenleaf's bed, an interrogation of the passengers reveals that the doctor's name is notorious in medical circles and that Sen is bent on murdering Hawley, who has a map showing the location of a secret ruby deposit. When further investigation reveals that Stacco is in possession of Daniels' papers, Stacco is placed under arrest. Stacco then declares that he has hidden a time bomb on the train. With just seconds to spare, Slats hurls the bomb, hidden in a bottle, through the window. At the next stop, the natives, under Stacco's orders, attack the train, but are beaten back. Later, Worthing reveals that Wallace murdered Daniels because Daniels had discovered that his secretary had stolen mine funds. At Karanga, as the tribes prepare to attack, Worthing and Hawley dot ... +


On the day of the inaguration of the new railroad service from the African seaport of Stanfield to the copper mines at Karanga in the interior, manager Edmund Daniels receives word from the mine that trouble is brewing among the natives. Daniels asks American consul Jeff Worthing to help him stock the train with machine guns and warn passengers against making the trip. When the train pulls out, the travelers, in addition to Daniels and Worthing, include Paul Stacco, a "white god" of the natives who Daniels hopes will be able to peacefully resolve the rebellion; David Wallace, Daniel's secretary; Dr. Greenleaf and his nurse Julie Garrett; Steve Hawley, a young American adventurer; Manek Sen, a mysterious Eurasian; and Slats Breese, an American fight manager looking for a new champ. When Daniels is found with a knife in his chest in Dr. Greenleaf's bed, an interrogation of the passengers reveals that the doctor's name is notorious in medical circles and that Sen is bent on murdering Hawley, who has a map showing the location of a secret ruby deposit. When further investigation reveals that Stacco is in possession of Daniels' papers, Stacco is placed under arrest. Stacco then declares that he has hidden a time bomb on the train. With just seconds to spare, Slats hurls the bomb, hidden in a bottle, through the window. At the next stop, the natives, under Stacco's orders, attack the train, but are beaten back. Later, Worthing reveals that Wallace murdered Daniels because Daniels had discovered that his secretary had stolen mine funds. At Karanga, as the tribes prepare to attack, Worthing and Hawley dot the hills with dynamite and then Worthing orders Hawley back to the compound at gunpoint. The consul dies heroically as he sets off the explosives which break the native's attack, and justice is served as Stacco perishes in the rebellion. +

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