Tanganyika (1954)

80-81 mins | Drama | July 1954

Full page view
HISTORY

Although the Jun 1954 LAEx review states that Tanganyika was shot entirely in California with stock footage of jungle animals added in, press materials report that "more than half of the production time" was spent shooting in "remote location settings." Those locations, if any, remain unidentified. According to a Sep 1952 "Rambling Reporter" item in HR , Lauren Bacall was considered for the role of "Peggy Marion." The NYT reported in May 1956 that Tanganyika was banned in India for "presenting 'disparaging' impressions of life in ... More Less

Although the Jun 1954 LAEx review states that Tanganyika was shot entirely in California with stock footage of jungle animals added in, press materials report that "more than half of the production time" was spent shooting in "remote location settings." Those locations, if any, remain unidentified. According to a Sep 1952 "Rambling Reporter" item in HR , Lauren Bacall was considered for the role of "Peggy Marion." The NYT reported in May 1956 that Tanganyika was banned in India for "presenting 'disparaging' impressions of life in Africa." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
12 Jun 1954.
---
Daily Variety
8 Jun 54
p. 3.
Film Daily
22 Jun 54
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Sep 53
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Oct 53
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Oct 53
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jun 54
p. 3.
Los Angeles Examiner
10 Jun 1954.
---
Los Angeles Mirror
9 Jun 1954.
---
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
12 Jun 54
p. 26.
New York Times
19 Jun 54
p. 9.
New York Times
20 May 1956.
---
Variety
9 Jun 54
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Asst cam
Asst cam
Stills
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
Makeup
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
Tech adv
COLOR PERSONNEL
Technicolor col consultant
DETAILS
Release Date:
July 1954
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 9 June 1954
New York opening: 18 June 1954
Production Date:
mid October--late November 1953
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
11 May 1954
Copyright Number:
LP3712
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
80-81
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
16906
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1903 in British East Africa, American John Gale and his partner, Duffy, run a lumber business. When an escaped murderer, Abel McCracken, incites the Mukumbi tribe of warriors into pillaging local villages and businesses, John assembles a safari to track him down. He soon reaches the ruins of McCracken's most recent attack, where a man has been shot with an arrow and left to die. John cauterizes the man's wound and instructs his workers to carry the man, who is McCracken's brother but identifies himself as Dan Harder. The next day, the group stumbles onto a Mukumbi attack of a small farmhouse. The owner, Bob Marion, has just been killed, and his sister Peggy guards his children, Andy and Sally. The safari chases away the Mukumbi, after which John, who is anxious to stay on McCracken's trail, invites the defenseless family to accompany him. Peggy wants John to escort them to Nairobi so she can leave Africa, and scorns his decision to protect his business instead of their lives. The whole group sets out the next morning, with Peggy dressed in impractical but proper attire. John's right-hand man, Andolo, brings donkeys for the children to ride, and although John originally barks that they will attract predatory animals, he grumpily allows them after noting the children's disappointment. One night, after days of trekking, John spurns both Dan's efforts to raise doubts about McCracken's guilt and Peggy's attempt to seduce him into heading to Nairobi. The next day, when the group must cross a crocodile-infested river, John carries a petrified Peggy and deliberately drops her into the water. She then hides behind a tree to wring out her clothes and ... +


In 1903 in British East Africa, American John Gale and his partner, Duffy, run a lumber business. When an escaped murderer, Abel McCracken, incites the Mukumbi tribe of warriors into pillaging local villages and businesses, John assembles a safari to track him down. He soon reaches the ruins of McCracken's most recent attack, where a man has been shot with an arrow and left to die. John cauterizes the man's wound and instructs his workers to carry the man, who is McCracken's brother but identifies himself as Dan Harder. The next day, the group stumbles onto a Mukumbi attack of a small farmhouse. The owner, Bob Marion, has just been killed, and his sister Peggy guards his children, Andy and Sally. The safari chases away the Mukumbi, after which John, who is anxious to stay on McCracken's trail, invites the defenseless family to accompany him. Peggy wants John to escort them to Nairobi so she can leave Africa, and scorns his decision to protect his business instead of their lives. The whole group sets out the next morning, with Peggy dressed in impractical but proper attire. John's right-hand man, Andolo, brings donkeys for the children to ride, and although John originally barks that they will attract predatory animals, he grumpily allows them after noting the children's disappointment. One night, after days of trekking, John spurns both Dan's efforts to raise doubts about McCracken's guilt and Peggy's attempt to seduce him into heading to Nairobi. The next day, when the group must cross a crocodile-infested river, John carries a petrified Peggy and deliberately drops her into the water. She then hides behind a tree to wring out her clothes and is further infuriated after a monkey steals her corset. Soon after, one of the donkeys gets loose, and when a furious John goes after it, he is almost killed by a tiger. The group finally reaches the lumber camp, where they find the business wrecked and Duffy killed. Despondent, John offers to give Dan and Peggy half the safari so they can go to Nairobi alone, but they decide to stay with him. At the camp that night, as John and Peggy realize that they have feelings for each other, Andy shouts a warning that narrowly saves them from an attack by a Mukumbi warrior. They imprison the warrior, but after everyone is asleep, Dan releases him and orders him to lead the way to McCracken. They reach Tanganyika, the country in which McCracken reigns over a village of warriors, and Dan is warmly welcomed by his brother. Dan is almost convinced of McCracken's sanity until he spots liquor bottles imprinted with John's lumber company name, proving McCracken was behind the attack. When Dan entreats him to return to America and plead insanity, McCracken responds that he will stop at nothing to retain his freedom. Meanwhile, John's safari trails Dan, and when they stop to shoot a rampaging elephant, Andy and Sally race off after their spooked donkey. They promptly get lost, and John and Peggy wander all night looking for them. John attempts to comfort Peggy, but just then, the Mukumbi appear. They have forcibly brought Dan with them to take the safari members prisoner. Upon hearing that McCracken is holding the children hostage so that the safari will come to Tanganyika with all their belongings, John punches Dan, who protests that he now realizes his brother is insane and must be stopped. That night, John, Dan, Peggy and Andolo secretly rig their supply cases of dynamite and then, as they draw close to Tanganyika the next day, hide them at intervals and light the fuses, which are set to detonate soon after they reach the village. Finally, they are brought before McCracken, who reveals that he is keeping Andy and Sally as security against the British government. John learns that the army is already approaching, and although McCracken scoffs at him, soon the dynamite crates begin to explode one after the other. Believing they are being invaded, the Mukumbi panic and run into the jungle while McCracken grabs his rifles. Dan frees the children, but as Peggy ushers them into the protection of the jungle, McCracken spots his brother and shoots him. Dan collapses into John's arms, where he soon dies. John throws the last stick of dynamite into McCracken's tent, and when he is satisfied that the despot has been killed, joins Peggy and the children on their way to Nairobi. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.