East of Sumatra
|East of Sumatra|
|Directed by||Budd Boetticher|
|Produced by||Albert J. Cohen|
|Written by||Frank Gill Jr|
|Based on||story by Louis L'Amour and Jack Natteford|
|Edited by||Virgil W. Vogel|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
Duke Mullane (Jeff Chandler), manager of a Malayan tin mine, goes to a little-known island to open a new mine in the jungle. Initially, the natives are friendly, especially dancer Minyora ... who is soon to be married to local ruler King Kiang (Anthony Quinn). A series of unfortunate incidents changes Kiang's attitude to hostility, and Duke is stranded with his crew, Minyora, and his old flame Lory (Marilyn Maxwell), who is engaged to his boss.
- Jeff Chandler as Duke Mullane
- Marilyn Maxwell as Lory Hale
- Anthony Quinn as Kiang
- Suzan Ball as Minyora
- John Sutton as Daniel Catlin
- Jay C. Flippen as Mac
- Scatman Crothers as Baltimore
- Aram Katcher as Atib
- Anthony Eustrel as Clyde
- Eugene Iglesias as Paulo (as Gene Iglesias)
- Peter Graves as Cowboy
- Earl Holliman as Cupid (as Henry Earl Holliman)
- James Craven as Drake
- John Warburton as Gregory Keith
The film was based in part on a treatment by Jack Natteford and Louis L'Amour; the latter, best known for his Westerns, had visited Sumatra while in the merchant marine. In his memoirs, L'Amour called it "my first motion picture":
The story was of tin mining, and made a bit of sense as written. A big company was rushing in to exploit an island, ruled by a Rajah ... He wanted a hospital, medicines, and doctor for his people. The Company wanted to get in and get the tin and get out with as little trouble as possible. The idea was good, the cast was capable - and instead of a meaningful picture, the producers or somebody turned it into a sex and jungle epic. In any jungle picture with a beautiful native girl, you can be almost be [sic] sure that before long you will find her swimming naked or nearly so in a pool, usually with a waterfall, and there the leading man comes upon her. He is often in the pool himself and it leads to what is expected to be a titillating scene. So it was in this case. The sincere young Rajah is largely forgotten; he doesn't get his medicines and his hopes and the picture go down the train.
Director Budd Boetticher later described the movie as "just a fun film to make all my friends some money". Filming started in November 1952.
- Budd Boetticher: The Last Interview Wheeler, Winston Dixon. Film Criticism; Meadville Vol. 26, Iss. 3, (Spring 2002): 52-0_3.
- Box 40, Albert J. Cohen Papers, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa. accessed 18 July 2016
- L'Amour, Louis (29 April 2008). Education of a Wandering Man. Random House Publishing. ISBN 9780553899085.
- Sean Axmaker, 'Ride Lonesome: The Career of Budd Boetticher', Senses of Cinema 7 February 2006 accessed 25 June 2012
- LANA TURNER GETS NEW LEADING MAN: Montalban Replaces Lamas in 'Latin Lovers' -- Studio Says It Alone Made Decision By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 23 Oct 1952: 40.
- COLUMBIA RAISES '53 OUTPUT TOTAL: Will Make 22 Big A Pictures -- Three New Producers From R. K. O., Warners Hired By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 17 Nov 1952: 21.