Tanganyika (film)

Tanganyika is a 1954 American Technicolor action adventure film directed by Andre deToth and starring Van Heflin, Ruth Roman and Howard Duff.[1][2]

Film poster by Reynold Brown
Directed byAndre deToth
Produced byAlbert J. Cohen
Screenplay byWilliam Sackheim
and Richard Alan Simmons
Based onstory by William R. Cox
StarringVan Heflin
Ruth Roman
Howard Duff
Music byJoseph Gershenson
(musical direction)
CinematographyMaury Gertsman A. S. C.
Edited byAl Clark, A. C. E.
Distributed byUniversal International
Release date
  • July 3, 1954 (1954-07-03)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States

Plot synopsis

"Territory of East Africa 1903". In the British colonial region adjoining German East Africa (a portion of which was referenced as Tanganyika), tough American colonist John Gale (Van Heflin) is leading a safari to bring in escaped murderer Abel McCracken (Jeff Morrow), who is stirring up the (fictional) Nukumbi tribe and endangering Gale's holdings.[3]

En route, he picks up four survivors of a Nukumbi raid: Dan Harder (Howard Duff), former teacher Peggy (Ruth Roman), and the two orphaned children of her brother who was killed in the raid. Harder is secretly McCracken's brother, while Gale’s motives however have nothing to do with justice or even the charms of Peggy; he hopes to stake a claim on a valuable piece of land. The Nukumbi are lying in wait and, eventually, Gale and McCracken meet in man-to-man combat.[4]



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