The Naked Earth

The Naked Earth is a 1958 British-American drama film directed by Vincent Sherman and written by Milton Holmes and Harold Buchman.[1] The film stars Richard Todd, Juliette Gréco, John Kitzmiller, Finlay Currie, Laurence Naismith and Christopher Rhodes. The film was released on February 4, 1958, by 20th Century Fox.[2][3][4][5]

The Naked Earth
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVincent Sherman
Produced byAdrian D. Worker
Written byMilton Holmes
Harold Buchman
StarringRichard Todd
Juliette Gréco
John Kitzmiller
Finlay Currie
Laurence Naismith
Christopher Rhodes
Music byArthur Benjamin
CinematographyErwin Hillier
Edited byRussell Lloyd
Foray Films
Four Square Productions
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • February 4, 1958 (1958-02-04) (United Kingdom)
  • June 1958 (1958-06) (United States)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
United Kingdom


The action takes place at the end of the nineteenth century, in East Africa. Danny Halloran, a Briton, comes to find a friend tobacco farmer but fails to do so. He discovers that the farmer died leaving a widow, Maria. Danny falls in love with the young woman and decides to marry her and take over the plantation. When the harvest fails, he goes hunting for crocodiles to trade their skins.



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  2. Crowther, Bosley (1958-08-29). "Movie Review - - 'Naked Earth' Arrives; Juliette Greco Stars in Drama at Mayfair Richard Todd Is Male Lead in Africa Tale". Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  3. Steve Huey. "The Naked Earth (1958) - Vincent Sherman". AllMovie. Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  4. "Naked Earth". Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  5. Lentz III, Harris M. (2008). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2002: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. p. 156. ISBN 9780786452071. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
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