|Killers of Kilimanjaro|
Theatrical film poster
|Directed by||Richard Thorpe|
|Produced by||John R Sloane|
Albert R. Broccoli
|Screenplay by||John Gilling|
|Based on||story by Cyril Hume and Richard Maibaum|
from book African Bush Adventures by J. Hunter and Daniel P. Mannix
|Music by||William Alwyn|
|Edited by||Geoffrey Foot|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
The film was originally known as Adamson of Africa.
- Robert Taylor as Robert Adamson
- Anthony Newley as Hooky Hook
- Anne Aubrey as Jane Carlton
- Donald Pleasence as Captain
- Grégoire Aslan as Ben Ahmed
- Allan Cuthbertson as Sexton
- Martin Benson as Ali
- Orlando Martins as Chief
- John Dimech as Pasha
- Martin Boddey as Gunther
Warwick Films had made three films in Africa, Safari, Zarak and Odongo. The movie was announced in July 1956 and inspired by the story of the Tsavo maneaters recounted in the 1954 book African Bush Adventures by J.A. Hunter and Daniel P. Mannix. It was vased on a story by Richard Maibaum and Cyril Hume. (Warwick also announced they would make a second African film, the musical The Golden Fiddle, which would ultimately not be made.)
A screenplay was dne by Peter Viertel, who had worked on The African Queen, and written a novel of the experiences called White Hunter, Black Heart. In September 1957 Alan Ladd, who had made three films for Warwick, was the announced as male lead – it was meant to be part of a six-picture deal between Ladd and Warwick worth $2 million that also included The Man Inside and It's Always Four O'Clock.
In the final event Ladd made no further films for Warwick - the lead role went to Robert Taylor. Taylor signed in January 1959 at which time the film was called African Bush. Co-stars Anthony Newley and Anne Aubrey were under contract to Warwick, and had just made Idol on Parade for the company.
The film's title was changed to Killers of Kilimanjaro. This upset Chief Thomas Marealle of the Chagga tribe, on whose lands the film was shot, and he made an official complaint. Mount Kilimanjaro lies about 125 kilometres (78 mi) west of Tsavo in Tanzania.
The Monthly Film Bulletin said "enthusiasts for screen slaughter should be amply entertained."
The New York Times called it "a compendium of jungle cliches".
According to Jeffrey Richards, movies such as Killers of Kilimanjaro pushed the narrative that the British were not in East Africa to further their own ends, but instead perpetuated the myth that they were there to protect the natives from the evil Arab slavers.
- Men Against the Sun (1952)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- ""KILLERS" KILL THE CHIEF'S ENTHUSIASM: BRITISH FILM TITLE"". The Guardian. 1 September 1959. p. 11.
- Advertisement The Spectator; London Vol. 193, Iss. 6593, (Nov 5, 1954): 559.
- OSCAR GODBOUT (17 July 1956). "WARWICK TO MAKE 2 FILMS IN AFRICA: Company Plans Productions of 'Adamson of Africa' and 'Golden City,' a Musical M-G-M Misses One of Four". New York Times. p. 19.
- Schallert, Edwin (16 September 1957). "Alan Ladd Gets Huge England Deal; Hunting Film Stars Prime Trio". Los Angeles Times. p. C11.
- "London". Variety. 21 January 1959. p. 86.
- IDLE ON PARADE makes Laughter in the Cinema Picture Show; London Vol. 72, Iss. 1880, (Apr 11, 1959): 5.
- "Taylor Off to Africa," The Washington Post and Times Herald, 15 Feb 1959: A5.
- MILTON BRACKER (22 March 1959). "WARUSHA, WACHAGGA & 'ADAMSON': Native Spear Carriers Prove Shrewd Actors In African Movie". New York Times. Moshi, Tanganyika.. p. X7.
- Of Local Origin New York Times 13 Apr 1959: 36.
- "KILLERS KILL THE CHIEF'S ENTHUSIASM: British film title". The Guardian. London (UK). 1 September 1959. p. 11.
- KILLERS OF KILIMANJARO Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 26, Iss. 300, (Jan 1, 1959): 150.
- Robert Taylor in 'Killers of Kilimanjaro' Archer, Eugene. New York Times 7 Apr 1960: 46.
- Jeffrey Richards, Visions of Yesterday (London: Routledge, 1973), p. 149.
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