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Star of India

7) ou nlUnited Artists (5623)

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Coslume Drama

Rel. June "50

A routine costume drama, similar to several Cornel Wilde

made for Columbia and RKO several years back, this will

satisfy action-minded fans and make a fair supporting dualler

generally. Wilde and his wife. Jean Wallace, (they re- ;.

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cently stt»rred together in "Storm Fear" for UA) supply the i.

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marquee value, the rest of the cast is British. Produced in

France by Raymond Stress, the picture has lavish castle settings

and costumes, which look exquisite in Technicolor,

but the few exteriors could have been filmed in the U. S.

As directed by Arthur Lubln, the plot is far-fetched and full

of intrigue and swordplay revolving around the Star of India,

a fabulous diamond which was stolen from a Dutch collection

by a scheming French Vicomte. However, there is

surprisingly httle suspense. Wilde plays a dashing French

nobleman effectively enough, but the flaxon-haired Miss Wallace,

playing a beautiful Dutch widow, merely acts and talks

like Marie Wilson in nth Century costumes. Herbert Lorn

and Basil Sydney (as Louis XIV of France) wear their

wigs and rich robes with the proper flair and Yvonne Sanson

makes a beautiful Madame de Montespan, the King's

mistress.

Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Herbert Lom, Basil Sydney,

Yvonne Sanson, Walter Rilla. John Slater.

Zanzabuku

Republic (5508) 64 Minutes Rel. May '56

This has authentic, always interesting and at times

exciting Trucolor scenes of an expedition among African

wildlife and natives. It rates high as a supporting feature

because of the great variety of wildlife shown, some of which

will appeal to any type of patron, and its reasonable 64-

minute footage. Besides more or less conventional shots of

-^ birds, beasts and huge snakes, there are scenes of really

,.,,'^ dangerous encounters to which added interest is lent by the

participation of a teenager. The most striking are repeated

attacks on a jeep by a rhinoceros; the jeep is finally overturned

and its occupants forced to flee for their lives.

Another exciting moment is when a young elephant ts

captured alive despite the charges of the herd, and still

another the spearing of a vicious leopard. There are also

appealing views of animals and monkeys that had been

tamed by Carr Hartley, famous game collector, to be sold

to zoos. Their evident contentment in captivity removes any

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regret at seeing wildlife captured. Scenes of tribal

are colorful but nothing really new is offered. The title,

translated, means dangerous safari. The film lives up to

the title. Produced by Lewis Cotlow. explorer and author.

Photographed by Fred Ford, Fred Ford jr. and John

Coquillon.

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