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Duel in the Jungle (1954)

In Rhodesia, the accidental death of a diamond broker raises suspicions with his American insurer which sends a claims investigator to clarify the matter.


George Marshall


Samuel Marx (screenplay) (as Sam Marx), T.J. Morrison (screenplay) (as T.J.Morrison) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Andrews ... Scott Walters
Jeanne Crain ... Marian Taylor
David Farrar ... Perry Henderson / Arthur Henderson
Patrick Barr ... Superintendent Roberts
George Coulouris ... Captain Malburn
Charles Goldner Charles Goldner ... Martell
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Pitt (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Mary Merrall ... Mrs. Henderson
Heather Thatcher ... A Lady on S.S. Nigeria
Michael Mataka Michael Mataka ... Vincent
Paul Carpenter Paul Carpenter ... Pan American Airways Clerk
Delphi Lawrence Delphi Lawrence ... Pan American Girl
Mary Mackenzie Mary Mackenzie ... Junior Secretary
Bee Duffell Bee Duffell ... Irish Landlady
Alec Finter Alec Finter ... Waiter


An American insurance investigator is sent to Rhodesia to investigate the mysterious death of a diamond broker who drowned whilst diving off the coast. The broker was insured for $1 million so the insurerers are suspicious. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Through screeching jungle haunts, across the veldt of violence, past lion fang and boa coil... they shadowed the 'Dead man of the Transvaal' they had to bring back alive! See more »




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Release Date:

21 August 1954 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording)


Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Assistant director Tony Kelly disappeared whilst shooting second-unit footage along the Zambesi River in Rhodesia. When the crew's boat overturned, the other two crewmen were able to swim to safety, but Kelly, although the strongest swimmer of them all, disappeared in the water. It is thought he was trying to save the camera equipment and many theories were offered for the disappearance, the most fearful being that he had been taken by crocodiles. No body was ever found. See more »


After Victor is whipped, he dons a shirt for the first and only time the next day, one supposes to hide the welts and cuts sustained in the scourging. The following day, he is sans shirt again, with no marks on his body from the severe whipping. See more »


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The Night Belongs To Me
Music by Mischa Spoliansky (uncredited)
Lyric by Norman Newell
Sung by Michael Mataka (uncredited)
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High fashion in the outback
18 June 2019 | by MarlburianSee all my reviews

When I saw the listing on Britain's Talking Pictures TV channel, I predicted that it would include travelogue footage, back projection and a woman remaining glamorous despite the privations of the outback.

So it proved. Dana Andrews plays an insurance investigator suspicious of David Farrar's reported death that will cost his company $2 million ($19 million in 2019). From London he travels to Africa, where he proves a rugged, outdoors type, adeptness with a duelling pistol being one of his skills.

Along the way he shows a great deal of interest in Jeanne Crain, the fiancée of the missing man; in today's politically-correct environment it would be seen as harassment. On arrival in Rhodesia, Crain is escorted by a group of natives to where her fiancé is hiding out. (I did wonder how "politically correct" this would have been in 1950s' Rhodesia?) Back in London she's a personal assistant but seems to adapt to outdoor rigours very easily. Happily when she's reunited with Farrar in a remote native village, she has access to half-a-dozen highly-fashionable outfits, including an evening dress. Andrews also benefits from several changes of clothes, though one might guess that these were loaned to him by Farrar.

The film ends with a chase down the river, ending with Crain falling into the river and getting soaked. A few minutes later, her hair has recovered its elegance and her smart yellow dress (with petticoat underneath) still looks good.

Several well-know actors have minor roles, including Wilfred Hyde White (as charming as ever), Walter Gotell and Paul Carpenter, on his way to starring in B (or C) pictures.

A very average film, then, though the scenes shot on location are better than usual for the period. Almost inevitably, there are incidents (several) with snakes, a lion v tiger fight and a cute monkey.

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