East of Sumatra Film Details
Overview: Tough Duke Mullane tries to open a new mine in the jungle, but the natives turn hostile…except for one lissome dancer.
Tagline: For her savage kisses … he plundered the last forgotten corner of the earth !
Review: So-so adventure drama set in remote Sumatra , recreated in studios , and hampared by a poor script. At the beginning a striking opening sequence in which Chandler as a ruthlessly efficient tough man who shoots a member of his crew for turning up drunk and risking lives on the site by playing silly games with dynamite . Later on , the crew is packed off to prospect on a far Pacific Island , as Duke (Jeff Chandler) arrives in a island as a manager of a Malayan tin mine . Initially, the natives there are friendly, especially dancer Minyora who proves to be affianced to local ruler King Kiang (Anthony Quinn) . A series of unfortunate incidents changes Kiang’s attitude to hostility, and Duke is stranded with his crew, as well as Minyora (Susan Ball , a wonderful woman , who died early at 21 by cancer) , and his old flame Lory (Marilyn Maxwell) who’s also engaged to his boss (John Sutton) . Then , things go wrong , and jungle drums naturally start to throb and poisoned darts to fly . At the end takes place a tense climax in a fight with flaming torches and Machetes . For her savage kisses … he plundered the last forgotten corner of the earth !Are romantic triangles more deadly than poisoned darts? Drama , oriental adventure , noisy action , intrigue , a triangular romance story , in which a mining engineer goes to a little-known island to open a new mine in the jungle. Budget limitations starts to show in the awful backdrop of jungle , rocks , and matte-paintings , as their plane lands . Pleasantly filmed romantic/adventure drama , all very stiff-upper-lip , here outstanding a pretty good main and support cast. As Jeff Chandler is good as Duke Mullane who tries to open a new mine in the jungle, but the natives turn hostile , except for one gorgeous native girl . Chandler gives stature to the role , providing sincerity and bravura . Chandler was famous , until his early death , for playing Indian chief Cochise , a dignified portrait well shown in : ¨Broken arrow¨ , ¨Battle of Apache Pass¨ and ¨Taza , son of Cochise¨ . Although Chandler also played all kinds of genres , such as : ¨Return to Peyton Place¨(drama) , ¨Flame of Araby¨ (adventure) , ¨Merrill’s marauders¨ (wartime , in his last film) , until his early death at 42-year-old .While Anthony Quinn plays as the island’s king , a man of honour and some civilisation who has ceded the mineral rights against a promise of medical supplies for his people . Important and prestigious secondary cast such as : John Sutton as the penny-pinching head office , Jay C. Flippen , Scatman Crothers , Eugene Iglesias , Peter Graves and Earl Holliman. Along with the beautiful actress Susan Ball as a lissome dancer who is in the curvaceous shape as a jungle princess disporting herself in a rock pool ; she had a brief career , giving a below-average acting, but it doesn’s mind because being gorgeous . The tragic Ball sustained a leg injury that eventually to end her life aged 21 , these ¨East of Sumatra¨, ¨War arrow¨ ,¨Chief Crazy Horse¨ both of them directed by George Sherman , resulted to be his last films . The motion picture was regularly directed by Budd Boetticher who has since become a cult figure and he was a Western expert . His first Western was in 1949 called The Wolf Hunters, following Cimarron Kid , Bronco buster , Horizons West , Seminole, and Wings of the hawk . In 1956 with 7 Men From Now starts his collaboration with Randolph Scott, along with producer Harry Joe Brown and writer Burt Kennedy , including prestigious titles as Tall T, Decision at sundown, Buchanan rides alone , Ride lonesome, Comanche station , among others. His last Western was in 1969 titled A time for dying with Audie Murphy. Rating 5/10 . The movie will appeal to adventure aficionados and Jeff Chandler fans .
Country: United States
Duration: 82 min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance
Also known as: Sumatra İlâhesi,Ao Sul de Sumatra,Fanget i junglen,La est de Sumatra,Gefangene des Dschungels,Gevangenen van het oerwoud,Al este de Sumatra,Sumatran viidakoissa,East of Sumatra,Távol Szumátrától,I djungelns våld,Sumatra, Terra de Paixões,Ad est di Sumatra,À l’est de Sumatra,Sti zougla tis Sumatras,Oost van Sumatra