Tanganyika (film)


Tanganyika is a 1954 American Technicolor action adventure film directed by Andre deToth and starring Van Heflin, Ruth Roman and Howard Duff.[1][2] It was produced and distributed by Universal Pictures.

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Film poster by Reynold Brown
Directed byAndre deToth
Screenplay byWilliam Sackheim
Richard Alan Simmons
Story byWilliam R. Cox
Produced byAlbert J. Cohen
StarringVan Heflin
Ruth Roman
Howard Duff
CinematographyMaury Gertsman
Edited byAl Clark,
Music byJoseph Gershenson
Distributed byUniversal International Pictures
Release date
  • July 3, 1954 (1954-07-03)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States

Plot synopsisEdit

"Territory of East Africa 1903". In the British colonial region adjoining German East Africa (a portion of which was referenced as Tanganyika), tough American colonist John Gale (Van Heflin) is leading a safari to bring in escaped murderer Abel McCracken (Jeff Morrow), who is stirring up the (fictional) Nukumbi tribe and endangering Gale's holdings.[3]

En route, he picks up four survivors of a Nukumbi raid: Dan Harder (Howard Duff), former teacher Peggy (Ruth Roman), and the two orphaned children of her brother who was killed in the raid. Harder is secretly McCracken's brother, while Gale’s motives however have nothing to do with justice or even the charms of Peggy; he hopes to stake a claim on a valuable piece of land. The Nukumbi are lying in wait and, eventually, Gale and McCracken meet in man-to-man combat.[4]



  1. ^ Posters, lobby cards and film stills associated with Tanganyika
  2. ^ Movieman. Tanganyika write-up and collection of lobby cards (Films of the Fifties, January 25, 2013)
  3. ^ Sculthorpe, Derek. Van Heflin: A Life in Film, pages 113–14. McFarland, 2016 ISBN 078649686X
  4. ^ Additional posters, lobby cards and film stills associated with Tanganyika

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