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Death Drums Along the River

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Death Drums Along the River
Death Drums Along the River Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
GER.jpg West Germany
Directed by Lawrence Huntington
Release Date 1963
Studio Big Ben Films
Constantin Film
Hallam Productions
Distributor Constantin Film
Planet Film Distributors
Main Cast
Character Actor
Commissioner Harry Sanders Richard Todd
Dr. Inge Jung Marianne Koch
Dr. Franz Weiss Albert Lieven
Dr. Schneider Walter Rilla
Inspector Tom Hamilton Jeremy Lloyd
Jim Hunter Robert Arden
Nurse Marlene Dorfman Vivi Bach
Jack Pearson Bill Brewer

Death Drums Along the River is a 1963 British-West German adventure movie directed by Lawrence Huntington. The movie features the main character of Edgar Wallace's 1911 novel "Sanders of the River" and the 1935 film by Zoltan Korda, although the plot is totally different. Harry Sanders (Richard Todd), British police Commissioner in West Africa, investigates the diamonds trafficking. The investigation leads him to Dr. Schneider's hospital, located far from civilisation.

In 1965 a sequel Coast of Skeletons was released.

The following weapons were used in the film Death Drums Along the River:

Smith & Wesson Mk II Hand Ejector

The service sidearm of Commissioner Harry Sanders (Richard Todd) is a Smith & Wesson Mk II Hand Ejector revolver. Inspector Tom Hamilton (Jeremy Lloyd) carries a revolver holster of same type but his gun isn't seen.

Smith & Wesson Mk.II Hand Ejector - .455 Webley
Sanders carries a holstered revolver. A small part of the grip can be seen.
Hamilton (at the right) carries a holster.
Sanders holds his revolver during the boat chase.
Sanders puts the revolver back in holster.
Sanders chases Weiss through the jungle.
Sanders raises his revolver.

Unidentified revolver

During the boat chase sequence, Sanders' revolver switches to a different gun of unidentified model, and then back to his Smith & Wesson. It seems to have a ejector rod housed in a tube on the right side of the barrel, like Single Action Army but the frame with a raised upper back differs from SAA. Possibly this scene was partially re-shot in a different location with different props. Curiously, Sanders holds an SAA style revolver on the film poster.

Sanders holds a revolver. What appears to be an ejector rod housing is seen.
The raised upper back of the frame is seen.

Beretta 948

Dr. Franz Weiss (Albert Lieven) owns a Beretta 948, a .22 caliber post-war version of Beretta M1934 with 150 mm target barrel. Strangely, the typical magazine spur isn't seen so possibly the pistol is used without the magazine.

Beretta 948 with 150mm barrel - .22LR
With a well-aimed shot, Weiss saves Dr. Inge Jung (Marianne Koch) from a poisonous snake.
Another view of the same scene.
Weiss holds his pistol during the boat chase.
A close-up of the rear part of the pistol.
Dr. Franz Weiss (Albert Lieven) holds the pistol on a promotional image.

See Also

Edgar Wallace
Pre-WWII Films The Squeaker (1931)  •  Sanders of the River (1935)
Edgar Wallace Mysteries (1960–1965) 47 films
Other 1940s-1970s British films and TV series
Rialto Film (1959-1972) Face of the Frog (1959)  •  The Crimson Circle (1960)  •  The Terrible People (1960)  •  The Green Archer (1961)  •  The Dead Eyes of London (1961)  •  The Devil's Daffodil (1961)  •  The Forger of London (1961)  •  The Strange Countess (1961)  •  The Puzzle of the Red Orchid (1962)  •  The Door with Seven Locks (1962)  •  The Inn on the River (1962)  •  The Squeaker (1963)  •  The Black Abbot (1963)  •  The Indian Scarf (1963)  •  Room 13 (1964)  •  The Curse of the Hidden Vault (1964)  •  The Ringer (1964)  •  Traitor's Gate (1964)  •   Again the Ringer (1965)  •  The Sinister Monk (1965)  •  The Hunchback of Soho (1966)  •  The Trygon Factor (1966)  •  Creature with the Blue Hand (1967)  •  The Monk with the Whip (1967)  •  The Horror of Blackwood Castle (1968)  •  The Zombie Walks (1968)  •  Gorilla Gang (1968)  •  The Man with the Glass Eye (1969)  •  Double Face (1969)  •  Angels of Terror (1971)  •  What Have You Done to Solange? (1972)  •  Seven Blood-Stained Orchids (1972)
Harry Alan Towers' British-German Film Series Death Drums Along the River (1963)  •  Coast of Skeletons (1965)  •  Circus of Fear (1966)  •  Five Golden Dragons (1967)
German Kurt Ulrich-Film and CCC-Film Productions The Avenger (1960)  •  The Curse of the Yellow Snake (1963)  •  The Devil Came from Akasava (1971)
Parodies The Trixxer (2004)  •  The Vexxer (2007)

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