My stars, what a cheater! --- and so late as
1964. Never such a glut of stock footage, going back to the 30's, no less.
East Of Sudan was produced by Charles H. Schneer, earning sneers here (I had to
say that) for taking admissions under brazenly false pretense. Source of all
action, that is activity involving more than a handful of cast, was Korda's The
Four Feathers, circa 1939, originally Technicolor, though footage borrowed here
looks wan and distressed.Stock from that one must have come cheap or was sold
aggressively, as it seemed to turn up frequent in budget-challenged actioners.
Only Hell's Angels andOne Million B.C.got more second-hand play.
East Of Sudan's mission is to reach Khartoum
before the Brit stronghold falls, this two years before Chuck Heston presided
over similar effort. Trek ramrod is Anthony Quayle, rugged again as he was in
Tarzan's Greatest Adventure, but denied dialogue as credible. In fact, writing
is particularly bad here, and I'm usually forbearing as to that --- well, you
can only take so much --- were it not for ongoing outrage of process screens
(folks fleeing elephant charges from twenty years past), I'd have chucked Sudan
for another Johnny Mack Brown. Don't blame Columbia though: their On-Demand disc,
Techniscope and all, serves EOS well as possible under trying weight of its