Zanzibar (1940)

Genres - Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - France, Switzerland, USA  |  
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Lola Lane and James Craig play explorers working on behalf of the British government. Lane and Craig have been assigned to venture deep into the wilds of Africa to retrieve the sacred skull of a long-deceased Sultan. Whoever possesses the skull will have total control over the native population--which is why several sinister gentlemen with Teutonic accents (America wasn't in the war yet, so no nationalities, please) also covet the skull. A reactivated volcano provides a rip-roaring climax for this Universal second feature. Zanzibar was based on a pair of short stories written by Maurice Tombragel and Maurice Wright, who collaborated on the screenplay.

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ancient, art, artifact, Britain, control, exploration, jungle, lost, mind-control, native, Nazism, outwit, owner, population, rescue, return, sacred, search, skull, Sultan, survivor, volcano