Review: ‘Sundown’

An adventurous melodrama, unfolded in a colonial outpost of British East Africa, Sundown is an interesting tale of its type. Locale is cinematically fresh, the Kenya country near the Abyssinian border. Barre Lyndon's screenplay of own SatEvePost story neatly mixes informative material of conditions with interesting drama of conditions on East African front; while Henry Hathaway directs in straight line to hold audience attention, and accentuate the dramatic highlights en route.

An adventurous melodrama, unfolded in a colonial outpost of British East Africa, Sundown is an interesting tale of its type. Locale is cinematically fresh, the Kenya country near the Abyssinian border. Barre Lyndon’s screenplay of own SatEvePost story neatly mixes informative material of conditions with interesting drama of conditions on East African front; while Henry Hathaway directs in straight line to hold audience attention, and accentuate the dramatic highlights en route.

Story details the British administration of colonies, and the far-reaching efforts of Nazi agents to foment native uprisings against the British. Bruce Cabot is local commissioner of Manieka, being joined by army officer George Sanders, who is detailed to uncover gun-running plot to natives. Carl Esmond, secret Nazi agent, arrives posing as mining engineer; also Gene Tierney, operator of large caravans and network of native trading posts.

1941: Nominations: Best B&W Cinematography, B&W Art Direction, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture

Sundown

Production

Wanger/United Artists. Director Henry Hathaway; Producer Walter Wanger; Screenplay Barre Lyndon; Camera Charles Lang; Editor Dorothy Spencer; Music Miklos Rozsa; Art Director Alexander Golitzen

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1941. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

Gene Tierney Bruce Cabot George Sanders Harry Carey Joseph Calleia Reginald Gardiner
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