The script, which was written on a day-to-day basis as the film was being shot, concerns the adventures of a motley crew of swindlers and ne'er-do-wells trying to lay claim to land rich in uranium deposits in Kenya as they wait in a small Italian port to travel aboard an ill-fated tramp steamer en route to Mombasa.

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  1. John Huston

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Truman Capote


  3. Claud Cockburn


Top Billed Cast

  1. Humphrey Bogart

    Humphrey Bogart

    Billy Dannreuther

  2. Jennifer Jones

    Jennifer Jones

    Mrs. Gwendolen Chelm

  3. Gina Lollobrigida

    Gina Lollobrigida

    Maria Dannreuther

  4. Robert Morley

    Robert Morley


  5. Peter Lorre

    Peter Lorre

    Julius O'Hara

  6. Edward Underdown

    Edward Underdown

    Harry Chelm

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 29m

Budget $1,000,000.00

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • November 24, 1953



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