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The copyright year on the print viewed was 1957, although it was not registered for copyright until 1958. The Variety review reports that this film consisted of two unsold pilots for a television series, African Drumbeat, shot in South Africa in 1955. The review states that the pilots were subsequently tied together with material shot in Hollywood. However, a modern source suggests that it is more likely that the additional material was shot in Britain. A Daily Variety news item of November 14, 1957 indicates that Twentieth Century-Fox had acquired the independently produced film for distribution. Although the foreign filming was done in color, the feature was released in black-and-white.