Cast & Crew
Big game trapper Harry Stanton is commissioned by a West German zoo to go to the Malay jungle and capture a rare breed of cat called "The Enchantress," a combination of tiger and leopard. Accompanying him is Otto Abbot, a professional hunter, and Otto's mistress Anna. After netting two tigers, they set out after their prize quarry. Friction develops between the two men when Harry makes it apparent that he intends to take Anna away from Otto, although Anna rejects the trapper's advances. They trap the sought-after animal in a cave, and Otto tries to prove himself by entering the cave armed only with a blazing torch. He is badly mauled; but Harry comes to the rescue and captures the huge cat. Once back in Germany, Anna admits to Otto that she has fallen in love with Harry. While they are taking the Enchantress to its destination by freight train, the jealous Otto releases the animal when Harry is alone with it in the baggage car; but his life is saved when the van doors are opened, and the cat leaps from the train. After killing a janitor, the cat stalks the roof of an apartment house. Harry and Anna, both armed, follow it, only to discover that Otto is already on the trail. He attempts to shoot Harry but instead is killed by the snarling cat, which is then shot by Anna.
Robert I. Holt
George James Hopkins
Jean Burt Reilly
Thomas D. Tannenbaum
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During this time, Mitchum also agreed to play an American trapper tracking a rare tiger-leopard hybrid in the Malaya-set melodrama Rampage (1963), opposing veteran hunter Jack Hawkins for the love of gimlet-eyed orphan Elsa Martinelli and hanging his binocular case on the rounded shoulders of an aging Sabu. A Warner Brothers release directed by former film noir specialist Phil Karlson, Rampage was adapted from a 1961 novel by Alan Samuel Lyle-Smythe, a former British intelligence officer who saw action in North Africa during World War II and escaped execution in an Italian concentration camp. After stints as a big game hunter and actor, Lyle-Smythe penned a series of adventure novels based on his experiences, signing most of them as "Alan Caillou" (his professional surname derived from his wartime alias) and later emigrated to Hollywood, where he wrote for such weekly series as The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The Rat Patrol, wrote such features as Village of the Giants (1965) and The Losers (1970), and turned up in character parts in such films as Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask (1972).
In later years, Robert Mitchum would dismiss Rampage as "a lot of dancing girls, banjo playing and bull." In his own memoirs, Anything for a Quiet Life, costar Jack Hawkins recalled that a bored but playful Mitchum enjoyed antagonizing cast and crew alike by pretending time and again to lose his shooting script. Mitchum otherwise enjoyed the paid vacation to Hawaii, where exteriors were shot (and where he trucked his entire family during a period of reconciliation with wife Dorothy). Stateside, Mitchum maintained his characteristically unflappable game face for endless process shots filmed against rear projection screens and within soundstage caverns studded with polystyrene boulders. Happily, a disinterested Mitchum is never an uninteresting Mitchum and the actor brings his unique admixture of drowsy indomitability to conversation scenes set aboard steamships and locomotives before a tense climax set on the streets and rooftops of Munich. Kicking it up a notch is a fine score by Elmer Bernstein, punctuated by a catchy title song composed by Bernstein and Mack David.
A career blip for Robert Mitchum, Rampage marked the penultimate feature film appearance of East Indian actor Sabu (born Selar Shaik Sabu in Mysore, Karapur, in 1924). The puckish teenaged star of The Thief of Bagdad (1940), Jungle Book (1942) and Cobra Woman (1944) became a US citizen in 1944 and served the American war effort during the Second World War as an Air Force bellygunner but found diminished career opportunities during peacetime. In England, Sabu added value to Powell and Pressburger's exquisite Himalayan melodrama Black Narcissus (1947) and kicked around the Continent for ten years with only a handful of feature film assignments to show for his efforts. In December 1963, only two months after Rampage's American premiere, the 38 year-old actor died of a sudden heart attack at his Chatsworth, California home. His final film, Disney's A Tiger Walks (1964), was released posthumously.
Producer: William Fadiman
Director: Phil Karlson
Screenplay: Robert I. Holt, Marguerite Roberts (screenplay); Alan Caillou (novel); Jerome Bixby (screen story, uncredited)
Cinematography: Harold Lipstein
Art Direction: Herman Blumenthal
Music: Elmer Bernstein
Film Editing: Gene Milford
Cast: Robert Mitchum (Harry Stanton), Elsa Martinelli (Anna), Jack Hawkins (Otto Abbot), Sabu (Talib), Cely Carillo (Chep), Émile Genest (Schelling), Stefan Schnabel (Sakai Chief), David Cadiente (Baka).
by Richard Harland Smith
Robert Mitchum: "Baby, I Don't Care" by Lee Server (St. Martin's Griffin, 2002)
Mitchum: In His Own Words by Jerry Roberts (Limelight Editions, 2002)
Robert Mitchum on the Screen by Alvin H. Marill, (A. S. Barnes, 1978)
Robert Mitchum by David Dowling (W. H. Allen, 1985)
Alan Caillou obituary, Variety, October 3, 2006
Interview with Alan Caillou, Starlog, March 1998
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Location scenes filmed in Hawaii and the San Diego Zoo. Also known as Jungle Rampage.
Released in United States 1963
Released in United States 1963