Cast & Crew
Roving camera reporter Marsh Conners is assigned to strife-torn Africa to photograph part of the Cold War. The West has sent a task force of scientists in an attempt to stamp out an epidemic affecting the cattle of the regions surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro. Conners meets and falls in love with Dr. Marie Avedon, who, along with Dr. Trino, the head bacteriologist, has convinced the Masai of the need for cattle inoculation. The authorities get white hunter Kris Aschan to pen up the big game for the tests. Various species of African wildlife are rounded up by lasso. The Masai rebel and cause a stampede when zebras, sacred to their tribe, are captured and penned up. All these animals must be captured and destroyed as a precaution. A giant vulture, shot down on a hunch, proves to be the virus carrier. Connors leaves, knowing that Marie will be happier with Dr. Trino.
Edwin E. Olsen
Filmed on location in British East Africa. According to one source, filming took place in Uganda. Rome opening: June-July 1957 as La grande caccia; running time: 85 min. Released in Great Britain in March 1962 as The Big Search; running time: 72 min. An Italian source credits M. Levor as author of story; English language sources credit Goldstone and Mainwaring.