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Zanzibar (1940)




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Lola Lane and James Craig play explorers working on behalf of the British government. Lane and Craig have been assigned to venture deep into the wilds of Africa to retrieve the sacred skull of a long-deceased Sultan. Whoever possesses the skull will have total control over the native population--which is why several sinister gentlemen with Teutonic accents (America wasn't in the war yet, so no nationalities, please) also covet the skull. A reactivated volcano provides a rip-roaring climax for this Universal second feature. Zanzibar was based on a pair of short stories written by Maurice Tombragel and Maurice Wright, who collaborated on the screenplay. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Lola Lane
as Jan Browning
James Craig
as Steve Marland
Tom Fadden
as Rhad Ramsey
Henry Victor
as Mate Simpson
Oscar O'Shea
as Capt. Craig
Lionel Pape
as Michael Drayton
Ray Mala
as Mayla
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Critic Reviews for Zanzibar

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Despite all its melodramatic frenzy, Zanzibar still seems more like a continued-next-week serial than a feature picture.

May 4, 2020 | Full Review…

One of the funniest pictures ever made in all seriousness.

May 4, 2020 | Full Review…

[Zanzibar] is a revelation of what can be achieved in action and scenic effects by the modern film producer.

May 4, 2020 | Full Review…

[Zanzibar] pans out sufficiently.

May 4, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It Is a composite of all the jungle films ever made.

May 4, 2020 | Full Review…

Snarling beasts, fighting, clawing, and scratching, crowd the jungle landscapes, and 'rip-roaring' is the only adjective I can think of to describe these sequences.

May 4, 2020 | Full Review…

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