|Directed by||Hugo Fregonese|
|Written by||Sydney Boehm|
|Based on||novel by David Walker|
|Produced by||John Brabourne|
|Starring|| Barbara Rush |
I. S. Johar
|Edited by||Reginald Beck|
|Music by||Clifton Parker|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||451,824 admissions (France)|
Harry Black (later titled Harry Black and the Tiger) is a 1958 British film adaptation of the novel Harry Black by David Walker, released by 20th Century Fox.
The film stars Stewart Granger, Barbara Rush, Anthony Steel, and I. S. Johar in a BAFTA nominated role. It was shot in India.
Professional hunter Harry Black is in India. He wants to bag a tiger that is threatening a nearby village. As he proceeds on his journey, he encounters numerous people, including the young, and maybe too smart, Desmond Tanner and his wife Chris, who was Harry's past love.
The book was published in 1956. It was by David Walker, who had been an officer in the British army and an aide to John Buchan. Walker had emigrated to Canada.
The New York Times called it "a most intelligent novel".An obituary of Walker said " the symbolism and allegorical overtones helped raise it to the level of a kind of jungle Moby Dick ."
Film rights were purchased by 20th Century Fox in March 1956.
In July 1957 John Brabourne was assigned to produce, in part because he was son-in-law of Lord Mountbatten, former viceroy of India, and thus had many contacts in that country.
In August Fox announced Stewart Granger and Anthony Steel would star.At this stage of his career Granger was making movies primarily to finance the ranch he owned with then-wife Jean Simmons.
In September it was announced Sydney Boehm was writing the script. Boehm was promoted to producer at Fox but did not produce Harry Black.
Also in September Fox announced Hugo Frugonese would direct as the first of a three-picture contract with the studio.
Stewart Granger and Anthony Steel signed to play the lead roles. Brabourne cast IS Johar after hearing the actor speak at the London Indian Film Festival.
Filming began in India on 2 January 1958.Filming was completed by March. Don Sharp was in charge of second unit directing.
The Los Angeles Times called it a "most uncommonly intelligent and excellent film."The New York Times called it "slow, unconvincing and pretty dull."
Filmink said "The movie was a fine chance for Steel to reinvent himself, but he is unable to suggest the inner demons of his character. (As adventure tale, it is too slow, but is redeemed by location footage.)"
Kinematograph Weekly listed it as being "in the money" at the British box office in 1958.
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