Name ID 789
Herne, Brian White Hunters: The golden age of African Safaris
Page Number: 204b
Extract Date: 1960~
The Safari Hotel was masterfully managed for the Rydons by a pale-skinned Englishman named Ben Benbow. Benbow was a professional hotelier down to his manicured fingertips and slicked-down hair. He was the only man in Arusha who always wore a suit and tie. Among his dusty, khaki-clad safari clientele, he stood out like a catwalk mannequin in the lturi forest. Rotund, jovial, and present when guests registered, day or night, Benbow was on a first-name basis with every white hunter as well as with celebrity actors such as Robert Taylor, John Wayne, and Hardy Kruger. The walls around the huge copper bat at the Safari were decorated with framed and signed photographs of white hunters with their clients and trophies.
The Momella Wildlife Lodge is on the edge of Arusha National Park. ... The main building was once the home of John Wayne and Hardy Kruger, who used the house while making the adventure film Hatari, and later developed it as a hunting lodge.
1962 Publishes: Hawks, Howard (Director) Hatari
Extract Date: 1962
Internet Movie Database
Page Number: 3
Extract Date: 1962
John Wayne and his ensemble cast cavort over the African landscape filling orders from zoo's for wild animals. Bruce Cabot plays "the Indian", a womanizing sharpshooter who is gored by a rhino in the opening scenes of the film. This becomes a running theme through the movie; their bad luck in catching rhinos, and provides the climactic ending chase. While Bruce is in the hospital, Elsa Martinelli shows up as a woman photographer from a Swiss zoo, and John wants to send her packing. She strongarms the Duke into letting her stay by promising that her zoo will buy most of their animals this season if she's allowed to go along on the hunts and take photos. Hardy Kruger, Gerard Blain, Michelle Girardon and Valentin de Vargas round out the group. They traipse over the African landscape capturing animals; Elsa also has a running gag where she collects baby elephants as the movie goes along. In the end she's acquired three of them.
Summary written by Marta Dawes
Extract Author: Staff Writer
Page Number: 388f
Extract Date: 24 Sep 2005
The daughter of the actor who played both 'The elephant' and 'Jackal' in the block busting movie, 'Hatari!' filmed here in the early 60s, was in Arusha this week. She rekindled the dramatic memories of that 'live' set in which real animals were used to wreck havoc in town.
Marylin Porter, formerly known by her maiden name as 'Nee Read,' said her father, the late, Norman Read who was a professional hunter, had been enlisted to play the role of 'animal voice personification,' in which he trumpeted like an elephant and laughed like a hyena.
"Because as soon as the elephants were brought to town, they refused to make any noise." On the other hand though the animals did their best in displaying cross-country skills as they run round the town and into supermarkets, not to mention the Safari Hotel where they caused plenty of mayhem.
During those days, Marylin alias Nee, was attending the Arusha school with her mates. After classes, she recalls, the girls used to cause as much tension as the elephants of Hatari did. "We would normally go into supermarkets and steal candy, sweets and biscuits," she admits.
"Hatari!" is the story of a group of men who lived around the Arusha Game Park and caught animals to be sent for overseas zoos. The actors include; John Wayne, who played the role of Sean Mercer, the head captor. Red Buttons who was "Pockets" the driver and Hardy Kruger, a German known in the film as Kurt.
In the movie, a photographer named Dallas (Elsa Martinelli) comes to spend a season and everyone is surprised (and delighted) to find that she is a woman, and a beautiful one at that. She goes out on hunts with the men and is attracted to Sean; he likes her, too, although he won't admit it. Pockets and Kurt fight over their old boss' daughter, Brandy, who is grown up now.
There is plenty of wild animal action (the actors really did catch the animals), plenty of fun, and innocent romance, too. John Wayne has one of his best roles as the rugged he-man who acts all dopey around a pretty girl. Miss Martinelli is very good as the Italian beauty who falls hard for Sean and is the object of two baby elephants' affections, as well.
"Elsa was horrible!" Said Marilyn, explaining that the actor was as bad-tempered in real life as she was in the movie. After completing school, Marilyn worked part-time as a receptionist at The New Arusha Hotel, before leaving for Zambia then later on Zimbabwe and finally Botswana where she got married. Nee now lives in Australia.
"I constantly come to Arusha to visit my uncle who lives at Ngongongare location of Arumeru, around Momella," she said. Her uncle is none other than David Read, the brains behind the outstanding book titles: 'Barefoot over Serengeti,' ' Beating about the Bush,' ' Waters of the Sanjan' and the recently released, 'Another Load of Bull.'
Marilyn had a few things to say about his uncle as well. "He is always in a hurry, hardly settles." She reveals. But David Read remained unperturbed by such remarks.
Internet Movie Database
Page Number: 4
Extract Date: 1962
Writing credits (in credits order)
Harry Kurnitz (story)
Cast (in credits order) verified as complete
John Wayne .... Sean Mercer
Hardy Krüger .... Kurt Mueller (as Hardy Kruger)
Elsa Martinelli .... Anna Maria 'Dallas' D'Allesandro
Red Buttons .... Pockets
Gérard Blain .... Chips Chalmoy (as Gerard Blain)
Bruce Cabot (I) .... Little Wolf aka The Indian
Michèle Girardon .... Brandy de la Corte (as Michele Girardon)
Valentin de Vargas .... Luis Francisco Garcia Lopez
Eduard Franz .... Dr. Sanderson
Jon Chevron .... Joseph
Queenie Leonard .... Nurse
Emmett Smith .... Bartender
rest of cast listed alphabetically
Sam Harris (II) .... Man in Store (uncredited)
Henry Scott (I) .... Sikh Clerk (uncredited)
Jack Williams (I) .... Man (uncredited)
Howard Hawks .... producer
Paul Helmick .... associate producer
Original music by
Hoagy Carmichael (song)
Film Editing by
Art Direction by
Carl Anderson (I)
Set Decoration by
Claude E. Carpenter
Costume Design by
Jim Henderling .... unit manager
Don Robb (I) .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Connors Jr. .... assistant director (as Tom Connors)
Paul Helmick .... second unit director
Russell Saunders (I) .... assistant director (as Russ Saunders)
Earl Olin (I) .... property master
John R. Carter (I) .... sound recordist (as John Carter)
Charles Grenzbach (I) .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Frank Beetson Jr. .... wardrobe: men
Joseph C. Brun .... associate photographer (as Joseph Brun)
Jim Henderling .... unit manager
Johnny Mercer .... lyricist
Richard Parker (III) .... special mechanical effects
Willy de Beer .... technical advisor
Extract Author: lute wa lutengano
Page Number: No. 00247a
Extract Date: November 23, 2002
When I first set foot in this northern Tanzania town, that is way back in the mid 80s, my favourite drinking joints were the Copper bar at the historical New Safari Hotel and The Tavern at the panoramic New Arusha Hotel.
The Copper Bar had a set up based on a theme of the famous John Wayne film, Hatari. It so happens that the famous film star once stayed at the Safari Hotel when making that movie. The Tavern, located on the basement overlooking the beautiful gardens, used to celebrate the old Arusha socialites. This you could tell by the names inscribed on the beer mugs hanging behind the bar man. They were a "who is who" list of the colonial and early independence history of Arusha.
By the time I arrived in Arusha the two bars were catering for different classes of people. The Copper was popular with the town's young professionals while the Tavern was patronised by the elderly and rich. It goes without saying that comparatively more cocktails and hard stuff were consumed at The Tavern. That was when Tony came into the picture. He was The Tavern bar's cocktail wizard. Always pleasant and advising the client accordingly what poison was good for him or her when feeling or in that mood or the other. Surely, Tony was the soul of the bar.
The Copper and The Tavern are no longer there. I am reliably informed though that a new pub, appropriately named Hatari is in the pipeline at the newly renovated New Arusha Hotel. I am told it will be a thematic bar, (based on the same Hatari film) and better organised than the Copper and The Tavern bars. But this is another story all together.
Chhatbar, Sukhdev Promote tourism, actors told
Extract Date: 26 May 2007
Tanzania's film producers and actors have been exhorted to portray the country's images in their productions which could serve as source of expanding the tourism industry.
''Film making and tourism go hand in hand,'' stressed the director of the Tanzania Tourist Board(TTB), Mr Peter Mwenguo, when officially launching yesterday the global centennial celebrations for the legendary American film hero, John Wayne, to climax in Arusha on May 26, next year.
The American movie star produced a world-renowned film 'Hatari' which was shot at Momella, Arusha National Park in 1962.
This rollicking action-comedy proved to be one of his most charming and exhilarating adventures — and one of the last truly great films by Wayne. The story follows a group of professional big-game hunters through a single season, as they drive high-speed across the dusty African plains capturing wild animals for zoos and circuses around the world.
Clocking in at 159 minutes, this is said to be the longest film of Wayne. He died of stomach cancer on June 11, 1979.
Mr Mwenguo said the Wayne's film brought a lot of fame to the country, where real animal shots and its location ìboosted the countryís tourism flow.
The American tourists, he explained, are now ranking second highest (around 60,000), to visit the country, out of the 612,000 visitors received last year. Tourism now accounts for 16 per cent of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), he explained and offering 140,000 direct jobs.
Film producers and actors, he said, have a very crucial and influential role to play in promoting Tanzania, which expects to attract one billion tourists in the next four years.
By hosting the international centennial celebrations, ''Tanzania shall have accorded respect to John Wayne, his family and to all those who worked with him to put Tanzania on the Hollywood map of the world,'' added Mr Mwenguo.
The occasion would attract 600 visitors, including those who participated in the Hatari film, top American actors, movie makers, celebraties and tourists, according to the TTB chief.
Extract Author: Valentine Marc Nkwame
Page Number: 471
Extract Date: 2 June 2007
The Duke’s family jets into Arusha to retrace the legend’s footsteps
By Valentine Marc Nkwame
"... Someday Pockets! Someday! I am gonna wring your neck.," fumed the soaked-to-the-skin, John Wayne, in one of the many animal-chasing scenes found in ‘Hatari,’ a movie in which, he was playing the leading role as Sean Mercer, the head animal trapper of Momella (Now Arusha National Park).
Pockets (Red Buttons), on the other hand, was that clown-funny, little driver, who had just dipped the nose of his rugged, speeding truck into a river, thus splashing Mercer (Wayne), who had strapped himself on the car’s hood, with muddy water. Pockets merely dismissed the ‘threats’ with a laugh, "Not today Bwana! Not today... !"
He used to be the ‘strong and silent’ type of a movie star, who became a role-model for other Action and Adventure film actors. Born on the 26th of May 1907 in Winterset, Iowa, USA John Wayne, was popularly known as ‘The Duke!’, a title which ‘Pockets’ comically translated into ‘Bwana’ (Swahili term for ‘Lord’) in Hatari.
Declared the ‘Greatest Male Star of all time,’ by the American Film Institute, The Oscar winning, John Wayne who died in June 1979 then aged 72 left behind hundreds of films in which he either played a lead role, co-starred or helped to produce. In Tanzania he is mostly remembered for his 1962 role in Hatari! Which was set in Arusha.
Now the legendary American film icon, is just about to take onto a new role. John Wayne, is soon ‘going out’ to ‘showcase’ Tanzania, through a soon to be screened, new Television feature to be known as ‘Beyond the list!’
The 30 minutes feature is being produced by the Los Angeles based, Bennett Productions of California. The works involved include 10 days of going round specific sites, with more than 40 hours of filming. The feature will cover, Arusha town, Arusha National Park, Momella Wildlife Lodge, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara Parks. Parts of Dar-es-salaam City and Zanzibar island may also be thrown in.
But wait! Isn’t John Wayne dead? Oh! Yes, the legendary film star passed away in 1979, about 20 years after he came to Arusha to take the leading role (as Sean Mercer) in the classic Adventure and Comedy feature, ‘Hatari!’ a film which since its debut release in 1962, remained an all-time family favorite and still gets rave reviews in most on-line movie sites.
The Duke has eyes!
Now! If John Wayne died 28 years ago, how exactly then, is the prima donna expected to star in this new TV feature? Maybe Ian Woods can explain. This is the British producer in charge of ‘Beyond the list’ project and who together with two film crews, comprising six people, jetted into Arusha last week, ready for the shooting.
"The theme behind the TV feature is ‘Showcasing Tanzania through the eyes of John Wayne’s Family!" He explained. Right, because even if John Wayne had lived, he would have been 100 years old now, rather retired and too aged to face the cameras ... Star at the age of 100? ‘Not today Bwana! Certainly Not Today.’
However, that was the whole purpose of the family of the late John Wayne, to visit Arusha in the course of last week; They jetted here to pay a centennial homage to the Duke. That took place at the exact remote location (Momella), where John Wayne once stayed while filming Hatari.
So the riddle has been explained! It won’t be the duke himself who will be facing the lenses, but rather his family. Yes, it will be through the eyes of this celebrated family, that the LA based, Bennett Productions want to explain Tanzania to the world ... in 30 minutes sharp.
Only half-an-hour? Considering Hatari’s whooping 3 hours. Still, quite possible. I mean when taking into account the number of ‘eyes’ that the producers will be using in ‘seeing Tanzania!’ Patrick Wayne, the son of John Wayne and who is an accomplished actor himself, will provide the first pair of eyes.
There is also Patrick’s own son, the stout Michael Wayne. He is the grandson of the legendary Duke. Mike came along with his wife, Christine and several children. (He should not be confused with the other Michael Wayne, the Duke’s first born who however did not come to Arusha). Then again there is Melanie, Patrick’s daughter and John Wayne’s granddaughter ... ‘Beyond the list ‘seems to have adequate pairs of eyes.
Now! Let the cameras roll. And the cameras in question are those giant HD types. "We are shooting the movie clips in High Definition, " Said Woods. "This is in order to reproduce realistic theatrical effects." He added.
Now looks like History is about to repeat itself. It took decades before copies of Hatari came to Tanzania (they are still few to date). It may take twice as long for ‘Beyond the list’ to make scene here. If it ever will, because being a Television feature, chances are it may never be released commercially.
... Two jeeps raced side-by-side in Momella, trying to outrun a large rhino that the trappers wanted to exhaust before harnessing it with giant ropes. After a session of such a breathtaking race, the animal turned and charged at one of the open-roofed jeeps. The Rhino hit the Indian (Bruce Cabot), who was seated next to the driver, fracturing his femur.
Well! The ‘hunt’ had to be halted since the excessively bleeding Indian must be rushed to Mount Meru Hospital for treatment. Even in the 60s the Regional Health Center used to have a shortage of blood in its banks and the Indian needed transfusion before operation ... or something. Whatever the case, it was such a gory opening for Hatari!
Not so with ‘Beyond the list!’ "See these giraffes overlooking the Momella?" Said Casey Bennet, the Managing Director of Bennett Productions, pointing at a footage of the tall animals, feeding on shrubs near the lodge, at sundown. "This will be the opening scene in the feature film." He revealed. Mh! Rather tame, compared to the John Wayne’s intro.
Using his palm held, Image viewer, Bennett reveals more stunning footage of what is likely to be ‘an interesting documentary.’ Except it is not. "I won’t consider it a documentary, but an adventure feature," said Bennett. Anyway, he is quite a cheeky fellow, that Casey Bennett. Among the ‘collections’ on his portable image viewer, are pictures of ...eh... some beautiful ladies.
"Well I have also been taking pictures of Super-models, Miss World and Miss Universe Pageants." He revealed with a smirk. But he quickly remarks, "beauties can also ‘showcase’ a place. In fact for my next Tanzanian project, I plan to use super models to promote some of the countries’ attractions. To start with Mount Kilimanjaro, that will be next year."
However, the ‘beauty factor’ doesn’t have to wait for next year. ‘Beyond the list,’ features one such beauty personality. As it happens, Jenn Brown, a young attractive lady, is going to ‘present’ the whole show. That should be okay. But was there a beauty in Hatari? Oh! You bet. After all, the movie had some smooch romantic episodes as well.
Brandy (Michele Girardon), the beautiful daughter of a former hunter (according to Hatari storyline), finds herself the unwitting romantic pawn in what was to become a ‘love triangle,’ pitting two of the youthful hunters and later on, Pockets as well.
There was also Elsa Martinell the main Co-Star, who played, Anna Maria Dallas, the moody ‘photographer’ sent down from a Swiss Zoo, but who ...typically... ends up falling for the ‘unconcerned’ Duke. Before that however, she adopts two baby elephants that later chase her around Arusha town as she tried to escape. In fact, the closing scene for Hatari (Swahili term for ‘Danger’) is when the elephants climbs onto her bed and ... well... break it.
Casey Bennett may have seen other Wayne’s works, such as The Stagecoach, Rio Lobo, The Train Robbers, The Cowboys, The War Wagon, Hell fighters and The Undefeated! But before coming to Arusha, the director had never watched ‘Hatari!’ He watched it for the first time during the special ‘John Wayne Centennial’ reception, organized by the Tanzania Tourist Board at the Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge where the crew also stayed.
Never mind, but as the legend of John Wayne gets revived in Arusha, through the eyes of his offsprings and 45 years after Hatari was filmed here, one wonders when exactly will this vicinity ever get the honor of hosting any major film production again ... Probably; Not today Bwana!