Cinema: The New Pictures, Nov. 2, 1953

East of Sumatra (Universal) is a hasty assembly job on the reliable prefab plot about a white man in the jungle with two women. It makes up for its lack of big-name players by superior typecasting, and almost succeeds in hiding the fact that its characters are crude studies in black and white by keeping them almost incessantly black and blue—in Technicolor.

The hero (Jeff Chandler) is the strong, noisy type: all things to all men, but just one thing to women. Off to a jungle island to shovel out some tin, he first...

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