Coast of Skeletons
US poster from 1965
Directed byRobert Lynn
Screenplay byAnthony Scott Veitch
Story byHarry Alan Towers
Based onSanders of the River
by Edgar Wallace
Produced byHarry Alan Towers
StarringRichard Todd
Dale Robertson
Heinz Drache
Marianne Koch
CinematographyStephen Dade
Edited byJohn Trumper
Music byChristopher Whelen
Towers of London Films
S.A. Film Studios
Distributed byTowers of London
Release dates
  • 19 March 1965 (1965-03-19) (South Africa)
  • 23 August 1965 (1965-08-23) (UK)
Running time
91 min.
CountriesUnited Kingdom
South Africa
West Germany

Coast of Skeletons is a 1965 adventure film, directed by Robert Lynn and starring Richard Todd and Dale Robertson. It is a sequel to the 1963 film Death Drums Along the River, and just as that film, it uses the characters from Edgar Wallace's 1911 novel Sanders of the River and Zoltán Korda's 1935 film based on the novel, but placed in a totally different story. Coast of Skeletons was released in Germany as Sanders und das Schiff des Todes/ Sanders and the Ship of Death.


Following independence, the unnamed British colony where Commissioner Harry Sanders has been working for many years sacks its British police force. So Sanders returns to London, where he soon finds work for an insurance company, which wants him to oversee a project to dredge for diamonds in the shallow waters off South West Africa.

Sanders soon finds himself drawn into a web of insurance fraud, a secret hunt for World War II gold bullion, and a rivalrous love triangle between a flamboyant American diamond prospector, a former German U-boat commander in the employ of the American, and the German’s very young wife.

Main cast