The Million Eyes of Sumuru
MillionEyesofSumuru.jpg
Theatrical release poster by Heywood Brown
Directed byLindsay Shonteff
Screenplay byKevin Kavanagh
Story byPeter Welbeck
Based onSumuru
by Sax Rohmer
Produced byHarry Alan Towers
StarringFrankie Avalon
George Nader
Shirley Eaton
Wilfrid Hyde-White
Klaus Kinski
CinematographyJohn von Kotze
Edited byAllan Morrison
Music byJohn Scott
Production
company
Sumuru Films
Distributed byAnglo-Amalgamated
Warner-Pathe
Release dates
  • 17 May 1967 (1967-05-17) (US)
  • 3 December 1967 (1967-12-03) (UK)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

The Million Eyes of Sumuru is a 1967 British spy film produced by Harry Alan Towers, directed by Lindsay Shonteff and filmed at the Shaw Brothers studios in Hong Kong. It stars Frankie Avalon and George Nader, with Shirley Eaton as the title character Sumuru.[1] It was based on a series of novels by Sax Rohmer about a megalomaniacal femme fatale.[2]

The film was released in the U.S. by American International Pictures on 17 May 1967. In the U.K., it was released through Warner-Pathé on 3 December, titled simply Sumuru.[3] Terry Bourke was production manager.

Plot

Sumuru is a beautiful and evil woman who plans world domination by having her sexy all-female army eliminate male leaders and replace[vague] them with her female agents.

The Chief of Security for President Boong of Sinonesia is killed. Two Americans in Hong Kong, Nick West and his friend Tommy Carter, are persuaded by the head of British intelligence, Colonel Baisbrook, to investigate. They discover the organisation headed by Sumuru, which claims to be interested in peaceful activities.

A dead girl winds up in Nick's bed and he ends up being framed for murder. Nick and Tommy go to Hong Kong to stop an assassination.

Cast

Legacy

Shirley Eaton reprised her role as Sumuru in Jess Franco's follow-up The Girl from Rio (1969). Eaton later said "I did enjoy being the wicked lady Sumuru in two rather bad films, which I had not had the chance to be before."[4] However, she retired from acting shortly afterwards.

The Million Eyes of Sumuru inspired riot grrrl musician Lois Maffeo to adopt Bikini Kill as a band name. She and her friend Margaret Doherty used the name for a one-off performance where they donned faux fur punk cave girl costumes. Tobi Vail liked the name and appropriated it for the iconic punk group after Maffeo settled on the band name Cradle Robbers.[5]

The film is used in Episode 18 of the KTMA season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 as well as an upcoming episode in Season 13.[6] It is also featured as a video on demand from spiritual successor RiffTrax.[7]

References

  1. ^ Sandra Brennan (2008). "New York Times: The-Million-Eyes-of-Su-Muru". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 12 December 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2008.
  2. ^ "SUMURU". Monthly Film Bulletin. 35 (408): 12. 1 January 1968. ProQuest 1305827409.
  3. ^ Kinematograph Weekly vol. 605 no. 3137, 25 November 1967
  4. ^ "Interview with Shirley Eaton". Classic Film TV Cafe. February 2014.
  5. ^ Marcus, Sara (2010). Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution (first ed.). New York: HarperPerennial. pp. 46–47. ISBN 978-0-06-180636-0.
  6. ^ Mystery Science Theater 3000 Reveals Season 13 Movies|Collider
  7. ^ RiffTrax