George Pastell played as High Priest of Kali
Release: May 5, 1960
Captain Harry Lewis (Guy Rolfe), of the British East India Company, is investigating why over 2000 natives are missing but encounters a deaf ear from his superior, Colonel Henderson, who is more concerned with the local English merchants' caravans which are disappearing without a trace. To appease them, Henderson agrees to appoint a man to investigate and Lewis believes it will be him. However, he is sorely disappointed when Henderson gives the job to the newly arrived, oblivious Captain Connaught-Smith, the son of a old Henderson friend.
Lewis believes a gang is murdering both the men and animals of the caravans and then burying the bodies. He presents the haughty new man with his evidence, his theories, and later his personal experience of actually seeing the cult but the captain is antagonistic and derisive towards Lewis who eventually resigns his commission in frustration to investigate on his own.
Meanwhile, the merchants decide to band together and create a super-caravan whose size will discourage the bandits, they believe. Ram Das, Lewis' houseboy, believes he has seen his brother, Gopali Das, who disappeared some years ago, and receives permission to search for him. Ram Das is successful but the Thugs takes him prisoner and force his brother. a cult member, to kill him. Soonafter, a Thug throws the hand of Ram Das through the Lewises' window. The hidebound Captain Connaught-Smith leads the caravan and foolishly allows the stranglers in the guise of innocent travelers to join them. That night, the Thugs strike with their usual success.
Lewis and Lieutenant Silver, a cult member, investigate the caravan's disappearance. Lewis sees the scar that marks Silver as a Thuggee follower of Kali and shoots him in self defense. Lewis then discovers the buried bodies and goes to the cult's outdoor temple where he is caught and sentenced to die on a burning pyre. However, Gopali Das, haunted by his brother's death at his own hands, frees Lewis and they escape in the ensuing tumult.
Based on Lewis' evidence, Henderson brings in soldiers to wipe out the cult as he and Lewis confront Patel Shari, the merchants' local representative. Patel's identity as a Thug leader is revealed and Lewis, who now knows the complete plot, kills him. The film ends with Lewis receiving a promotion from Henderson for his help in wiping out the Thuggee cult.
Unlike most Hammer films, Stranglers of Bombay is somewhat historically accurate in describing the religious cult of Kali and the deaths of thousands-some believe millions-at the hands of the Thugs (also known as "thaga", pronounced "tahg"). Using modern methods, the British succeeded in wiping out the cult, which may have originated as far back as the 13th century. Watch Movies Online for Free on 10StarMovies.