The script, which was written on a day-to-day basis as the film was being shot, concerns the adventures of a motley crew of swindlers and ne'er-do-wells trying to lay claim to land rich in uranium deposits in Kenya as they wait in a small Italian port to travel aboard an ill-fated tramp steamer en route to Mombasa.
|Humphrey Bogart||Jennifer Jones|
|Gina Lollobrigida||Robert Morley|
|Peter Lorre||Edward Underdown|
|Ivor Barnard||Marco Tulli|