The Spiral Road

The Spiral Road

Rock Hudson
Director: Robert Mulligan Cast: Rock Hudson
Rock Hudson
, Burl Ives
Burl Ives
, Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
Robert Mulligan




Since it was released in the same year as his masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), it is ironic that this drama was probably the least liked of director Robert Mulligan's films. A stiff adaptation of a novel by Dutch author Jan DeHartog, the film stars Rock Hudson as Dr. Anton Drager, an opportunistic atheist who travels with his wife Els (Gena Rowlands) to the jungles of Java in 1936. Drager is to become the new right-hand man of famed Dr. Brits Jansen (Burl Ives), a legendary humanist who works with lepers and is rumored to have done groundbreaking work that Drager believes could make him famous and wealthy. Trouble with a native witch doctor practicing black magic leads to a crisis of conscience for Drager, however, forcing him to reevaluate his self-centered philosophy. A former divinity student at New York's Fordham University, Mulligan may have been intrigued by the material's spiritual bent, but his direction is uninspired, and The Spiral Road (1962) was not considered a success.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2015
UPC: 0025192317583
Original Release: 1962
Source: Universal
Time: 2:25:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rock Hudson Dr. Anton Drager
Burl Ives Dr. Brits Jansen
Gena Rowlands Els
Geoffrey Keen Willem Wattereus
Neva Patterson Louise Kramer
Will Kuluva Dr. Sordjano
Philip Abbott Frolick
Larry Gates Dr. Kramer
Karl Swenson Inspector Bevers
Edgar Stehli The Sultan
Judy Dan Laja
Robert Simon Dr. Martens
Reggie Nalder Burubi
Leon Lontol Dr. Hatta
David Lewis Maj. Vlormans
Parley Baer Mr. Boosmans
Fredd Wayne Van Bloor
Leslie E. Bradley Krasser
Barbara Morrison Mrs. Boosmans
Martin Brandt Dr. Sander
David Frankham Drager's Replacement
Paul Keast Minister
David Sharpe Actor
Tom Steele Planter
Lang Yun Barmaid
Anna Shin Actor
Glen Walters Actor

Technical Credits
Robert Mulligan Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
John Datu Arensma Consultant/advisor
Robert Arthur Producer
Henry Bumstead Art Director
Oliver Emert Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Joseph E. Kenny Asst. Director
Joe Lapis Sound/Sound Designer
John Lee Mahin Screenwriter
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Rosemary Odell Costumes/Costume Designer
Neil Paterson Screenwriter
Russell Schoengarth Editor
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup

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