August Bolte, the richest man in a settlement in German East Africa in the period before World War I, is called "Mamba" by the locals, which is the name of a deadly snake. Despised by the locals and the European settlers alike for his greed and arrogance, Bolte forces the beautiful daughter of a destitute nobleman to marry him in exchange for saving her father from ruin. Upon her arrival in Africa, she falls in love with an officer in the local German garrison. When World War I breaks out, Bolte, unable to avoid being conscripted, foments a rebellion among the local natives. Written by
In the depths of the African jungle is enacted a story of the depths of Human Hate and the Heights of Pure Love! (original ad)
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This was the sixth feature-length talkie to be produced in color, after On with the Show!
(1929) and Gold Diggers of Broadway
(1929). Three other all-color talkies were in production at the same time, all of them musicals. It was the first such project that was not a musical, and the first not to be produced by Warner Bros. See more