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Mamba (1930)

 |  Drama  |  10 March 1930 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Helen von Linden
Ralph Forbes ...
Karl von Reiden
Claude Fleming ...
Major Cromwell
Will Stanton ...
Cockney servant
Wilhelm von Brincken ...
Major von Shultz (as William von Brincken)
Hazel Jones ...
Hassim's daughter
Arthur Stone ...
British soldier
Torben Meyer ...
German soldier
Andrés de Segurola ...
Guido (as André De Segurola)
Edward Martindel ...
Noble Johnson ...
Josef Swickard ...
Count von Linden (scenes deleted)


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

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A GRIPPING JUNGLE DRAMA ALL IN COLOR AND SOUND! (original poster - all caps) See more »







Release Date:

10 March 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il serpente bianco  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)


(2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When it opened at the Gaiety Theatre in New York City, the film advertised itself as the first all-Technicolor drama. See more »

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Complete film exists and awaits reconstruction
24 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To update the other reviews on this site, the film exists in its entirety in two-strip Technicolor. The owners also have five sound discs (5 through 8). UCLA possesses two reels (1,9) and all nine sound discs. Attempts are underway to combine these two sources and hopefully with UCLA's track record of superb restorations of early Technicolor films, MAMBA will soon be available for viewing once again for the first time in eighty years.

Initial viewing of reel five and almost all of reel six reveals a stellar performance by Jean Hersholt as the villainous bore, August Bolte, and a sensitive take by aristocratic Eleanor Boardman as Helen. Ralph Forbes is rather stiff and affected as the so-called hero, Karl Von Reiden. The colors are lovely - reds and greens predominate, but the flesh tones are quite authentic.

This seems to be a treasure, awaiting interest and funding for a proper restoration.

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