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Clive of India (1935)

In the mid-1700's the East India Company has power over commerce on the sub-continent, with the blessings of the British government. A clerk in the company, Robert Clive, is frustrated by ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Francis Lister ...
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Gov. Pigot (as Montague Love)
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Mr. Sullivan
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Mr. Warburton
Robert Greig ...
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In the mid-1700's the East India Company has power over commerce on the sub-continent, with the blessings of the British government. A clerk in the company, Robert Clive, is frustrated by his lack of advancement, and transfers to the military arm of the company, where he excels. Clive's leadership and gift for manipulation strengthen England's hold over India and lead to personal wealth, which is often threatened by the enemies he makes along the way. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Release Date:

25 January 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kampf um Indien  »

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(FMC Library Print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although not specifically stated in the credits, the movie was based on the 1931 book, "Clive" by R.J. Minney and the 1933 play "Clive of India" by W.P. Lipscomb and Minney. The play opened in Great Hucklow, Derbyshire, England, UK, on 27 March 1933. Darryl F. Zanuck saw the play in London, bought the rights and brought the two authors to Hollywood to write the screenplay. See more »


Referenced in The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) See more »


God Save the King!
(1744) (uncredited)
Music attributed to Henry Carey
Played often in the score
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28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Clive of India (1935)

** (out of 4)

Disappointing bio of Robert Clive (Ronald Coleman), the British man who rose to power by leading the British government to take over India and destroy Suraj Ud Dowlah. Along the way Clive finds time to get a wife (Loretta Young) but this too leads to hard times. I'm really not sure what was up with this movie but it was described as an epic upon its original release but it seems like a good hour and a half was cut out of the film. There were many bloody battles during this time and for some reason the film decides to jump over these scenes in favor of just giving us title cards to read. These title cards are used throughout the film so we actually learn more by reading than actually watching the film. Coleman gives a very good performance in the lead but sadly the screenplay doesn't give him too much to do. Young is wasted in her role, which mainly requires her to stand around and look at her husband. Colin Clive, a real life relative to Robert Clive, has a small, thankless role as does Cesar Romero. There's a great sequence at the end as Clive leads him men into battle, which includes them fighting against men riding on elephants. I'm not sure how the effects were done but there's some truly great moments here including one scene where a man is being eaten by one of the elephants. This sequence is pretty violent for the times but I only wished the rest of the film was half as good.

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