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Sanders of the River (1935)

 -  Adventure | Drama  -  26 June 1935 (USA)
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British District Officer in Nigeria in the 1930's rules his area strictly but justly, and struggles with gun-runners and slavers with the aid of a loyal native chief.

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Leslie Banks ...
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Robert Cochran ...
Lieutenant Tibbets (as Robert Cochrane)
Martin Walker ...
J. Ferguson
Richard Grey ...
Tony Wane ...
King Mofolaba
Marqués De Portago ...
Farini (as Marquis De Portago)
Eric Maturin ...
Smith
Allan Jeayes ...
Father O'Leary
Charles Carson ...
Governor of the Territory
Luao ...
Chief of the Wagenia [Congo] Tribe
Kilongalonga ...
Chief of the Wagenia [Congo] Tribe
Oboja ...
Chief of the Acholi Tribe
Members of Acholi Tribe ...
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British District Officer in Nigeria in the 1930's rules his area strictly but justly, and struggles with gun-runners and slavers with the aid of a loyal native chief. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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26 June 1935 (USA)  »

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Bosambo  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the wonderful looking shots of African river scenes were in fact filmed on the River Thames at Shepperton. See more »

Goofs

Although the film is nominally set in Nigeria (as shown on the map in Sanders' office), the aerial wildlife shots seem to have been taken in East Africa (e.g. Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika). Given the presence of Jomo Kenyatta as an extra in the cast, it is likely that the African scenes were shot on the eastern coast of Africa rather than in Nigeria. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Old Bones of the River (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

My Little Black Dove
Music by Mischa Spoliansky
Lyrics by Arthur Wimperis
Sung by 'Nina Mae McKinney', Paul Robeson
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Interesting museum piece
4 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Sanders of the River" is trapped in the time of its creation like an insect in amber, but it's worth seeing if only to understand the expectations of that time.

The British characters are supposed to be the heroes of the tale, but they are wooden and unsympathetic, even interchangeable. It is impossible to care about them. They even chase animals from a plane Just For Fun.

Africans are portrayed as simple minded, but they are also clearly loyal, brave, loving individuals with some (limited) depth to them, which is more than can be said of the cardboard cut-out white characters. In fact, the real rotters of the tale are trouble-making whites.


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