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Sanders of the River
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Director:
Writers:
Lajos Biró (adaptation)
Jeffrey Dell (adaptation)
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Release Date:
26 June 1935 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
British District Officer in Nigeria in the 1930's rules his area strictly but justly, and struggles... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Sanders of the River has the pleasure of bringing Paul Robeson and Nina Mae McKinney together See more (14 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Robeson ... Bosambo
Leslie Banks ... Commissioner R.G. Sanders

Nina Mae McKinney ... Lilongo
Robert Cochran ... Lieutenant Tibbets (as Robert Cochrane)
Martin Walker ... J. Ferguson
Richard Grey ... Captain Hamilton
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 ... Themselves (as Members of the Acholi Tribe)
Members of the Sesi Tribe ... Themselves
Members of the Tefik Tribe ... Themselves
Members of the Juruba Tribe ... Themselves
Members of the Mendi Tribe ... Themselves
Members of the Kroo Tribe ... Themselves
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adams ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Joe Cozier ... (uncredited)
Bertrand Frazer ... Makara (uncredited)
Beresford Gale ... Topolaka (uncredited)
Jomo Kenyatta ... Tribal Chief (uncredited)
Orlando Martins ... K'Lova (uncredited)
Anthony Papafio ... Bosambo's Son (uncredited)
James Solomon ... Kaluba (uncredited)
John Thomas ... Obiboo (uncredited)
Deara Williams ... Daughter of Bosambo and Lilongo (uncredited)

Directed by
Zoltan Korda 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lajos Biró  adaptation
Jeffrey Dell  adaptation
Edgar Wallace  story
Arthur Wimperis  additional dialogue

Produced by
Alexander Korda .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mischa Spoliansky  (as Michael Spolianski)
 
Cinematography by
Osmond Borradaile 
Louis Page 
Georges Périnal 
 
Film Editing by
Charles Crichton 
 
Production Management
G.E.T. Grossmith .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Irving .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
D. Field .... sound
L. Fisher .... sound
J. Paddon .... sound
A.W. Watkins .... recording director
 
Visual Effects by
W. Percy Day .... matte painter
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernard Browne .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
William Hornbeck .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
 
Other crew
Cecil Grosse .... technical advisor
C.O. 'Squash' Lemon .... technical advisor
C. Wallace .... technical advisor (as Major C. Wallace)
Alfred Hitchcock .... director of the first stages (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
98 min | 92 min (re-release) | USA:85 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Some of the wonderful looking shots of African river scenes were in fact filmed on the River Thames at Shepperton.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Paul Robeson's chest hair comes and goes, from one sequence to another.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mutiny on the Buses (1972)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Song of the SpearSee more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Sanders of the River has the pleasure of bringing Paul Robeson and Nina Mae McKinney together, 5 February 2011
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

In reviewing films involving African-Americans in chronological order for Black History Month, it's now 1935 when singer/actor Paul Robeson has gone to England for this movie produced by Alexander Korda's London Films with direction by Korda's brother Zoltan. It takes place and is partially filmed in Africa and concerns a British colonialist (Leslie Banks) who places Robeson in charge of keeping peace among various tribes especially when the tribal king (Tony Wane) seems intent on abusing his power. Later on, Robeson meets Nina Mae McKinney and makes her his wife and they have a couple of kids. I'll stop there and just say despite some questionable politics that permeate the film, this was quite a rousing adventure to watch what with many of the wonderful scenery along the countryside with various beautiful animal shots not to mention the wonderful singing voices of Robeson and, in one instance, Ms. McKinney. And the sequences of the tribes, whether chanting or going into battle, bring plenty of excitement to bear. So on that note, Sanders of the River is at the very least, well worth a look.

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