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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 »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
Interesting museum piece 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:
This film had originally started as a project Alexander Korda assigned to be directed by Alfred Hitchcock, called "Wings of the Jungle". Hitchcock was only minimally involved in the earliest stages.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Paul Robeson's chest hair comes and goes, from one sequence to another.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as Sanders (1963)See more »
Soundtrack:
My Little Black DoveSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Interesting museum piece, 4 May 2011
Author: qatmom from United States

"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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