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Sanders of the River -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Lajos Biró (adaptation)
Jeffrey Dell (adaptation)
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Release Date:
26 June 1935 (USA) See more »
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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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Cast

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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)
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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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98 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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Trivia:
Paul Robeson disowned this picture, telling journalists that it was the only one of his films to have been screened in Italy and Germany. However, his claim to have walked out of the premiere in disgust was a re-invention of history.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of Sanders (1963)See more »
Soundtrack:
My Little Black DoveSee more »

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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
When the cat is away..., 6 August 2006
Author: dbdumonteil

The lines are often unintentionally funny ("My king -of England - is the greatest king on Earth!" "I'm sending you to Sandi" ) and the movie is Tarzanesque,with its evil chief rubbing his hands before killing a good guy .The natives are big irresponsible children who desperately need the help of the white men and above all Lord -Sandi-Sanders.When he's away (they say he's dead),there's no law anymore;but when he's back,so is the law.It speaks volumes about the paternalistic side of this obsolete work:English colonizers are here to bring justice,peace,love and understanding,their intentions are so pure their black protégés (the good ones that is) cannot make up their minds without Father Sandi's piece of advice.

The good chief's songs are closer to Negro spirituals than to African folklore .And the lullaby his wife sings to her little black dove would fit nicely in a Disney cartoon,such as "the Lion King" .

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