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Dark Sands (1937)

Jericho (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Adventure | 16 August 1938 (USA)
During WWI, action hero Robeson escapes an unjust death sentence to ramble around Arabia.

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Cpl. Jericho Jackson
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Mike Clancy
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Hassan
James Carew ...
Maj. J.R. Barnes
Lawrence Brown ...
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Rufus Fennell ...
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Ike Hatch ...
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Col. Lake
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During the Great War, a Negro corporal, Jericho Jackson, disobeys an order and saves crewmen trapped below deck after an attack. A sergeant dies in the incident; Jackson is court-martialed and sentenced to death. He bolts, and his captain unjustly gets a five-year sentence for aiding his escape; the captain vows to bring Jackson to justice. Meanwhile, Jackson has stolen a boat and sailed from Bordeaux to Morocco where his skills as a physician give him a new lease on life. He becomes a chief responsible for negotiating peace among tribes and leading the annual great salt caravan. A confrontation with his old captain is, however, unavoidable. Can there be justice? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This film was first telecast on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT Wednesday 5 June 1940. It is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Its earliest documented Post-WWII telecast took place in New York City Wednesday 27 April 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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My Old Kentucky Home
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Written by Stephen Foster (as Stephen Collins Foster)
Played and sung by GI's at the Songfest
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Paul Robeson once again astounds with his acting and singing in Jericho
20 February 2014 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

This is another Paul Robeson film I watched on a DVD set collection of his selected movies. In this one, he plays a World War I soldier who despite saving some lives, also disobeyed orders of a superior officer and accidentally killed him. So he gets court martialed but then manages to escape. Unfortunately, that also means the officer in charge of guarding him (Henry Wilcoxon) will serve five years in prison for supposedly aiding him. Robeson then stows away with another drifter (Wallace Ford) before they settle in a desert area. I'll stop there and just say this was another compellingly told drama from Robeson and, of course, he gets to display his fine singing voice as well. So on that point, I recommend Jericho. P.S. I just found out this Wallace Ford was the same one whose last role was that of an alcoholic grandfather in Sidney Poitier's A Patch of Blue.


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