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16 August 1938 (USA) See more »
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Paul Robeson is in fine voice in this passable musical drama about a GI escaping to a desert after he accidentally killed a man. See more (6 total) »


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Paul Robeson ... Cpl. Jericho Jackson

Henry Wilcoxon ... Capt. Mack

Wallace Ford ... Mike Clancy
Kouka ... Gara

John Laurie ... Hassan
James Carew ... Maj. J.R. Barnes
Lawrence Brown ... Pvt. Face
Rufus Fennell ... Sgt. Gamey
Ike Hatch ... Pvt. Tag
Frank Cram ... Col. Lake
Frank Cochrane ... Agouba
George Barraud ... Explorer
Frederick Cooper ... Explorer
Henry Aubin ... Explorer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eugene Cozier ... Mick Jackson (uncredited)
Charles Farrell ... Sergeant on Guard (uncredited)
Peter Gawthorne ... Court Martial President (uncredited)
Danny Green ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Eslanda Robeson ... Tribal Princess (uncredited)

Directed by
Thornton Freeland 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Barraud 
Walter Futter  story
Robert N. Lee  adaptation
Peter Ruric  adaptation

Produced by
Walter Futter .... producer
Original Music by
Van Phillips (uncredited)
Alfred Ralston (uncredited)
Cinematography by
John W. Boyle 
Art Direction by
Edward Carrick 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald Wilson .... assistant director
Sound Department
Bert Ross .... sound (as A.S. Ross)
Editorial Department
Edward B. Jarvis .... supervising editor (as E.B. Jarvis)
Music Department
Van Phillips .... musical director
Other crew
Max Schach .... presenter

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77 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1940) | USA:Not Rated
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Paul Robeson is in fine voice in this passable musical drama about a GI escaping to a desert after he accidentally killed a man., 2 November 1998
Author: Arthur Hausner ( from Pine Grove, California

Paul Robeson shines as a GI who disobeys orders to abandon a torpedoed ship in order to pry loose a door and free 6 fellow Negro soldiers. He punches his sergeant, who falls and hits his head and dies, while Robeson continues his effort and succeeds in rescuing the men. His captain, Henry Wilcoxon, stands up for him at a hearing, declaring it would be unjust to punish a man for a heroic deed. But the major in charge disagrees, since Robeson disobeyed orders and struck a superior officer. He is put under arrest pending a court-martial. On Christmas Eve, Wilcoxon lets Robeson out of his cell to join fellow soldiers at a Christmas songfest, but Robeson escapes in a small boat, befriending Wallace Ford, the only other person in the boat. They head for Africa and Robeson starts a new happy life in the desert, marrying Princess Kouka, who bears him two children. Meanwhile, Wilcoxon is court-martialed for complicity in the escape and sentenced to Leavenworth for five years. When he gets out, his only object in life is to find and bring back Robeson, who could clear hum of the complicity charge. Wilcoxon accidentally sees Robeson in a newsreel some explorers shot while in Africa, and he goes to bring him back.

Two original songs were written for Robeson, whose rich baritone voice is always a pleasure to hear. There's also a bit of adventure in the film, as Robeson leads a 12-mile-long caravan of camels trekking to an area to pick up a year's supply of salt. In an exciting sequence, they have to fight off a group of bandits.

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