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16 August 1938 (USA) See more »
During WWI, action hero Robeson escapes an unjust death sentence to ramble around Arabia. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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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Also Known As:
"Jericho" - UK (original title)
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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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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.See more »
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Just ignore the low imdb rating and see it, 27 March 2003
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

It's only 75 minutes long, so, even if you don't find it as good as I did, you haven't really wasted that much of you life. It's really quite a good adventure film starring the famous black actor Paul Robeson. He made this film as a part of a package deal with British backers, because he felt that he would be able to play less stereotypical roles. Other blacks in the film don't get this posh treatment, as they speak pidgin English, throw dice, and scare easily, but, for the most part, Robeson maintains all of his dignity (the most he does is sing `Mammy's little babies love shortnin' shortnin', but, who knows, that might not have seemed harmful in 1937). Robeson plays Jericho Jackson, an intelligent soldier trained as a doctor. During a crisis on his ship, Robeson tries to knock out a superior officer who has gone nuts and accidentally kills him. Sentenced to death, he escapes, which gets a friend of his who has vouched for him (Henry Wilcoxon, Marc Antony from Cecil B. DeMille's 1934 movie, Cleopatra) thrown in jail. Robeson runs into the North African desert, where he becomes a leader of a tribe of nomads. A wise-cracking white man (Wallace Ford) becomes his best friend. When Wilcoxon is released from prison, he attempts to search out Jericho in order to reclaim his own honor. It's a pretty good story, although it ends rather lamely. Robeson sings some damn fine songs and his acting is great. The on-location cinematography, by John W. Boyle, is really beautiful. He captures a lot of great shots of a caravan moving slowly up and down the desert terrain. 8/10.

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