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August Bolte, the richest man in a settlement in German East Africa in the period before World War I, is called "Mamba" by the locals, which is the name of a deadly snake. Despised by the locals and the European settlers alike for his greed and arrogance, Bolte forces the beautiful daughter of a destitute nobleman to marry him in exchange for saving her father from ruin. Upon her arrival in Africa, she falls in love with an officer in the local German garrison. When World War I breaks out, Bolte, unable to avoid being conscripted, foments a rebellion among the local natives.Written by
The acting is atrocious and the story is trite and predictable as to be expected from a poverty row studio. The portrayal of the Zulu natives is ridiculous and offensive especially in the final sequences which are utterly theatrical and unbelievable. Why this turkey was filmed in color is anyone's guess. I have to wonder if some of the reviewers here actually saw the film or were just excited because the film was photographed in color. If the film had been shot in black and white I'm pretty sure that even these color enthusiasts would agree this film is boring.The surviving color isn't very good as the film seemed to have many sequences which are too red and many scenes are out of focus. There is even one section where the film has been lost and only sound survives. If you want to see gorgeous early Technicolor I would suggest "Dixiana" 1930 or "Under A Texas Moon" 1930.
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