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Mamba (1930)

Passed | | Drama | 10 March 1930 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Albert S. Rogell (as Albert Rogell)

Writers:

John Reinhardt (story), Ferdinand Schumann-Heink (story) (as F. Schumann-Heink) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jean Hersholt ... August Bolte (Mamba)
Eleanor Boardman ... Helen von Linden
Ralph Forbes ... Karl von Reiden
Claude Fleming Claude Fleming ... Major Cromwell
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Major von Schultz (as William von Brincken)
Will Stanton ... Cockney Servant (as William Staunton)
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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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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In the depths of the African jungle is enacted a story of the depths of Human Hate and the Heights of Pure Love! (original ad) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il serpente bianco See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System) (sound-on-disc)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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The studio kept running out of money. They even kept two sets of costumes available in different places so that filming could continue if the creditors decided to seize one set. See more »

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Originally released in both silent and sound versions. See more »

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Dreadful film.
31 January 2018 | by salvidienusorfitusSee all my reviews

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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