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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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World's first all Technicolor drama. (Trade paper 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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Technical Specs

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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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Its successful opening broke all records at the Gaiety for the first two weeks of its run. See more »

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Mamba (1930)
20 October 2006 | by filmlibrary-2See all my reviews

I have just had the opportunity of viewing the complete 1930's Tiffany Production of "Mamba", starring Jean Hersholt, Eleanor Boardman and Ralph Forbes. Unfortunately, this was seen without the accompanying Vitaphone disc soundtrack, but due to having a copy of your Plot Summary this made it easy to follow the storyline. The early two-colour Technicolor was amazingly bright and made this screening a surprisingly pleasant experience.

I note in your Trivia notes that, according to the authors of Forgotten Horrors, "only about 12 minutes of silent footage remain." I can refute this information as there exists in Australia a complete 35mm version of this film, in good condition.


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