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Clive of India (1935)

In the mid-1700's the East India Company has power over commerce on the sub-continent, with the blessings of the British government. A clerk in the company, Robert Clive, is frustrated by ... See full summary »

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W.P. Lipscomb (screen play), R.J. Minney (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Colman ... Robert Clive
Loretta Young ... Margaret Maskelyne
Colin Clive ... Capt. Johnstone
Francis Lister ... Edmund Maskelyne
C. Aubrey Smith ... Prime Minister
Cesar Romero ... Mir Jaffar
Montagu Love ... Gov. Pigot (as Montague Love)
Lumsden Hare ... Sgt. Clark
Ferdinand Munier Ferdinand Munier ... Admiral Charles Watson
Gilbert Emery ... Mr. Sullivan
Leo G. Carroll ... Mr. Manning
Etienne Girardot ... Mr. Warburton
Robert Greig ... Mr. Pemberton
Mischa Auer ... King Suraj Ud Dowlah
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Old Member
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In the mid-1700's the East India Company has power over commerce on the sub-continent, with the blessings of the British government. A clerk in the company, Robert Clive, is frustrated by his lack of advancement, and transfers to the military arm of the company, where he excels. Clive's leadership and gift for manipulation strengthen England's hold over India and lead to personal wealth, which is often threatened by the enemies he makes along the way. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Six words from a woman changed the map of Asia! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kampf um Indien See more »

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Production Co:

20th Century Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Douglas Gerrard had the role of Lt. Walsh but was replaced by Pat Somerset after six days of shooting. See more »

Goofs

The story begins in 1748, and Robert Clive (Ronald Colman) falls in love with Margaret Maskelyne, when he sees a locket with her photograph, carried by her brother. But such a photograph would not have been possible until at least 100 years later, when the first photographs, known as daguerreotypes, were first introduced. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Ronald Colman (1962) See more »

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The British Grenadiers
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A Slice of History, Cinema Style
26 December 1999 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Just how did India become part of the British Empire? This film will introduce you to Robert Clive, one of the great names in English history. After viewing, a perusal of the Encyclopaedia Britannica convinced me that essentially the film got most of the facts right. This is a colorful, sometimes a little violent, story (empires don't come easy) which also deals with the political complications for men who take Big Chances.

Ronald Colman is always fun to watch. Loretta Young is beautiful, even if her American accent gets in the way of her performance occasionally. Cesar Romero, Colin Clive & Sir C. Aubrey Smith all have small rolls.

The historical Clive died an opium addict and a suicide at the age of only 49. CLIVE OF INDIA shows us a little of his brilliance and tragedy.


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