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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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Adventure to make your heart pound! Romance that will quicken your pulse! Gallantry that will live evermore! 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 »

Company Credits

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

Co-star Colin Clive was in fact a real-life descendent of Clive of India. 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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
(uncredited)
Music by R. Melish (1780 ?)
Played often in the score as a love theme
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Spectacular biopic about Robert Clive and the East India Comany , lavishly produced by 20th Century Fox Film
18 January 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

India, 1748, a vast nation , rich in jewels , spices and precious metals beyond the widness dreams . Fort St. David headquarters of the East India Company , a privately owned trading concern which enjoyed the protection of the British goverment . French , Dutch , Portuguese , and British are at each other's throats in an effort to stablish trading post in this ¨Paradise of Treasure¨. There a clerk in the company, Robert Clive , wants to promote himself and joins the army . 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 . After that , there takes place the siege of Trichinopoly , where the entire British force had stumbled into a trap and faced almost certain annihilation , but nothing in history surpasses the amazing task Clive accomplished . As he captured Arcot , relieved Trichinopoly and in less than a year he became the conqueror were many , rich , honored , a hero , Clive returned to his homeland . Later on , a madman sat on the throne of Northern India , King Saraj Ud Dowlah , Clive offered him a proposition ; Saraj Dowlah's answer : ¨The Black hole of calcutta¨. But Clive's army came by quick and marches to Palassy , thugh theere was no Mr Jaffar . For ten days Clive waited but there was still no sign , no message . Waiting for Jaffar , Clive launched a sudden attack and before Suraj had time to counter , Clive had scattered the native army along India , but Suraj carried aout a counter-attack by elephants .

This is a jingoist biopic , partially based on historical events , set In the mid-1700's when the East India Company had power over commerce on the sub-continent, with the blessings of the British government . It is a patriotic biographic movie about Colonel Robert Clive , but being more a romantic melodrama than a biopic or a historical film . It was panned by reviewers for giving an apology , being an ¨ode¨ to colonialism and British Imperialism . Nice acting by Ronald Colman as a tough man who at the beginning frustrated by his lack of advancement in his life , he then transfers to the military arm of the company, where he excels .His couple is one of the best stars of 20th Century Fox Film, the beautiful Loretta Young . Support cast is frankly excellent , plenty of notorious secondaries as C. Aubrey Smith as Prime Minister , Colin Clive , Francis Lister ,Cesar Romero , Montagu Love and Leo G. Carroll . And uncredited , John Carradine and Don Ameche as Prisoner .

Rousing and evocative musical score by the classy composer Alfred Newman . Atmospheric and adequate cinematography in black and white by J. Peverell Marley . Impressive and breathtaking production design by Richard Day . The motion picture lavishly produced by Daryl F Zanuck , was professionally made by Director Richard Boleslawski . Richard was a prestigious filmmaker by making several important films at major studios like MGM and Fox before his premature death in January 1937. Among his most important directing assignments were Rasputin and the Empress (1932) (the only film in which John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore and Ethel Barrymore appeared together), Men in White (1934) (Clark Gable and Myrna Loy), The painted veil (1934) (Greta Garbo), Les Misérables (1935) (Fredric March and Charles Laughton) and Theodora Goes Wild (1936) (with Irene Dunne) and a wide range of genres. He even directed a musical, Metropolitan (1935) (Lawrence Tibbett) and a western, 3 Godfathers (1936) (Chester Morris). His best film was his penultimate one , Garden of Alah (1936) (with Marlene Dietrich), the exteriors of which were shot in the burning heat of the southwestern American desert , until his early death at 48 .


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