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Sanders of the River (1935)

British District Officer in Nigeria in the 1930's rules his area strictly but justly, and struggles with gun-runners and slavers with the aid of a loyal native chief.

Director:

Zoltan Korda

Writers:

Lajos Biró (adaptation), Jeffrey Dell (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Robeson ... Bosambo
Leslie Banks ... Commissioner R.G. Sanders
Nina Mae McKinney ... Lilongo
Robert Cochran Robert Cochran ... Lieutenant Tibbets (as Robert Cochrane)
Martin Walker Martin Walker ... J. Ferguson
Richard Grey Richard Grey ... Captain Hamilton
Tony Wane Tony Wane ... King Mofolaba
Marqués De Portago Marqués De Portago ... Farini (as Marquis De Portago)
Eric Maturin Eric Maturin ... Smith
Allan Jeayes Allan Jeayes ... Father O'Leary
Charles Carson ... Governor of the Territory
Luao Luao ... Chief of the Wagenia [Congo] Tribe
Kilongalonga Kilongalonga ... Chief of the Wagenia [Congo] Tribe
Oboja Oboja ... Chief of the Acholi Tribe
Members of Acholi Tribe Members of Acholi Tribe ... Themselves (as Members of the Acholi Tribe)
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Storyline

British District Officer in Nigeria in the 1930's rules his area strictly but justly, and struggles with gun-runners and slavers with the aid of a loyal native chief. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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Genres:

Adventure | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bosambo See more »

Filming Locations:

Africa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

London Film Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the wonderful looking shots of African river scenes were in fact filmed on the River Thames at Shepperton. See more »

Goofs

Paul Robeson's chest hair comes and goes, from one sequence to another. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Old Bones of the River (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Congo Lullaby
(uncredited)
Music by Mischa Spoliansky
Lyrics by Arthur Wimperis
Sung by Paul Robeson
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When the cat is away...
6 August 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The lines are often unintentionally funny ("My king -of England - is the greatest king on Earth!" "I'm sending you to Sandi" ) and the movie is Tarzanesque,with its evil chief rubbing his hands before killing a good guy .The natives are big irresponsible children who desperately need the help of the white men and above all Lord -Sandi-Sanders.When he's away (they say he's dead),there's no law anymore;but when he's back,so is the law.It speaks volumes about the paternalistic side of this obsolete work:English colonizers are here to bring justice,peace,love and understanding,their intentions are so pure their black protégés (the good ones that is) cannot make up their minds without Father Sandi's piece of advice.

The good chief's songs are closer to Negro spirituals than to African folklore .And the lullaby his wife sings to her little black dove would fit nicely in a Disney cartoon,such as "the Lion King" .


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