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Sanders of the River (1935)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Music | 26 June 1935 (USA)
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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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

This film was included in the first syndicated television presentation of a package of major studio feature films on USA television; it premiered in Philadelphia Friday 4 June 1948 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Chicago Monday 21 June 1948 on WGN (Channel 9), by Cleveland Sunday 11 July 1948 on WEWS (Channel 5), by New York City Sunday 25 July 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), by Baltimore Saturday 30 October 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2), and by Los Angeles Sunday 2 January 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). The package consisted of 24 Alexander Korda productions originally released theatrically between 1933 and 1942. See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

Spoofed in Steve of the River (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

My Little Black Dove
(uncredited)
Music by Mischa Spoliansky
Lyrics by Arthur Wimperis
Sung by Nina Mae McKinney, Paul Robeson
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Africa in the movies, circa 1935
1 September 2005 | by FelixtheCatSee all my reviews

Leslie Banks stars as the title character, a British officer who manages to keep the peace between the African tribes loyal to His Majesty and those loyal to the African king. His right-hand man, one of the tribal leaders, played by Paul Robeson, does all he can to help Banks maintain the peace, but when Banks takes a trip away from the region, all heck breaks loose. Robeson tries his best to stem the tide of revolution against the British in Sanders' absence.

Zoltan Korda directed this surprisingly lesser-quality film, but actually wanted to make a more positive film in regards to its portrayal of Africa, but sadly he was dissuaded. Also, it is sad to see Robeson, such a political force for equality in real life, play a stereotypically subservient role to Banks. The film was based on Edgar Wallace's novel at the urging of the film's producer and director's brother, Alexander.


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