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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:

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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 »

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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 is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #372. See more »

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

Connections

Remade as Sanders (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Congo Lullaby
(uncredited)
Music by Mischa Spoliansky
Lyrics by Arthur Wimperis
Sung by Paul Robeson
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Sanders of the River has the pleasure of bringing Paul Robeson and Nina Mae McKinney together
5 February 2011 | by tavmSee all my reviews

In reviewing films involving African-Americans in chronological order for Black History Month, it's now 1935 when singer/actor Paul Robeson has gone to England for this movie produced by Alexander Korda's London Films with direction by Korda's brother Zoltan. It takes place and is partially filmed in Africa and concerns a British colonialist (Leslie Banks) who places Robeson in charge of keeping peace among various tribes especially when the tribal king (Tony Wane) seems intent on abusing his power. Later on, Robeson meets Nina Mae McKinney and makes her his wife and they have a couple of kids. I'll stop there and just say despite some questionable politics that permeate the film, this was quite a rousing adventure to watch what with many of the wonderful scenery along the countryside with various beautiful animal shots not to mention the wonderful singing voices of Robeson and, in one instance, Ms. McKinney. And the sequences of the tribes, whether chanting or going into battle, bring plenty of excitement to bear. So on that note, Sanders of the River is at the very least, well worth a look.


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