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Dark Sands (1937)

Jericho (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Adventure | 16 August 1938 (USA)
During WWI, action hero Robeson escapes an unjust death sentence to ramble around Arabia.

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Thornton Freeland

Writers:

George Barraud, Walter Futter (story) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Paul Robeson ... Cpl. Jericho Jackson
Henry Wilcoxon ... Capt. Mack
Wallace Ford ... Mike Clancy
Kouka ... Gara
John Laurie ... Hassan
James Carew James Carew ... Maj. J.R. Barnes
Lawrence Brown Lawrence Brown ... Pvt. Face
Rufus Fennell Rufus Fennell ... Sgt. Gamey
Ike Hatch Ike Hatch ... Pvt. Tag
Frank Cram Frank Cram ... Col. Lake
Frank Cochrane Frank Cochrane ... Agouba
George Barraud ... Explorer
Frederick Cooper Frederick Cooper ... Explorer
Henry Aubin Henry Aubin ... Explorer
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During the Great War, a Negro corporal, Jericho Jackson, disobeys an order and saves crewmen trapped below deck after an attack. A sergeant dies in the incident; Jackson is court-martialed and sentenced to death. He bolts, and his captain unjustly gets a five-year sentence for aiding his escape; the captain vows to bring Jackson to justice. Meanwhile, Jackson has stolen a boat and sailed from Bordeaux to Morocco where his skills as a physician give him a new lease on life. He becomes a chief responsible for negotiating peace among tribes and leading the annual great salt caravan. A confrontation with his old captain is, however, unavoidable. Can there be justice? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Sands See more »

Filming Locations:

Cairo, Egypt See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT Wednesday 5 June 1940. It is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Its earliest documented Post-WWII telecast took place in New York City Wednesday 27 April 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary
(uncredited)
Written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams
Played and sung at the Songfest
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Paul Robeson is in fine voice in this passable musical drama about a GI escaping to a desert after he accidentally killed a man.
2 November 1998 | by Art-22See all my reviews

Paul Robeson shines as a GI who disobeys orders to abandon a torpedoed ship in order to pry loose a door and free 6 fellow Negro soldiers. He punches his sergeant, who falls and hits his head and dies, while Robeson continues his effort and succeeds in rescuing the men. His captain, Henry Wilcoxon, stands up for him at a hearing, declaring it would be unjust to punish a man for a heroic deed. But the major in charge disagrees, since Robeson disobeyed orders and struck a superior officer. He is put under arrest pending a court-martial. On Christmas Eve, Wilcoxon lets Robeson out of his cell to join fellow soldiers at a Christmas songfest, but Robeson escapes in a small boat, befriending Wallace Ford, the only other person in the boat. They head for Africa and Robeson starts a new happy life in the desert, marrying Princess Kouka, who bears him two children. Meanwhile, Wilcoxon is court-martialed for complicity in the escape and sentenced to Leavenworth for five years. When he gets out, his only object in life is to find and bring back Robeson, who could clear hum of the complicity charge. Wilcoxon accidentally sees Robeson in a newsreel some explorers shot while in Africa, and he goes to bring him back.

Two original songs were written for Robeson, whose rich baritone voice is always a pleasure to hear. There's also a bit of adventure in the film, as Robeson leads a 12-mile-long caravan of camels trekking to an area to pick up a year's supply of salt. In an exciting sequence, they have to fight off a group of bandits.


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