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Sanders of the River (1935)

Sanders of the River





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Based on the book by Edgar Wallace and produced by London Film Productions, the adventure drama Sanders of the River is an Imperialist propaganda film about British Colonial rule in Africa. Leslie Banks plays Commissioner "Lord Sandy" Sanders, who maintains British rule over the N'Gombi district of Nigeria. The fugitive Bosambo (Paul Robeson) helps out Sanders by humiliating the evil Chief Mofolaba (Tony Wane). Sanders then recognizes Bosambo as chief of the Ochuri people and peace is maintained for five years. When Sanders leaves for London, word gets out that he is dead and white men come in to sell guns and liquor to the natives. Chief Mofolaba kills Sanders' replacement, Ferguson (Martin Walker), and captures Bosambo's wife Lilongo (Nina Mae McKinney). Father O'Leary (Allan Jeayes) gets Sanders to come back and stop Mofolaba, and eventually Bosambo is crowned king. Robeson and McKinney sing several songs in this film. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
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Paul Robeson
as Bosambo
Leslie Banks
as R.G. Sanders
Martin Walker
as Ferguson
Tony Wane
as King Mofolaba
Allan Jeayes
as Father O'Leary
Charles Carson
as Governor of the Terr...
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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An old-fashioned British colonial adventure drama set in Africa.

Full Review… | October 29, 2014
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Full Review… | May 24, 2003

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