Clive of India

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Ronald Colman plays Robert Clive, a true-life 18th century Britisher who works up the ranks to become leader of Britain's military forces in India. Though produced on a superficially lavish scale, the film inexpensively sidesteps several of Clive's more famous battles with Indian insurrectionists, relegating them to offscreen events described by subtitles. The notorious Sepoy Mutiny "Black Hole of Calcutta" incident, hardly a costly event to recreate, is faithfully presented. In real life, Clive was ruined by a trial in the House of Commons, after which he suffered a nervous breakdown and committed suicide. The film tactfully closes on the trial and Clive's reunion with his faithful wife (Loretta Young). Typically jingoistic in its "White Man's Burden" approach to East Indian affairs, Clive of India is best viewed in context of the time it was filmed (1935), when the sun still hadn't set on the British Empire. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Ronald Colman
as Robert Clive
Loretta Young
as Margaret Maskelyne Clive
Cesar Romero
as Mir Jaffar
C. Aubrey Smith
as Prime Minister
Colin Clive
as Capt. Johnstone
Francis Lister
as Edmund Maskelyne
Peter Shaw
as Miller
Robert Greig
as Pemberton
Montagu Love
as Gov. Pigot
Lumsden Hare
as Sgt. Clark
Wyndham Standing
as Col. Townsend
Douglas Gerrard
as Lt. Walsh
Ann Shaw
as Lady Lindley
Doris Lloyd
as Mrs. Nixon
Mischa Auer
as Suraj Ud Dowlah
Ferdinand Munier
as Adm. Watson
Gilbert Emery
as Sullivan
John Carradine
as Drunken-Faced Clerk
Pat Somerset
as Lt. Walsh
Olaf Hytten
as Parson at Hasting
Don Ameche
as Black Hole of Calcutta Prisoner
Herbert Bunston
as 1st Director
Edward Cooper
as Clive's Butler
Eily Malyon
as Mrs. Clifford
Keith Hitchcock
as 2nd Director
Desmond Roberts
as 3rd Director
Joseph R. Tozer
as Sir Frith
Phyllis Clare
as Margaret's Friend
Philip Dare
as Capt. George
Des Roberts
as 3rd Director
Leonard Mudie
as Gen. Burgoyne
Lila Lance
as Mango Seller
Vesey O'Davoren
as 2nd Surveyor
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