Rhodes of Africa

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African-American students who have accepted Rhodes scholarships may feel like wincing at Rhodes of Africa, an unabashed celebration of British imperialism. Walter Huston portrays Cecil Rhodes, the 19th century explorer who dreamed of "taming" the rugged African terrain. Establishing the colony of Rhodesia, the film's "hero" opens up the rest of the continent for the benefit of Mother England and its industrial elite. Increasing friction between Rhodes and Dutch prime minister Kruger (Oscar Homolka) results in the Boer War, treated herein as a noble British victory (Three years later, Kruger would be the hero of the Nazi-sanctioned Ohm Kruger, which was twice as tastelessly chauvinistic as Rhodes of Africa). Undeniably stirring and impressive, Rhodes of Africa nonetheless treats the subjugation of Africa as something pure and wonderful. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Walter Huston
as Cecil Rhodes
Oscar Homolka
as Paul Kruger
Basil Sydney
as Dr. Jamison
Frank Cellier
as Barney Barnato
Peggy Ashcroft
as Ann Carpenter
Renne de Vaux
as Mrs. Kruger
Bernard Lee
as Cartwright
Ndanisa Kumalo
as King Lobengula
Glennis Lorimer
as Cartwright's Fiancee
Percy Parsons
as Hendricks
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