• United Kingdom
  • 1937
  • 75 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  

Seeking out new avenues for his artistry, Paul Robeson moved his family to London in 1928. During the next twelve years, he headlined six British films, pioneering uncharted territory for black actors and reaching a level of prominence unthinkable in Hollywood. Robeson’s first British production, Zoltán Korda’s Sanders of the River, however, ended up being an embarrassment for the actor, its story of an African tribal leader transformed into a celebration of the British Empire. As a result, Robeson sought more artistic control, eventually achieving it with Jericho, which features Robeson in what turned out to be his most satisfying film role, as a World War I officer who escapes his fate as a black man by fleeing to Africa and creating a new world for himself.

Cast

"Jericho" Jackson Paul Robeson
Captain MackHenry Wilcoxon
Mike Clancy Wallace Ford
GaraPrincess Kouka
Hassan John Laurie
Major BarnesJames Carew
Private FaceLawrence Brown
Sergeant GameyRufus Fennell

Credits

DirectorThornton Freeland
ProducerWalter Futter
Adaptation byRobert N. Lee and Peter Ruric
Original storyWalter Futter
ScenarioGeorge Barraud
CinematographyJohn W. Boyle
Art directionEdward Carrick
SoundA.S. Ross
EditingE.B. Jarvis
Assistant directorDonald Wilson
SongsMichael Carr and Jimmy Kennedy
Musical directionVan Phillips

Disc Features

FEATURED ON THE DISC PAUL ROBESON: PIONEER WITH THE FEATURE SANDERS OF THE RIVER

  • New, digital transfers created from the best surviving elements
  • True Pioneer: The British Films of Paul Robeson, a new video program featuring interviews with Paul Robeson Jr. and film historians Stephen Bourne and Ian Christie, and including film clips from Song of Freedom (1936), King Solomon’s Mines (1937), and Big Fella (1937)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

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Film Essays

Paul Robeson: A Modern Man

By Clement Alexander PriceFebruary 12, 2007

Called by some the Great Forerunner and others the Tallest Tree in Our Forest, Paul Robeson is . . . Read more »