Jericho

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.

Film Info

Special 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

Available In

Collector's Set

Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist

Paul Robeson: Portraits of the Artist

DVD Box Set

4 Discs

$79.96

Special 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
Jericho
Cast
Paul Robeson
"Jericho" Jackson
Henry Wilcoxon
Captain Mack
Wallace Ford
Mike Clancy
Princess Kouka
Gara
John Laurie
Hassan
James Carew
Major Barnes
Lawrence Brown
Private Face
Rufus Fennell
Sergeant Gamey
Credits
Director
Thornton Freeland
Producer
Walter Futter
Adaptation by
Robert N. Lee
Adaptation by
Peter Ruric
Original story
Walter Futter
Scenario
George Barraud
Cinematography
John W. Boyle
Art direction
Edward Carrick
Sound
A.S. Ross
Editing
E.B. Jarvis
Assistant director
Donald Wilson
Songs
Michael Carr
Songs
Jimmy Kennedy
Musical direction
Van Phillips

From The Current

Paul Robeson: A Modern Man

Called by some the Great Forerunner and others the Tallest Tree in Our Forest, Paul Robeson is without peer in the annals of modern American civilization. His was a life rich with intellectual and emotional complexity and poignancy, unfolding during …

By Clement Alexander Price


Feb 13, 2007