The Paul Robeson Collection

  |  Buy to Own: 28/01/2008
  |  400 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Box set of films starring Paul Robeson, the actor, athlete, singer and civil rights activist, who could sing and speak in more than twenty languages and was a huge role model for African Americans during the 1920s and '30s. In 'Body and Soul' (1925), a dissolute, venal black preacher (Robeson) shows up in a seedy speakeasy full of criminals and cardsharps, then appears to be trying to dupe a pious mother (Julia Theresa Russell) into marrying off her daughter (Mercedes Gilbert). In 'Sanders of the River' (1935), RG Sanders (Leslie Banks) has established peace in the river district of West Africa where he is a British Resident Commissioner. His probationary chief, Bosambo (Robeson), uses Sanders' orders to free a slave convoy. 'Song of Freedom' (1936) tells the story of a successful British concert singer (Robeson) who discovers he is descended from a West African queen whose tribe is now leaderless. He goes to Africa where he is met with hostility - can he win their hearts and minds?In the musical, 'Big Fella' (1937), a Marseille dock worker (Robeson) befriends a small boy (Eldon Gorst) who has lost his parents after arriving on an ocean liner. Can he reunite the young lad with his mother and father? In 'King Solomon's Mines' (1937), fortune hunter Patrick O'Brien (Arthur Sinclair) is on a trek across the desert in hope of finding the fabled diamond mines of Solomon. His daughter (Anna Lee) persuades hunter Allan Quartermain (Cedric Hardwicke) to lead a party to rescue him. Robeson plays the O'Brien's guide, Umbopa.