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Old Bones of the River (1938)

In this British comedy, a professor travels up river in Africa to open schools. But his new pupils are not receptive and when the commander of the local base succumbs to malaria, he takes ... See full summary »

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Marcel Varnel
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Will Hay ... Prof. Benjamin Tibbetts
Moore Marriott ... Jerry Harbottle
Graham Moffatt Graham Moffatt ... Albert Brown
Robert Adams Robert Adams ... Bosambo
Jack London Jack London ... M'Bapi
Wyndham Goldie Wyndham Goldie ... Commissioner Sanders
Jack Livesey ... Capt. Hamilton
Western Brothers Western Brothers ... The Voice of Reproach (as The Western Brothers)
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In this British comedy, a professor travels up river in Africa to open schools. But his new pupils are not receptive and when the commander of the local base succumbs to malaria, he takes on his duties too. Aided by the crew of the boat he arrived on he starts collecting taxes from the locals! Written by Anonymous

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UK

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English

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December 1938 (UK) See more »

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Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Mono (British Acoustic)

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1.37 : 1
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In the modern world of political correctness, some of the humor in this film would be likely to cause offense. See more »

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Spoofs Sanders of the River (1935) See more »

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Native Marching Song
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Louis Levy
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The White Man's Burden
22 May 2015 | by bugsmoran29See all my reviews

"Old Bones of the River' is probably the least funny of movies made by Will Hay, Moore Marriott and Graham during the Thirties. Like most films made about Africa it crosses the line into racism a few times. Having said all of that, it is still a delightful movie. Will Hay manages to find himself in charge of 1500 untamed miles in the deepest and dark part of Africa. He is poorly assisted in his duties of collecting the taxes and maintaining the peace by two old African hands played by Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt. The chemistry and bantering between these three English comic legends is worth the price of admission. It is a pot boiler that has enough in it to keep you watching.


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