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Ronald Colman plays Robert Clive, a true-life 18th century Britisher who works up the ranks to become leader of Britain's military forces in India. Though produced on a superficially lavish scale, the film inexpensively sidesteps several of Clive's more famous battles with Indian insurrectionists, relegating them to offscreen events described by subtitles. The notorious Sepoy Mutiny "Black Hole of Calcutta" incident, hardly a costly event to recreate, is faithfully presented. In real life, Clive was ruined by a trial in the House of Commons, after which he suffered a nervous breakdown and committed suicide. The film tactfully closes on the trial and Clive's reunion with his faithful wife (Loretta Young). Typically jingoistic in its "White Man's Burden" approach to East Indian affairs, Clive of India is best viewed in context of the time it was filmed (1935), when the sun still hadn't set on the British Empire. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Ronald Colman
as Robert Clive
Loretta Young
as Margaret Maskelyne Clive
Colin Clive
as Lt. Johnstone
Francis Lister
as Edmund Maskelyne
C. Aubrey Smith
as Prime Minister
Cesar Romero
as Mir Jaffar
Montagu Love
as Governor Pigot
Lumsden Hare
as Sgt. Clark
Ferdinand Munier
as Adm. Watson
Gilbert Emery
as Sullivan
Leo G. Carroll
as Manning
Etienne Girardot
as Warburton
Robert Greig
as Pemberton
Ian Wolfe
as Kent
Herbert Bunston
as 1st Director
Mischa Auer
as Suraj Ud Dowlah
Ferdinand Gottschalk
as Old Member
Wyndham Standing
as Col. Townsend
Doris Lloyd
as Mrs. Nixon
Edward Cooper
as Clive's Butler
Pat Somerset
as Lt. Walsh
Leonard Mudie
as Gen. Burgoyne
Don Ameche
as Prisoner at Black Hole of Calcutta
John Carradine
as Drunken-Faced Clerk
Neville Clarke
as Vincent
Douglas Gerrard
as Lt. Walsh
Keith Hitchcock
as 2nd Director
Olaf Hytten
as Parson at Hasting
Connie Leon
as Ayah
Eily Malyon
as Mrs. Clifford
Des Roberts
as 3rd Director
Ann Shaw
as Lady Lindley
Neville Clarke
as Vincent
Des Roberts
as 3rd Director
Keith Hitchcock
as 2nd Director
Connie Leon
as Ayah
Douglas Gerrard
as Lt. Walsh
Eily Malyon
as Mrs. Clifford
John Carradine
as Drunken-Faced Clerk
Don Ameche
as Prisoner at Black Hole of Calcutta
Olaf Hytten
as Parson at Hasting

Crew

Richard Boleslawski
Director
William Goetz
Producer
Raymond Griffith
Producer
W.P. Lipscomb
Play Author
W.P. Lipscomb
Screenwriter
J. Peverell Marley
Cinematographer
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Omar Kiam
Costume Designer
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