Old Bones of the River (1938)

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Farce of a professor who is forced to collect taxes and administer while the commissioner is on leave and his deputy ill.

Professor Tibbetts, who works for the Teaching and Welfare Institute for the Reformation of Pagans (TWIRPS), travels to 'darkest Africa' to set up local schools. On his journey he meets M'Bapi, returning to his tribe after studying at Oxford, who uses the unwitting Tibbetts to smuggle alcohol into the country, as part of a villainous plan to gain control of his land. When Commissioner Saunders goes on leave, and his deputy Hamilton falls ill, the bumbling Tibbetts takes over. Tibbetts attempts to collect taxes, but M'Bapi takes advantage of the situation to overthrow his brother, Bosambo, who has been loyal to the British. Tibbetts and his two allies attempt to stop the revolt, rescuing a baby that is set to be sacrificed, before defending their base with the assistance of Bosambo, who kills his brother. The film ends with Tibbetts congratulated by the returning Saunders, before he inadvertently sets off some dynamite that he had earlier laid out.

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