Starring Jean Hersholt, Albert Rogell’s Mamba takes place in 1913 in German East Africa, now Tanzania. August Bolte is a thoroughly disgusting plantation owner who violently mistreats his African workers, sexually abuses native women, and is shunned by both the British and German military officers garrisoned in the border area between British and German colonies. He buys himself an impoverished countess as a wife and brings her back to Africa where she soon is terrorized by the alien environment. The film went into production in late 1929, when Tiffany, a low-budget, independent studio decided to play with the big boys in Hollywood, investing half a million dollars to make a sound, color and 3-D film. This screening is part of Lightbox Film Center’s new series, Down & Dirty in Gower Gulch, a retrospective of low-budget “Poverty Row” films from the ‘30s and ‘40s restored by UCLA Film & Television Archives.