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Song of Freedom (1936)

A black British dockworker named Johnny Zinga becomes a famous singer and learns that he is the rightful king of the African island of Casanga.

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John 'Johnny' Zinga
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Ruth Zinga (as Elizabeth Welch)
Esme Percy ...
Gabriel Donozetti
Robert Adams ...
Monty
James Solomon ...
Native Leader
Tony Wane ...
Mandingo (as Ecce Homo Toto)
Ronald Simpson ...
Mr. Blane, the Pianist
George Mozart ...
Bert Puddick
Jenny Dean ...
Marian
Joan Fred Emney ...
Nell Puddick
Bernard Ansell ...
Sir James Pyrie (as Bernerd Ansell)
Johnnie Schofield
Ambrose Manning ...
Trader
Arthur Elliott ...
(as Hon. Arthur Eliot)
Cornelia Smith ...
Queen Zinga (as Miss C. Smith)
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A black British dockworker named Johnny Zinga becomes a famous singer and learns that he is the rightful king of the African island of Casanga.

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Robeson In His Most Memorable Role!-Cast of Thousands In $500,000 Epic!

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17 March 1947 (Denmark)  »

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A Canção da Liberdade  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Although this was the third film made by Hammer Film Productions, it is the earliest to survive in its entirety as no copies of The Public Life of Henry the Ninth (1935) are known to exist and 18 minutes of Phantom Ship (1935) are missing. See more »

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Soundtracks

Lonely Road
Music by Eric Ansell
Lyrics by Henrik Ege
Sung by Paul Robeson at the sing song
Reprised by Paul Robeson at the end
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Great 1936 Classic
25 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Hammer Studio, from London, England which is famous for its horror films surprised me with this great film from 1936 starring Paul Robeson, (John Zinga) who works as a London dock worker and sings songs all the time besides having a great bass voice for the opera and is discovered by a great opera director and producer from London, England. John is always wanting to go to Africa where he came from, but he does not know exactly where he was born, but he still remembers a song which he heard when he was very young. One day John happens to sing this song on stage in an opera performance and this song is recognized by an Englishman who tells him where it comes from and also a charm which John wears around his neck which helped determine its origin. John also has a wife and they both visit this Island and try to introduce themselves to these people and that is when the story gets very interesting. Don't miss this great film from the past, it is a gem in the rough. Enjoy


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