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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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Complete credited cast:
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John 'Johnny' Zinga
Elisabeth Welch ...
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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Trivia

In the film, Paul Robeson performs a scene from Louis Gruenberg's operatic version of "The Emperor Jones". He had earlier starred in Eugene O'Neill's original play on Broadway (1923) and in the film version of the play (The Emperor Jones (1933)). See more »

Connections

Featured in American Masters: Paul Robeson: Here I Stand (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

God Save the King
(uncredited)
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Heard after the performance of 'The Black Emperor' as John Zinga returns to his dressing room
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Another great Paul Robeson movie.
26 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is about how sheer chance and pure luck and can lead to fame and fortune. Paul Robeson is wonderful. His singing is comparable to that in the 1936 Show Boat, arguably the greatest musical ever made by Hollywood. Paul Robeson is such a commanding presence in this movie that without him this movie could not be made. Also the story is compelling as a man has a chance to fulfill his dream and in the process learn more about himself and his roots. Anyone who gives any thought to their own roots can relate to this movie. It's about a man's quest for cultural and spiritual fulfillment which this movie mots effectively portrays. Also impressive is Elizabeth Welch who plays Mr. Robeson's wife. A good story, well acted, excellent, inspirational songs, all combined to create a great movie.


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