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Stanley and Livingstone (1939)

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When American newspaperman and adventurer Henry M. Stanley comes back from the western Indian wars, his editor James Gordon Bennett sends him to Africa to find Dr. David Livingstone, the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Eve Kingsley
Richard Greene ...
Gareth Tyce
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Jeff Slocum
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Lord Tyce
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Dr. David Livingstone (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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James Gordon Bennett Jr.
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John Kingsley
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Sir John Gresham
David Torrence ...
Mr. Cranston
Holmes Herbert ...
Frederick Holcomb
C. Montague Shaw ...
Sir Oliver French (as Montague Shaw)
Brandon Hurst ...
Sir Henry Forrester
Hassan Said ...
Hassan
Paul Harvey ...
Colonel Grimes
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Storyline

When American newspaperman and adventurer Henry M. Stanley comes back from the western Indian wars, his editor James Gordon Bennett sends him to Africa to find Dr. David Livingstone, the missing Scottish missionary. Stanley finds Livingstone ("Dr. Livingstone, I presume.") blissfully doling out medicine and religion to the happy natives. His story is at first disbelieved. When Livingstone later dies, Stanley returns to continue the good doctor's work (which, of course, never really happened). Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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He succeeded in the maddest quest in History...because one girl believed in him! See more »


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18 August 1939 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Neither Spencer Tracy nor Walter Brennan ever actually went to Africa during the making of this film. Stand-ins for both of them were used in the long shots during the safari sequences, and whenever Tracy or Brennan were shown "on safari" in close-up against African scenery, they were acting in front of a rear projection screen. See more »

Goofs

The first part, in Wyoming Territory during Indian wars, was filmed in Idaho, Sun Valley - not Wyoming. You can see the Ski Slope and Ski Runs for Sun Valley Resort in the background. See more »

Quotes

Henry M. Stanley: Dr. Livingstone, I presume?
[Henry M. Stanley said this on Friday, October 27th 1871, in reality]
Dr. David Livingstone: Yes!
Henry M. Stanley: Thank God, Doctor, I have been permitted to see you.
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Crazy Credits

To the officials of His Majesty's government in British East Africa, the producers wish to express their appreciation for the cooperation that made possible the filming of the safari sequences in Kenya, Tanganyka and Uganda. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Some More of Samoa (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Onward Christian Soldiers
(uncredited)
Music from "St. Gertrude" by Arthur Sullivan (1871)
Hymn by Sabine Baring-Gould (1865)
Played when Stanley finds Livingstone and often as background music
Sung a cappella by natives
Reprised at the end by offscreen chorus and orchestra
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The wild west moves east
25 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting movie for a couple of reasons. It suffers from coming out in 1939, which may be the great year of movie releases in history. Its history might be quite different if it was not buried amongst the movie icons that also came out that year.

The first thing I found worth noting was how Hollywood converted the basic western format into an African safari. You could see/hear so many western standard devices as you viewed the film. It was once stated that all movies can be converted into a cowboy movie. This movie was a very short trip in that respect.

The second, and best part, was the whole historical concept of the story, despite the difference from the actual story, which were so eloquently detailed below. The story of this journey, along with the journey of Lewis and Clark, or one-armed Capt. John Wesley Powell through the southwest, especially the Grand Canyon, make up some of the greatest adventures of modern times.

All in all, this movie is a good adventure.


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