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Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay)
Wilson Collison (book)
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Release Date:
19 January 1940 (USA) See more »
In this reworking of "Red Dust," showgirl Maisie Ravier is left stranded in an African village. She's given refuge by Michael Shane... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Ann Sothern ... Maisie Ravier
John Carroll ... Dr. Michael Shane
Rita Johnson ... Kay McWade
Shepperd Strudwick ... Dr. John McWade
J.M. Kerrigan ... Captain Finch
E.E. Clive ... Horace Snell
Everett Brown ... Jallah
Tom Fadden ... Nelson
Lionel Pape ... British Consul
Nathan Curry ... Luemba
Leonard Mudie ... Farley
Martin Wilkins ... Zia
Ernest Whitman ... Varnai
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Broadus ... Third Witch Doctor (uncredited)
Tom Farrell ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Buddy Harris ... Second Witch Doctor (uncredited)
Darby Jones ... First Witch Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
H.C. Potter 
Writing credits
Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay)

Wilson Collison (book "Congo Landing")

Produced by
J. Walter Ruben .... producer
Original Music by
Edward Ward 
Cinematography by
Charles Lawton Jr.  (as Charles Lawton)
Film Editing by
Fredrick Y. Smith 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gilbert Kurland .... assistant director (uncredited)
Walter Strohm .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Gabriel Scognamillo .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
Other crew
Ralph Donaldson .... technical advisor (as Ralph F. Donaldson)
Val Raset .... African dances (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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71 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

The second of ten movies starring Ann Sothern as the heroine Maisie Ravier.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Dr. Shane is trying to hold off the natives at the end, Maisie comes out and does some magic tricks - a color-changing scarf, and cards appearing from nowhere. Dr. Shane tells her to do more, and she says that's all she has. Yet earlier, she was doing a trick with a disappearing ball. And later she comes out doing a water trick.See more »
Dr. Michael Shane:Little girls that listen at keyholes don't go to heaven.See more »
Movie Connections:
Followed by Maisie Gets Her Man (1942)See more »


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Light and enjoyable., 11 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

During the late 30s and through the 40s, Ann Sothern made ten Maisie films. They were clearly B-movies--short, relatively low budget (for MGM) and meant as second films in a double-feature. Yet, despite this, they also were very polished and entertaining. Clearly, MGM made nice looking B-films.

In this second installment, Maisie is inexplicably in central Africa! Why is never really explained well and seeing the blonde Sothern traipsing about what is supposed to be African jungle is rather surreal. As far as the plot goes, it's a reworking of "Red Dust" but due to the Production Code, the sexiness of the remake is much more subdued than the original. In the original, Jean Harlow was a tramp--a nice tramp but clearly a tramp. Here, Maisie is a nice girl--a show girl but a NICE show girl.

When the film begins, Maisie stows away on a boat. Instead of heading down river to Lagos, it heads up river to disease-ridden and superstition-filled jungle. Along the way, she teams up with a grumpy ex-doctor, Dr. Shane (John Carrol), and they head to a jungle hospital--where the "Red Dust"-like plot ensues. There, another doctor's wife is bored and lonely and immediately falls for Dr. Shane. But, Maisie being a good girl, she does what she can to help the lady realize her problems WON'T be solved with an affair. How all this works out you'll just have to see for yourself.

Aside from stealing a few clips from "Trader Horn", the film looks pretty good for a stage-bound B-movie set in the jungle. And, the acting and story work well. Overall, it's an agreeable little film and a decent remake since the story is more a reworking than a direct remake. Worth your time even if it is a bit patronizing in how it depicts many of the Africans.

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