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Writers:
Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay)
Wilson Collison (book)
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Release Date:
19 January 1940 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Cast

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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)
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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
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Trivia:
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 29, 1944 with Ann Sothern reprising her film role.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Dr. Michael Shane:Little girls that listen at keyholes don't go to heaven.See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows Maisie (1939)See more »

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Magician's apprentice, 9 November 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

MGM's Tarzan sets got some extra use when in Ann Sothern's Maisie series she did an African film Congo Maisie. The plot which was recycled from Red Dust would get recycled again for Mogambo only that one was actually done on African location.

Ann Sothern stows away on the wrong boat, she has a job in a coastal African town, but this boat commanded by J.M. Kerrigan is going upstream to a small settlement, a research facility where married couple Sheppard Strudwick and Rita Johnson. Even further into the wild is another former doctor now rubber plantation magnate John Carroll and all three go visiting there.

Where both an outbreak of witch doctor fundamentalism and an attack of appendicitis on Strudwick puts the whole party in jeopardy. But not with the ever resourceful Maisie using some tricks she learned from when she was a magician's apprentice.

Using her Maisie character as a bridge between what Jean Harlow and later Ava Gardner did with same part, Sothern is light, breezy, entertaining and very wise in a street smart way. The Maisie series went on for about a decade and Sothern's ingratiating and affable personality was the reason why.

We could all use a wise Maisie in our lives.

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