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White Cargo (1942)

Passed  -  Adventure | Drama  -  12 December 1942 (USA)
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The story takes place at a British plantation in Africa where Tandelayo entices all the Brits, especially Harry Witzel.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Tondelayo
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Harry Witzel
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The Doctor
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Mr. Langford
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Skipper of the Congo Queen
Henry O'Neill ...
The Reverend Dr. Roberts
Bramwell Fletcher ...
Wilbur Ashley
Clyde Cook ...
Ted - First Mate of the Congo Queen
Leigh Whipper ...
Jim Fish
Oscar Polk ...
Umeela
Darby Jones ...
Darby - The Doctor's Houseboy
Richard Ainley ...
Mr. Worthing
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Storyline

In Africa early in World War II, a British rubber plantation executive reminisces about his arrival in the Congo in 1910. He tells the story of a love-hate triangle involving Harry Witzel, an in-country station superintendent who'd seen it all, Langford, a new manager sent from England for a four-year stint, and Tondelayo, a siren of great beauty who desires silk and baubles. Witzel is gruff and seasoned, certain that Langford won't be able to cut it. Langford responds with determination and anger, attracted to Tondelayo because of her beauty, her wiles, and to get at Witzel. Manipulation, jealousy, revenge, and responsibility play out as alliances within the triangle shift. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Adventure | Drama

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12 December 1942 (USA)  »

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A Mestiça  »

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Trivia

Because of the miscegenation aspects of the play (Tondelayo was a black woman), it was on the Production Code Administraiton's "condemned" list of sources not to be considered. A big outcry was heard when the British film, based on the same sources, was released in New York in March, 1930, because it was deemed to violate the spirit of the Hays decree. MGM hired playwright Leon Gordon to adapt his play for the screen; he changed Tondelayo's parentage to half Egyptian and half Arab, and it was eventually given an approved certificate. Still, the movie was placed on the Legion of Decency's condemned list, and the film was banned in Singapore and Trinidad because of its racial implications. See more »

Quotes

Darby: I feel calm and relaxed.
The Doctor: Like morphine starting to take effect.
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The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played on a concertina by Clyde Cook
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Getting Acclimatized With Tondeleyo
7 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Infamous Bad Movie with a Famous Performance from Hedy Lamarr that became the butt of Jokes for Decades and a WWII G.I. Pinup. It is all Contrast between the Loud and Repetitive Dialog and the Soft and Darkly Luminous and Sexy Shots of Tondeleyo, the Half-Breed Man Eater.

It is a Risky Effort and is quite Trashy from a usually La-Dee-Da Studio, MGM and it Skirts the bounds of Post-Hays-Code and what was Considered Moral Righteousness. It has some White Supremacist Lines and the Half-Caste Tondeleyo is made to be Egyptian/Arabic instead of White/Black that Definitely was a No-No.

The Movie was pretty much Dismissed, Disregarded, and Degraded when it came out, mostly because of the Tawdry Tone. Today it is Viewed for its Camp Value and also because the Beautiful Miss Lamarr was Scantily Clad, Heavily Made Up, and Spoke in a Native Vernacular that Tarzan would have Appreciated.

Warning...Do not play a Drinking Game where you take a Drink Every time the Name Tondeleyo is Uttered, and if You include Acclimatized, there will be no Survivors.


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