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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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Taglines:

"I am TONDELAYO!"

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Adventure | Drama

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12 December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mestiça  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

The doctor hands a small bottle to Tondelayo and describes it only as "new medicine." However, when giving a dose to her husband she calls it "quinine" - a medical term she would unlikely know with her limited command of English. See more »

Quotes

The Doctor: My boy, you don't understand. That's what I'm trying to make you fight! It's a quirk that's become an obsession. It's taking away your reason! It's... affecting your mind!
Mr. Langford: Thanks. I like to be told to my face that I'm a driveling idiot.
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Featured in Personalities (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

The Oceana Roll
(1911) (uncredited)
Music by Lucien Denni
Lyrics by Roger Lewis
Played on a concertina and danced by Clyde Cook
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Delirious but Hugely Entertaining, a Mix of "Lolita" and "Mandingo"
26 January 2000 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

Why wasn't this mentioned in the "Bad Movies We Love" book? Hedy looks great and acts badly, and generally seems to be having the time of her life as a Native Girl interested only in cheap sex and even cheaper jewelry. She seems ecstatic whenever she has a whip in her hand, and delivers her lines with gorgeous pouts and stimulating winks. But beware! She doesn't appear for the first thirty minutes, which we spend listening to White Males bark at each other about how miserable they are. A little bit too much like being at work!


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