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White Cargo (1942)

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

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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
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The Reverend Dr. Roberts
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Wilbur Ashley
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Ted - First Mate of the Congo Queen
Leigh Whipper ...
Jim Fish
Oscar Polk ...
Umeela
Darby Jones ...
Darby - The Doctor's Houseboy
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Mr. Worthing
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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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"I am TONDELAYO!"

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Adventure | Drama

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12 December 1942 (USA)  »

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A Mestiça  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was initially telecast in Los Angeles Friday 22 November 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Friday 3 January 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), by New York City Monday 3 March 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), and by San Francisco 5 May 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

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The movie is takes place at a West African British colony along the Congo River. However, the Congo is in Central Africa where there are no British Colonies along the river. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Langford: Why does it annoy you that I don't live like a pig?
Mr. Harry Witzel: You didn't come out here to open a cheese shop! You haven't got what it takes. Go on back home.
Mr. Langford: Hear you say, I told you, you'd quite. I hear you say it everyday and with the same intonation. Its getting on my nerves. I'm fed up with your blasted prophecies. "You'll go native." "You'll go home."
Mr. Harry Witzel: That's where you should go, home. Every native here laughs at you behind your back.
Mr. Langford: A lot of help you've given me!
Mr. Harry Witzel: What do you think I am, a wet nurse...
Mr. Langford:
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Featured in Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen: Censored (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Extremely silly and campy, but not crassly so...Lamarr makes it entertaining
21 October 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Lusty half-caste on a British-owned rubber plantation in Africa--speaking in broken English and always preceded by the tinkling of her jewelry--insinuates herself between the two badgering white foremen; she childishly pits the hotheaded adversaries against one another, winner take Tondelayo! Leon Gordon's play, an adaptation of the novel "Hell's Playground" by Ida Vera Simonton, raised enough eyebrows in the 1920s to make it a hit, but by 1942 the material was already seeming awfully trite and thin. Director Richard Thorpe doesn't even try to disguise the stage-origins, keeping his actors running from Point A to Point B in quick little mad dashes. However, despite the lack of style and finesse, Hedy Lamarr's ripened female-savage is something to see, and occasionally her lines even get intentional laughs. ** from ****


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