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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
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
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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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"I am TONDELAYO!"

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Adventure | Drama

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Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Trivia

The play opened on Broadway, New York City, New York, USA on 5 November 1923 and had 257 performances. 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 »

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Tondelayo: Tondelayo make tiffin.
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Featured in Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen: Censored (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Ma Blushin' Rosie
(1900) (uncredited)
Music by John Stromberg
Lyrics by Edgar Smith
Played on a record in Langford's quarters and danced solo by Hedy Lamarr and then with Richard Carlson
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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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