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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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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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 »

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Mr. Langford: Poor devil, looks scared to death. What's he saying?
The Reverend Dr. Roberts: Apparently, he's stolen something. A rifle. My rifle!
Mr. Harry Witzel: Recognize him? One of your converts, isn't he?
The Reverend Dr. Roberts: Yes.
Mr. Harry Witzel: Yeah, well I never knew it to fail! That's what you get for pampering him. Giving him fair wages, instead of the whip. Stamping out famine and leprosy, swapping medical centers for witch doctors, bibles for voodoos. Well, maybe a dose of my medicine will be more effective than yours. Send him back to Sierra Leone, one year. Court's ...
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There's No Place Like Home (Home, Sweet Home)
(1823) (uncredited)
Music partly composed, and arranged by H.R. Bishop from a Sicilian air
Lyrics by John Howard Payne (1823)
Played on a concertina by Clyde Cook and sung by him, Ralph Morgan,
Bramwell Fletcher, Henry O'Neill, Richard Carlson, Reginald Owen and Walter Pidgeon
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I am Tondelayo.
18 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

One can only wonder how many posters of Hedy Lamarr as Tondelayo were pinned up by soldiers in WWII. She is seductive and appealing and downright hot as a half African who spends the entire film in bra and sarong. Most of the time she is striking seductive poses and lounging on a couch showing off her magnificent body that matches her unequaled facial features.

This is a comedy for the most part, and it is really funny. Frank Morgan is back, not a The Pirate, but as a drunken doctor that has probably been drummed out of the medical establishment and can only get work on this African plantation.

Walter Pidgeon, who would go one to capture two Oscar nominations in the next two years (Mrs. Miniver, Madame Curie), was the leader of the plantation and the colonial law. He was hilarious as a succession of new assistants arrived in white, freshly starched clothing from the Mother Country, and all said the exact same words that drove him nuts.

Of course, he warned all of them about Tondelayo, even banning her from the camp, but it was useless as they all succumbed to her charms.

A must-see for those who appreciate what made our fathers happy in the Big One.


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