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White Witch Doctor (1953)

Approved | | Adventure | 1 July 1953 (USA)
In 1907, a nurse arrives in the Belgian Congo to work for a missionary doctor but meets a grumpy animal hunter who secretly plans to search for gold in the dangerous Bakuba tribal region.

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Ellen Burton
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John 'Lonni' Douglas
Walter Slezak ...
Huysman
Mashood Ajala ...
Jacques
Joseph C. Narcisse ...
Utembo
Elzie Emanuel ...
Kapuka
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Jarrett
Otis Greene ...
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Ellen Burton arrives in Africa to join Dr. Mary as her nurse, bringing modern medicine to the native peoples. Lonni Douglas, an animal wrangler and fortune hunter, agrees to take her upriver, despite his misgivings about her suitability for Africa. They battle escaped gorillas, hostile natives, infected lion wounds, and hostile witch doctors to reach their destination and on the way, they fall in love. Will their contrasting interests doom their romance? Written by James Callan <james@oz.net>

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The story of a woman who followed a dream to the end of the earth ... and found a love that will live to the end of time !

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1 July 1953 (USA)  »

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De witte tovenares  »

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$2,020,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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John 'Lonni' Douglas: We leave at dawn.
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"White Witch Doctor" Don't Be Frightened By It **1/2
4 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Routine film dealing with the Congo of 1907 before Belgium took over.

The glamorous Susan Hayward comes there from America to be a nurse and help the missionary Dr. Mary. Problem is that Mary dies at Hayward's arrival time.

Robert Mitchum is a zoo keeper who is in partnership with a sinister Walter Slezak. Slezak wants to go upstream and get the gold there from the natives. That's where Hayward wants to get to so you know where the film is heading.

The film explores that Hayward is able to treat the chief's ailing son. Without joking, the chief looks like Spencer Willians (Andy Brown) of "Amos and Andy" fame on television.

Nice scenery with a routine plot and subplot. You know where this one is heading to very quickly. Nonetheless, Hayward and Mitchum do well together.


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