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Kongo (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Horror | 1 October 1932 (USA)
This remake of West of Zanzibar (1928) made four years later tries to outdo the Lon Chaney original in morbidity. From a wheelchair a handicapped white man rules an area of Africa as a ... See full summary »

Director:

William J. Cowen (as William Cowen)

Writers:

Leon Gordon (screen play), Chester M. De Vonde (based upon the play by) (as Chester DeVonde) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Walter Huston ... Flint Rutledge
Lupe Velez ... Tula
Conrad Nagel ... Kingsland
Virginia Bruce ... Ann Whitehall
C. Henry Gordon ... Gregg Whitehall
Mitchell Lewis ... Hogan
Forrester Harvey ... Cookie
Curtis Nero Curtis Nero ... Fuzzy
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This remake of West of Zanzibar (1928) made four years later tries to outdo the Lon Chaney original in morbidity. From a wheelchair a handicapped white man rules an area of Africa as a living god. He rules the local natives through superstition and stage magic and he rules the few white people through sadism, keeping them virtual prisoners. He lives for the day he can avenge himself horribly on the man who stole his wife and crushed his spine. Strong and macabre stuff in a nearly forgotten horror film. Written by Mark Leeper <mleeper@lucent.com>

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IN THE HEART OF THE KONGO! See more »

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Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The original play opened in New York on 30 March 1926, with Walter Huston in the role of Flint. See more »

Quotes

Tula: How you do?
Kingsland: Well, am I seeing things or is this a white woman?
Flint: Portuguese.
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Version of West of Zanzibar (1928) See more »

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Sweat, Sluts & Leeches
19 May 2003 | by shark-43See all my reviews

This movie is stunning. Made before the Hays Code came down hard on Hollywood - this movie and (many like them made during the Depression) - tried everything they could to get audiences to part with their hard-earned and hard to find money. So, many of the early thirties movies were filled with sex, drugs, pathos, fallen women, forbidden love and anything else naughty. People just wanted to forget and certainly anything set in the far off lands of Africa made people dream and fantasize and drool. I was lucky enough to see this on a movie screen last night at a retrospective on Pre-Hays Code movies. And this movie is unbelievable. Walter Huston chews up the scenery and the jungle and everything else in it. Revenge! He wants revenge for the man who "kicked in his spine"! Huston keeps a sign up in his place with the words "He Sneered" on it - to remind Huston that the man SNEERED, SNEERED mind you! as he kicked in his spine. And his plot for revenge is mind-boggling and hilarious. Yes, this movie is dated and the poor actors dressed up as ignorant savages can only be pitied - (they even have the large rings in their noses!!!). But as a sweaty, dirty jungle movie - they don't get any better than this. Seek this weirdo out!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Congo See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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